Review and test drive Renault Megane E-Tech engine

It took a long time for Renault to come up with a proper track for its ZOE EV, but it looks like the new Mégane E-Tech Electric is well worth the wait. Sleek, attractive and practical, this is a family electric vehicle packed with the latest technology. Is that enough to give Renault the edge in this growing segment? Wapcar Automotive News discover.

Renault Megane E-Tech:

Mobile deals and prices

The recently released Renault Megane E-Tech range now starts at £5,495 Mobile Prepayment (section updated October 2022). Who would have thought in 2012, when Renault launched its tiny ZOE EV, that it would be another decade before we see another mainstream Renault passenger car product in its showrooms. That’s what happened, however, when the brand overpowered itself and was almost surpassed by nearly all its competitors in terms of numbers in the electric vehicle segment. But the reaction starts here with this car, the Mégane E-Tech.

It is based on the same CMF-EV platform used by the Nissan Ariya and will reach a wide audience. Thanks to the success of ZOE, one in five Renaults sold in Europe is electric. But it’s what Renault calls a ‘2nd generation’ EV, a development spurred by the brand’s ambitious CEO Luca de Meo, who likes to describe it as the ‘GTI of EVs’.

Renault Megane E-Tech:

On the road

Renault promises that the sporty look of this car will translate into a sporty driving feel. And finally, the relatively light weight (for an EV) of up to 1,624 kg certainly helps, as does the low 12: 1 gear ratio, stiff CMF-EV chassis and exceptionally low center of gravity (90 mm lower than the classic Mégane). 

Power is provided by a 60kWh battery-powered 220hp motor capable of 280 miles. This variant can hit 100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds, as long as you activate the provided “Sport” mode. Our market doesn’t offer an alternative entry-level EV40 model, which uses a modest 129hp engine powered by a 40kWh battery capable of 186 miles.

We’ve covered selectable settings. Four of these are for regenerative braking, with the left paddle on the steering wheel increasing regenerative capacity for city use, the right reducing it for highway driving. Early reports suggest that ride comfort may be the best in the segment, despite the exceptionally large wheels. It looks promising. No 4WD variants are offered; Renault says that means design compromises that add weight. 

Sounds good doesn’t it? Obviously what we have here will initially be a performance version of this car, but designer Laurens van den Acker found that everyone liked it so much that he decided to standardize the look and feel in style. “Evoque” way across the entire Megane E-Tech range. . It is based on the image of the Megane eVision concept car launched in 2020 and incorporates the brand’s familiar C-shaped headlights, but with the lower part of the “C” stretched to run a light line. reverse over the bumper-vehicle. . The front end has Renault’s latest art deco company badge, the taillights are 3D LED, there’s power front door handles and you get large 18- or 20-inch wheels depending on spec.

Sit in the front and the first thing you’ll notice is the “OpenR” screen configuration, an L-shaped layout that combines the instrument display and the central infotainment screen, both 12-inches. Thanks to the anti-glare screen coating, the display of the device does not need to be bordered, and the central screen runs the Google Android operating system. So Google Maps, voice-activated Google Assist, and Google Play are all included. The 20mm increase in wheelbase over the regular Megane means there’s barely more space in the rear than you might expect. And there’s a reasonably sized 440-liter boot, but with rather tall lips.

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