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Renault Megane Grandtour 1.4 TCe Privilege: Surprisingly Stylish
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Renault Megane Grandtour 1.4 TCe Privilege: Surprisingly Stylish
April 30, 2010   
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Elegant, functional and safe—this is the Renault Megane Grandtour, a car that has something for both younger and older drivers.

The Megane Grandtour is the station-wagon version of the popular compact car and, in my opinion, the most attractive of the Megane line, offering a body that is stylistically consistent and at the same fresh and modern. The massive rear with large, uniquely shaped lamps extending to the bumpers has an air of lightness. The sideline is dynamic and the ascending window line, complemented by the slanting roof, emphasizes the car’s sporty shape.

In front, the car features the characteristic body molding and headlights directed, as in other Megane models, slightly to the center, with lines converging at the grill in the bumper. The car’s styling may appeal not only to younger clients, but older ones as well.

The interior is spacious and functional. The station wagon is 26 cm longer than the hatchback and that is immediately noticeable. The passenger area is the same size as the other Meganes, but the luggage compartment boasts 524 liters of capacity and is easily accessible.

The luggage area has a regular shape and can be conveniently arranged; for example, there is an additional storage pocket in the floor. A section of the floor can be lifted, creating two separate luggage areas. Smaller objects may be conveniently placed in nets that can be attached to numerous fastenings. Anyone who has taken a driving holiday will appreciate this convenience. The car can hold a lot of luggage, with a maximum of 1,516 liters of space with rear and front passenger seats folded. The maximum load is 502 kg, and items two-and-a-half meters long can fit into the car.

The Grandtour offers a wide range of engines. The tested model was equipped with the smallest, a 1.4-liter gasoline engine. But small does not mean weak, at least not for Renault. The engine’s performance may surprise even those seeking a sporty ride. With maximum torque of 190 Nm reached already at 2,250 rpm, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds and offers a top speed of 200 km/h. Fuel consumption is relatively good. According to the producer, average consumption is 6.5 liters per 100 km.

Renault customers have grown accustomed to generous accessories and a high level of safety. Standard accessories in the Privilege version include electric windows and side mirrors, automatic air-conditioning, an audio system with a radio and a CD/MP3 player, USB and AUX slots, a multifunction steering column that can be adjusted horizontally and vertically, cruise control, automatically dimming rear view mirror, fog lamps and aluminum wheel rims. Safety is ensured by the ABS/ESP system, and a full set of front and side airbags and air curtains. The car has won the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP impact tests.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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