Renault Megane CC Review

Among the folding metal roof coupe-convertibles on the road today, the Renault Megane CC is, perhaps, the best-looking of them all.

It shares its outline with the previous Renault Megane saloon, with a chunky yet sporty design that looks like nothing else on the road.

Inside the Megane CC uses high-grade materials to create a high standard of fit and finish - meaning the cabin looks and feels classy and durable.

The driver's seat and the steering wheel are both adjustable, while the Megane CC will seat four adults - as well as offering 190 litres of boot space with the roof down.

With the roof up there are an impressive 490 litres of boot space, with more space in the rear seats for shopping bags though extra storage spaces include a lockable refrigerated 17-litre glovebox.

And what a roof. Made of glass for greater visibility, it takes 22 seconds to fold into the boot at the touch of a button.

Entry-level models boast an extremely generous standard specifications that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control and Tom Tom sat-nav.

There are seven engines to choose from, with a free-revving 158bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel or 194bhp 1.9-litre the pick of the diesels and a 165bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine a particularly spirited petrol among four petrol and three diesel units.

Most engines come with slick five- or six-speed manual gearboxes, but there is a four-speed automatic option with the 130bhp 1.9-litre diesel engine for more relaxed driving.

Even the most powerful diesel option returns combined fuel economy of just under 50mpg, while Petrol models will return between 35-40mpg. None of the models are expensive to insure either, meaning combined running costs should be minimal.

The Megane CC does not suffer from body sway into the corners and the result is a relaxed and hushed ride with just enough pep to take cornering in its stride.

The Megane CC will make for a superb cruiser, with light steering and easy gear changes, while a wind deflector on all models means there's little buffeting with roof down at any speed.

In the UK drop-tops enjoy popularity far and above Europe despite the often wet and windy weather. UK buyers boast a special relationship with convertibles and Renault is one of the leading players in the market.

In the case of the Renault Megane CC, Renault has shown it can successfully reproduce the hatchback style into yet another body shape - the CC is the sixth body style in the Megane range alongside the estate, coupe, three-door, five-door and saloon.

The Megane CC is soon to be replaced, but its looks stand up and, as a package, it stacks up favourably against competitors in terms of desirability, interior space and its engine range.

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