Megane Coupe-Cabriolet 1.4 Dynamique TomTom TCe 130
ranges is their Megane Coupe-
Cabriolet: it has two doors,
a very smart folding glass roof
with two seats in the front and
two in the back but 2 + 2 still
quite equal 4...
PRICES START AT £20,340 and top-out at £24,825 and buyers can choose from
two spec levels: Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom. As you might guess,
both have TomTom navigation as standard not as separate
stick-on appliances but as fully integrated systems.
Powerplants are well represented too, with four petrol and three diesel powertrains
spanning 1.4- to 2.0-litres (109 to 177bhp). Convertible and coupe-cabriolet
owners tend to favour automatic transmissions and the Megane doesn't disappoint
the 2.0-litre petrol engine can be specified with a CVT continuously
variable type while an Electronic Dual Clutch transmission is available on the
1.5 dCi 110 diesel. The automatic models both come in Dynamic TomTom spec with
the 1.5 turbodiesel EDC priced at £23,495; £22,660 buys you a 2.0-litre CVT
just driven the main selling 1.4 TCe 130 four-cylinder petrol version with a
manual gearbox that in Dynamic TomTom spec costs £21,260. Given the current
shortage of customers, Renault dealers will give most potential buyers an attractive
reason to buy so look for at least £2,000 off.
The Megane CCs
folding tinted glass roof
is not only very stylish,
also very strong.
as I found out when
yet another shower
enthusiasm for open-to-
be opened or
closed on the move...
The Megane CC's folding tinted glass roof is not only very stylish, but it's
also very strong. But there's a downside, as I found out when yet another shower
dampened my enthusiasm for open-to-the-skies motoring it can't
be opened or closed on the move.
However, I'm not convinced that canvas roof models (except the very top well-insulated
executive cars) are all that cosy in deep midwinter when the weather is rain,
ice or snow. And security is always compromised with a fabric roof.
With a length of 4.4 metres, this latest Megane CC is longer than its predecessor
by 130mm and an extra 87mm has been added to its wheelbase (now 2,609mm). Yet
it's still not very roomy and there's not much legroom in the rear sculptured
seats so in reality, at least for adults, it remains a 2+2.
The side profile is undeniably sleek and looks well balanced despite the unavoidable
larger tail section that houses the folded roof. There's a sweeping feature
line across the bonnet a characteristic of the new Megane family
at the front while bringing up the rear is a new sculpted bootlid
incorporating the upper section of the revised LED tail lamps that give the
CC a distinctive and instantly recognisable light pattern.
The CC's stand-out feature is the panoramic folding glass roof. Introduced with
the original Coupe-Cabriolet, it's proved to be a very popular feature
owners appreciate both the light that floods the cabin and the improved all-round
visibility. It's now also the largest folding glass roof in the segment, having
been increased in size by ten percent. And it looks good the dark-tinted
glass, gloss black pillars and satin-finish chrome windscreen surround ensures
a high quality appearance.
Designed and built by specialist manufacturer Karmann and supplied to Renault
ready for installation, the roof module consists of two panels that fold into
a 'V' as the roof slides away into the boot. Opening or closing calls for nothing
more than simply pressing and holding down a button on the console for 21 seconds
Renault claims it's one of the quickest in its class. For the
complete top-down experience, a second press on the roof button (or a single
touch on the 'Grand Air' switch on the driver's door) lowers all four windows
at the same time.
windscreen header rail of the latest CC has, thankfully, been moved forward
by 60mm this not only gives the cabin a more open feel but, more
importantly, makes for easier access to the front seats.
results in some scuttle
shake over poorer
road surfaces although
over the previous
generation CC thanks to
the new model being
A glass wind deflector positioned between the two rear headrests cuts wind noise
and turbulence at speeds up to 56mph with four people on board, and is another
unique feature in this segment.
For even less topless wind intrusion, when only two are travelling in front,
there's an optional (£155) mesh screen that clips in place over the rear seats.
Consequently it's possible to hold conversations with passengers on the move,
even at motorway speeds with the top down when wind buffeting in the car remains
very low. With the roof folded there are 211 litres of wide-but-not-very-high
luggage space in an area that when the roof is raised offers twice that: 417
litres. Soft luggage is recommended it's easier to stow than hard
bags or suitcases.
Dropping the roof results in some 'scuttle' shake over poorer road surfaces
although it's much improved over the previous generation CC thanks to the new
model being torsionally stiffer. The only real downside is that the top has
to be raised and lowered while the car is stationary and for me that meant a
potentially dangerous stop on the hard-shoulder of the motorway to put the roof
up when a heavy shower happened along. Inconvenient yes, but it didn't weaken
my enthusiasm and general liking of this Megane CC.
However, it will need more than just my single vote because the competition
is tough: the new VW Golf Convertible, Audi TT Roadster, BMW 1 Series Convertible,
MINI Convertible, Peugeot 207/308 CCs and the VW Eos. There are more
smaller, larger, cheaper and more expensive but the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet
is still a good and sensible option.
While much of this review has been about the folding roof the
major trigger to buy the two-door Coupe-Cabriolet over the five-door Megane
Hatch or three-door Coupe versions the specification and the new
1.4-litre petrol engine deserve mention.
specification starts well, with a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
particularly important when driving a car with a folding roof
and continues in that vein with a wealth of airbags and electronic handling
and braking functions.
addition to the folding glass roof, the Dynamic TomTom spec test model has,
as standard, air conditioning, remote central locking, information computer,
cruise control, power windows and mirrors, integrated TomTom navigation, Bluetooth
and hands-free keycard, radio/stereo, push-button start, automatic headlights
and wipers, front fog lights, wind deflector and 17-inch alloys.
Combined with a six-
speed manual box,
the 1.4-litre TCe petrol
unit is very flexible
because of its turbo-
boosted torque and good
low- to mid-range
The small capacity (1.4-litre) petrol engine is one of a new generation from
the Renault-Nissan Alliance and uses a low inertia turbocharger, sophisticated
valve operation and fuel injection to make it as powerful as a 1.8-litre unit
with as much torque as you'd get from a 2.0-litre. The 1.4 TCe 130 unit in my
test car pumped out 129bhp with 140lb ft of torque from an impressively-low
The maximum speed is 124mph and it takes 10.7 seconds to get from zero to 62mph.
Officially it returns 38.7mpg in the Combined Cycle my test driving,
in a manner I like to think was representative of considerate and safe but not
slow drivers, returned 31.4mpg over a variety of roads and most types of driving
CO2 emissions are 169g/km so the first year road tax is £265 but then £190 each
year after that. Company car users will pay 23% Benefit-in-Kind tax and higher
mileage users might seriously think about shelling out an extra £2,300 to buy
the 109bhp 1.5-litre dci turbodiesel with the same specification because road
tax is then £0 for the first year and just £95 per annum thereafter with a 19%
Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 1.4-litre TCe petrol unit is very
flexible because of its turbo-boosted torque and good low- to midrange responses.
While the performance is more than adequate, the tax implications and running
costs do need to be considered. On the other hand, Renault's well priced £219
three years/30,000 miles fixed servicing costs can certainly offset the taxes.
Against? It's cramped in the rear, there's some body shake with the roof down
and being a weighty car means relatively high CO2 emissions which in turn mean
hefty road tax costs. On the other hand, it's stylish, has a glass retracting
roof, is well equipped, has a nice to drive engine and transmission, comfortable
suspension and composed handling. David Miles
Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet 1.4 Dynamique TomTom TCe 130
Maximum speed: 124mph | 0-62mph: 10.7 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 129bhp | Torque: 140lb ft | CO2 169g/km