The MÃ©gane E-Tech is available in two trim levels: Iconic and RS Line. The Iconic sports a leather steering wheel, a brushed aluminum finish on the dashboard and door panels and black velor accents. The RS Line specification includes an even sportier leather steering wheel, gearshift gaiter with red stitching and RS Line dashboard and trim.
Comfort and convenience features in both trim levels include front and rear power windows, an auto-dimming rimless interior mirror and ambient lighting. Heated rear window, tinted rear windows and tailgate with heated function, driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with air recirculation and pollen filter as well as two USB sockets at the front and at the rear.
The HVAC controls below the portrait touchscreen now have a temperature display inside the beveled rotary controls. There is an EV mode button on the dashboard and an E-Tech badge on the center console with an e-shifter gear selector.
The 60/40 rear seat backrests can be folded down completely to free up 1,200 liters of luggage space or 308 liters (compared to 473 liters in the now discontinued petrol version) with the seats in the upright position. The glove box has an unusual sliding tray shaped design instead of a hinged door. There are two cup holders in the front console area and two in the rear, integrated into the center armrest.
Connectivity and infotainment
Connected services and applications, including the integration of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, are provided as standard across the range. The car’s 4G connectivity supports services such as an emergency call function that activates automatically in the event of an accident. It also means that the platform is always up to date, thanks to automatic updates from Google, TomTom and Coyote.
Following its introduction on Zoe, Clio and Captur, Renault’s Easy Link infotainment and navigation system features a crisp display and high-resolution graphics giving access to a choice of driver profiles and various online services. Over-the-air software updates ensure that these functions are set to expand over time. Modular widgets allow the driver to customize the screen to give direct access to their favorite apps and features with less screen taps.
Both driver and front passenger can access these features via a 9.3-inch touchscreen. All vehicle settings and functions are controlled via this touchscreen, including multimedia, navigation and Multi Sense settings. Both models offer two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A reconfigurable 10-inch TFT cluster display can be adjusted to suit the driver’s preferences.
Advanced driver assistance systems
In the ADAS department, the MÃ©gane integrates a suite of technologies, including adaptive cruise control, traffic and motorway assistance, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking , hill start assist, automatic main and low beam headlights and traffic sign recognition. . Plus, front and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera, and a 360-degree camera with a bird’s-eye view all help backing up in tight spaces.
On the road
Three driving modes are offered in the PHEV version: Pure electric mode, MySense and Sport. The standard driving mode, MySense, automatically adapts the hybrid powertrain to the style and conditions of the driver, switching from electric power to the engine. The sport uses the gasoline engine and two electric motors for a responsive ride when the accelerator pedal is fully depressed. Selecting Sport mode displays an image of the car on a track on the touchscreen. In addition to changing the car’s engine and steering response, each mode adjusts the interior ambience by activating different lighting themes. Another E-Save setting preserves the current battery level for later use, perhaps when driving in an urban area, for example.
Overall, the MÃ©gane looks great with a lot of interior charm. It also comes with a generous list of standard equipment, an intuitive infotainment system, and intelligent hybrid technology that mixes electric and engine power for maximum effect. Most surfaces are soft to the touch with all the usual rough plastics tucked away at the ankle. Not only are the seats nice, long journeys are painless. In short, there are very few things that take away the shine inside. E-Tech is also cheap to use, of course, letting you tip-toe around town in pure electric mode for almost no cost. It takes about three hours to fully charge, providing about 30 miles of electric-only operation,
The MÃ©gane is built at the Renault plant in Palencia, Spain, alongside the Kadjar SUV, with 85 to 90% of the vehicles manufactured exported to 50 countries around the world. Both the Kadjar and Megane models are based on the Alliance CMF architecture. Competitive models include plug-in versions of the SEAT Leon, Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf.