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Updated Mégane could be a safe bet



he Department for Transport has recently released its annual report on reported road casualties. The document

shows that the UK is one of the safest places in the world for road users, with 27 fatalities per million people. By comparison France has 52, Germany has 55 and the USA has 119. The safety of drivers, passengers and road

users has always been a top priority for the automotive industry. Renault’s fourth generation Mégane, which

went on sale in the summer, has a five star Euro NCAP safety rating and a host of active and passive safety systems which help drivers to stay safe, particularly for long haul business drivers. Adaptive cruise control, active emergency

braking and lane departure warnings are extra safety reminders and are standard features on this C segment family car. Displaying Renault’s new design language,

this all new hatchback has a Clio look but with a very beautiful wave of rear lights across the boot. Standard halogen headlights give good visibility for night time driving and have an unusual purplish tinge. The Mégane is being offered in a 25-version

line-up based on six trim levels familiar to owners of other Renault vehicles. The quality interior has a large 8.7 inch portrait touchscreen infotainment system. The only control buttons are for heating and air con and everything else such as the radio has finger touch control on an iPad-like screen.

The handbrake is engaged with a fingertip

and some controls are accessed behind the steering wheel. Seats are comfortable and there are many storage spaces in the cabin, while the boot has a 434 litre capacity. There is a range of efficient petrol and diesel

engines, topped by a GT version, developed by Renaultsport which comes with a unique-in-class 4Control four-wheel-steering system. I drove the 1.5 litre diesel which for business use has fantastic CO2 emissions of 96g/km and combined mpg of 76.4. This refined engine has so much torque in sixth gear that during the continual slowing and acceleration of traffic while motorway driving, I was able to remain in sixth gear without the need for constant change down. In 2017, two further engine options will be available. The Hybrid Assist is a 1.5-litre dCi unit with electric assistance. The GT Nav offering will be enhanced with the arrival of a dCi 165 1.6-litre twin-turbo unit. At the end of the journey the number of ‘petals’

you have showing on the four leaf clover on the dash will show you how ‘green’ you have been driving. There is also a score that shows how many miles you have driven without using fuel! The Renault Mégane has been seen on UK

roads for 20 years and sold over 6.5 million worldwide. With a four-year warranty and Renault Assistance package as standard, impressive safety features, comfort and money saving fuel consumption, the all new Renault Mégane has a lot to offer business drivers.

MODEL: Renault Mégane Dynamique S Nav

PRICE £20,400 otr ENGINE: 1.5 litre dCi 110

PERFORMANCE: 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 116 mph



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