Renault’s New Grand Megane GT Line has style, pace and space

The Renault Grand Megane GT line is essentially a sports version of the Grand Megane.

The Renault Grand Megane GT line is essentially a sports version of the Grand Megane.

Road Tested by Hugh Maguire

I have been road testing the new Grand Megane (Estate) GT line powered by Renaults 1.5 DCI diesel with the optional 6 speed tiptronic auto gearbox.

First Impressions.

The new front end style is fresh and contemporary. It is also distinctive and manages to look very elegant. For 2013 there is also a new choice of alloy wheels.

Behind The Wheel.

The cabin is a real revelation. The layout is clean and concise, while the materials used feel top class. The fit and finish of everything is beyond reproach and the ergonomics of the design means everything is perfectly placed for ease of use. There are a variety of trims and finishes to suit your particular taste.

The driving position is very good with height adjustment for both the seat and steering wheel allowing one to get the best seating position possible.

Standard equipment really is comprehensive with multiple airbags, ABS, ESP, EBD, power windows remote key card entry with push-button start, Bluetooth, dual zone climate control with an air quality sensor, twin glass sunroof’s, multi-function steering wheel, two-tone leather upholstery, CD/MP3 disc player, satellite navigation, and much more. Accomadation is excellent with plenty of room both front and rear and the flat load area of this estate is easily accessed via the large rear tailgate.


The 1.5 turbo diesel engine is a real revelation. It is a gem. Producing some 110bhp it proves quite lively, refined and very frugal. Performance is good taking about 12 seconds to hit 100kph from a standstill but more importantly mid-range torque is impressive making for very good overtaking and in gear acceleration.

This lovely engine is mated in this car to the optional 6-speed auto gearbox, and over my test period this new GT Line Grand Megane burned just 6.1 litres of diesel per 100km giving it a mighty range of almost 1,000km between refuels. Road tax is €190.00

Road Behaviour.

The set-up of the new Grand Megane GT Line is pretty good offering a good balance between comfort and handling. The car feels nimble and agile through corners.

In fact it is actually good fun to drive with surefooted handling, high levels of refinement and great comfort. I found it to be really well put together and overall it feels like a car in a much more expensive class.


I enjoyed my time behind the wheel of the new Grand Megane GT Line.

It looks very well, drives beautifully, is economical to own and is pretty well equipped.

Prices for the Grand Megane start at €19,890 for the Expression model

The GT Line version as tested costs €26,590.