In our case, we got to drive the Megane 4 GT for about 240 kilometers (about 150 miles), enough to form an adequate opinion on the vehicle. The route consisted of a small portion of city driving and then focused on extra-urban roads, with small cities slowing us down from time to time.
Our time in the car revealed an average fuel economy recorded at 7.6 liters/100 kilometers (30.9 mpg) on the vehicle’s trip computer. While the value is not as small as one that could be achieved by a diesel, we would like to point out that it was performed while driving without a particular focus on economy, and that we did have 205 HP on tap.
Since Renault has not configured the Megane IV GT for maximum possible performance, but rather for a blend of dynamic driving and comfort, the hatchback does provide more than reasonable fuel economy. The engine does feature a Start-Stop system so you will not waste fuel while sitting at a traffic light, and the seventh gear is tall enough to allow economical driving at highway speeds.
The GT is a separate trim level in the Megane range, meaning it has more standard features than any other variant. Like the rest of the Megane models, it has a 36-month/100,000 kilometer (62,000-mile) warranty. The paint has the same warranty, while the body has a corrosion warranty of six years.
On top of the other features available in the previous equipment lines as standard, the Megane GT is the only model in the range with rear-wheel steering, launch control, front sports seats, specially designed 17-inch rims, and various aesthetic ornaments. Some of the elements seen in the photo gallery of this article were optional extras, like the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the exterior “GT” package.
Being the top-of-the-line model, the Megane GT has fewer optional extras available. These include an electric sunroof, leather interior, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, front crash prevention, traffic sign recognition system with speed alert, assisted parking system with reverse camera, fog lamps, Bose sound system, head-up display, and 18-inch rims.
Full LED headlamps are standard, as well as the seven-inch R-Link 2 infotainment screen and the gauge cluster seen in the photo gallery. We must note that the tested configuration had the optional 8.7-inch screen.
Standard safety features include ESP with hill-start assist, ABS, a full set of airbags, three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners for all occupants, emergency brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitor.
In EuroNCAP’s 2015 assessment, the Renault Megane IV scored five stars, the maximum safety rating available for a passenger car. Adult protection was rated at 88%, child security was graded at 87%, pedestrian protection is ranked at 71%, while the same score of the latter came to the safety assistance technologies. The figures above mean that the French hatchback is a safe car by modern standards.
Most of the optional extras in the Megane IV range are not expensive, and one could configure a car like the one we tested with approximately 2,000 euros worth of accessories. The Megane GT does stand out in the segment on this, as it is cheaper to buy with this level of equipment and horsepower than its equivalent rivals.