The Renault Grand Megane is the stretched Estate version of the Megane Hatch offering additional space and extra practicality.
The Grand Megane gets an identical model line-up to that of its Megane Hatch sibling. Starting with petrol, the option is a 1.2 litre TCe115 four cylinder engine with 115bhp mated to a five speed manual gearbox. There diesel option has two varying power outputs that range from the 1.5 litre dCi95 with 95bhp and the dCi110 with 110bhp mated to an optional automatic gearbox. The standard engines are both economical with the diesel being the choice for motorway mileage. The dCi110 does feel more suited to the estate additional size.
The Grand Megane is designed more for comfort than handling. With that in mind, its steering is nice and direct, but it does have a tendency to lean in the corners. It gets slightly upset by everyday lumps and bumps too but overall it offers decent ride quality. If you would like a bit of extra sportiness from your family estate, then the GT Line trim might be the best choice. It comes with a stiffer suspension setup and a marginally more dynamic driving experience. It is however a very comfortable motorway cruiser and long journeys are made easy by this.
There are four trim lines and specifications to choose from within the Grand Megane line-up. The same trim lines apply to all three model variants. These are Expression, Dynamique, Limited and GT Line. The core feature are very generous at entry Expression level and include Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry push button start, tinted rear windows and optic headlights. Moving further up the trim lines you get features like a leather steering wheel, auto wipers and headlights, daytime running LED lights, rear parking sensors and larger alloy wheels. The GT line gets specific sports interior inclusing sports style seats and more aggressive styled exterior trim.
Like its Hatch and Coupe siblings, the Grand Megane gets a neatly designed dashboard layout with a blend of digital and analogue controls down the centre console and on the multi-function steering wheel. There is a nice use of materials with some nice contrast chrome pieces that lift the interior of the car. There is the same sense of durability about the cabin with a less is more approach. While the Megane range recently received a makeover and adopted the new signature front end toward the end of 2014, it is going to be replaced by a new model in 2016. A new Grand Megane is likely to arrive in the following months too.
The Megane Hatch scored 4/5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety crash test which is below the average 5 stars for its segment. However, the Megane and Grand Megane are still a very safe family cars. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, traction control, understeer control, hill start assist, cruise control and a full set of airbags include front and side curtain bags. The 2016 model is expected to score to the full five star rating early next year.
Being an estate, the Grand Megane has some stiff competition in its segment in the shape of the Ford Focus estate, the Volkswagen Golf Estate and Skoda Octavia Combi. It competes well with good space for front seat passenger and decent headroom in the rear. Legroom is not quite as good as its rivals. Boot space is a very respectable 524 litre and it also has the benefit of a false floor that has additional compartments underneath for storage of valuables. The rear bench can also be folded forward to open the cabin up to 1600 litres of capacity.