The logical place to take a drop-top is to the coast. The sun was shining, the birds were singing... and the Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet was roaring along, surprisingly seeming a little out of tune with its ambient surroundings. With the top down, the convertible behaves a little wildly. Bumps in the road can be felt vibrating through the steering wheel and it's not incredibly compliant over jagged road edges, almost stomping along.
The Megane CC was far more composed with the roof locked firmly in place - it handles road and wind noise rather well. However, that thrill associated with a face full of fresh air is far more enticing than enjoying a quiet drive. So the top went back down and off we went, soaking up the gorgeous views of Palm Beach and enjoying the sea-breeze.
A cruisy, scenic drive. Conversation can be easily lost in the wind in any convertible so I think it's best to stay off the motorways if you want to chatter with passengers along the way.
The Megane CC is a little sluggish off the mark and the steering feels quite heavy so it's most at home on a straight road that's largely interrupted by traffic lights or roundabouts.
If you're a Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj or Jennifer Lopez fan you'll likely find it hot-to-trot.
It's big-booty is high set and perky, with rear tail-lights of epic proportions - hard to miss and an acquired taste. There are redeeming qualities thought. I like the look of the front end and the panoramic sunroof is fantastic. Even when it's raining you don't need to lose that open-air feeling.
It's roomy and comfortable up-front, the driver and passenger seats have lumbar support. Being a four-seater (all leather too), there's the added convenience of being able to take a second and third passenger for a spin, though as you'd expect the back is a little cramped.
The GT-Line features a Renault Sport analogue speedometer, carbon fibre effect dashboard trim with red highlights that match the red stitching on the steering wheel. Along with the Privilege variant, it also scores a seven-inch screen with satellite navigation and map updates via SD card.
The fixed-glass roof is fantastic and it's a plus that things like rain sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel, dusk sensing headlights and rear parking sensors are standard across the line. The GT-Line also gets LED daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
During our convertible comparison, it was interesting to find out that the time the electric roof took to close was just a smidgeon faster than the Audi A3 Cabriolet, taking 20 seconds.
It's definitely a cruiser. With its 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 103kW at 6000rpm and 195Nm at 3750rpm, you will notice the lag when taking off from a stop. It takes a fair bit of pressure on the throttle (plus time) to really get going.
Is any fun-loving coupe-cabriolet really ready for a family? Despite the four-seats, it's a bit of a pretender when it comes to being capable of handling family-life day to day.
The boot capacity is 417-litres in coupe form, but dropping the roof slashes that to just 211-litres. That won't be practical for anything more than a couple. It's a singles or couples car only.
Not expected to be... there's extra electronics for the roof but with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty you're well covered. The claimed fuel consumption figure for the GT-Line is 8.1 L/100km, not the best in it's class but not too bad.
I struggled a little with its lack of speed off-the-mark, I like a bit of get-up-and-go.
The fact that the back-seats are fixed is not ideal, giving you no way to carry those random things that are an awkward size or shape. Comparatively the Audi A3 Cabriolet and the Fiat 500C offer folding rear-seats that provide extra space when you need it.
There's a lot I like about the Megane CC. It's not too small, it's comfortable, it's fun and it has a good stash of included features. A bit more enthusiasm in its response, and it'd certainly be on my radar.
There aren't a lot of affordable convertibles on the market in Australia. The Audi A3 Cabriolet is comparable size-wise but it's $11,000 more.
The Megane CC is great for just cruising around and enjoying the sunshine. Perfect for anyone with a laid-back attitude and a penchant for day-tripping and soaking up the scenery.
It's certainly a car that can be appreciated by both the young and young-at-heart.