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by Matt Campbell

The 2014 Renault Megane has received a nose job, but there’s a lot more to the updated French car than meets the eye.

That’s because Renault has switched from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the majority of the Megane range to a downsized 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol mill.

The updated Megane’s tiny powerplant produces 97kW of power at 5500rpm and 205Nm of torque at 2000rpm – down in terms of power compared to the old 2.0-litre (103kW), but up in terms of torque (195Nm).

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The engine was already available as part of the pre-facelift range in the base Expression model, but it is the only petrol engine available in the new regular Megane line-up. It was previously only available with a manual transmission, but now there’s a six-speed dual-clutch automatic available, too.

Fuel use for the new engine drops by 28 per cent, with the manual retaining its claimed 5.6 litres per 100km rating, which is mirrored by the auto despite the manual being the only model with engine stop-start.

The only other engine option is the 1.5-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder, which retains the same outputs of 81kW and 240Nm. This version is only available with a dual-clutch automatic, with fuel use rated at 4.5L/100km.

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The Expression version is gone, replaced by the newly added Authentique variant for the hatch, while Renault has expanded the GT-Line range – which sees the adoption of a sportier suspension and steering tune, not to mention a number of styling and specification tweaks – added in 2013, with new hatch and wagon versions available. The entry versions of the wagon are called Dynamique, and see slight equipment differences to the hatch. See below for a full specification and price breakdown.

As was the case with the previous Megane, all models in the five-door hatch and wagon ranges are covered by a three-year capped price service program ($299 per year, services every 12 months or 15,000km), and a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

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Renault Megane hatch and wagon – specifications:

Authentique hatch:
16-inch steel wheels
Manual air-conditioning controls
USB input
Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
Steering wheel stalk audio controls
Cruise control with speed limiter
Smart key card entry with push-button start
Daytime running lights
Front and rear fog-lights
Digital speedometer
Front 12-volt outlet
Cloth upholstery
Six airbags

Dynamique wagon (adds):
16-inch alloy wheels
Dual-zone climate control
Automatic headlights and wipers
Front and rear parking sensors
LED daytime running lights
Leather-wrapped gearknob and steering wheel
Luggage net
Heated, electronically folding side mirrors

GT-Line (in addition/over Authentique hatch/Dynamique wagon ):
17-inch alloy wheels
R-Link touchscreen media system
Satellite navigation
Automatic headlights
Automatic wipers
LED daytime running lights
Rear fog-lights (no front)
Front and rear parking sensors
Electronic park brake
Hands-free entry
Renault Sport analogue speedometer with digital capability
Centre arm-rest with storage
Rear 12-volt outlet
Leather trim with red stitching highlights on seats, steering wheel and gear-knob
Carbonfibre-effect dash trim with red trim

GT-Line Premium (in addition/over GT-Line):
Reverse-view camera
Visio System – lane departure warning and automatic high and low beam headlights
Dual-pane panoramic sunroof
Heated front seats
Leather trim with grey stitching and trim highlights on seats, steering wheel and gear-knob
Grey seatbelts
Carbonfibre-effect dash trim with silver trim

Renault Megane hatch and wagon – manufacturer’s list pricing (plus on-road costs):

Hatch:
Authentique petrol manual – $20,990
Authentique petrol automatic – $23,490
Authentique diesel automatic – $25,990
GT-Line petrol automatic – $26,990
GT-Line diesel automatic – $29,490
GT-Line Premium petrol automatic – $30,990
GT-Line Premium diesel automatic – $33,490

Wagon:
Dynamique petrol automatic – $26,990
GT-Line petrol automatic – $28,490
Dynamique diesel automatic – $29,490
GT-Line diesel automatic – $31,490
GT-Line Premium petrol automatic – $32,490
GT-Line Premium diesel automatic  – $35,490

Click the Photos tab above for more images of the 2014 Renault Megane range.




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