The Renault Megane E-Tech Driven
Now the company has an all new model, its called the McGann E Tec electric, and although it has a familiar name, it is an all new car with a whole new approach and a new platform so were going to show you through some of the features of This new model take a moment, enjoy the calm. You could be stuck on the N7 with two teething toddlers, but we dont do stress at the AAA we do Roadside Rescue and our train mechanics fix 8 out of 10 problems at the roadside buy online. Now, at the aaa.ie, relax, yellow and black have got your back. The Megan is going to be positioned in the C segment, so thats going to put it up against regular hatchbacks, like the Volkswagen Golf Hyundai, i30, a lot of household names and obviously renaults own other Megan. So there is going to be two Megans in the range at the moment, so speaking of range well, this is going to have two different battery sizes, its going to be available with a 40 kilowatt battery and a 60 kilowatt battery. The latter will also be available with two different Power: outputs of 130 horsepower or 220 horsepower. Total driving range for the larger battery is 470 kilometers for the less powerful version and the more powerful 220 horsepower model will still do up to 450 kilometers on a single charge in wltp conditions. The smaller battery should be a little bit more affordable and will still do Renault, says 298 kilometers on a single charge.
If you havent sat into a Renault in quite some time, you could be in for a surprise when you get into the Megan E Tech electric. This is well its quite snazzy, its quite smart, its fairly up Market granted. This is a range topping model that Im in, but the overall layout doesnt differ a great deal across the range. What youll notice? First, when you get in is you have a kind of oval shaped, steering wheel, its not square but its not round its, not as Extreme as what youll find in a BMW IX and but its nicely laid out theres a relatively small airbag unit here and two Large chunky touch displays whats, more impressive. Is the Dual 12 inch display the instrument cluster aspect of it is very crisp and clear its very easy to read its very nicely laid out. You can clearly see how much battery range you have left. It will show you your speed, how much your energy youre using either side of the light you have some air vents and then theres. This portrait Style again 12 inch display its now a Google based system which is similar to what we have in the pole star and its really useful to use its very intuitive. It reacts incredibly quickly to all of your inputs. Theres no discernible lag one feature I really love is the fact that it has Google Maps as its native satellite navigation system. That also means, when you have your destination in potted.
It will also show you not only your arrival time but itll show you how much battery range you will have left. If you input a charge point along the way. It will also tell the car that youre going to be stopping and charging, and it will start to Prime the battery so that it is at the optimum temperature for when you plug in better still. There are still physical controls here as well its not an entirely digital experience, so important key features, youre going to use and want to be able to use intuitively without looking is things like adjusting the temperature in the cabin on either side? Thats possible youve still got a physical hazard, light switch and a central locking button below that is a wireless charging pad again very useful to have you can just put it in there. The car does have wireless Android, auto and Wireless Apple carplay. So that means you can keep your phone charging there all the time, and this is then leaves a lot of space here for this open area. Theres a storage unit here, which you can then have various dividers and set it up according to how you want it. Theres also a cup holder, theres, more storage here and under the armresters. Also then another bin as well. So you can put more items away: theres, a reasonably good size, glove box, its perhaps a little shallow, but its fine for keeping documents in one other feature.
Thats in this range chopping model. Is you get a normal rear view? Mirror, if Im honest, what you can see out of the back is pretty limited because of the shape of the rear window and the roof line and thats even without having anybody sat in the rear seats. The good thing is its a camera based system. So you just flick that toggle and you then get a live, unobstructed view from the rear facing camera again like what weve seen in Land Rover product and Range Rover product of late, its very crisp, its very clear, its easy to see. It should work reasonably well. At nice too, it doesnt give you it gives you a wider field of view, but it does mean that if somebody comes very close up behind you in traffic, you cant necessarily see all of the front of their car, its not a wide angle lens, but it Works quite well, Ive been using it all day today and Ive rarely gone back to using the conventional mirror function, and I just prefer that the only thing is obviously um. As you turn your ahead, youre not going to get a different angle of view, its always just the same, but it is wider, so thats, a good thing. One other thing to talk about as well is the quality of the materials inside its definitely taking a step up from what weve seen in past renaults. This has a lot of leather like, for example, on the top theres, this leather effect and this wood inlay across the tops of the doors, but on Lower spec models.
Theres really nice fabric options as well, and I actually think they look better than whats in this range shopping model. So do have a look at some of the other materials that are out there, theres a good choice and I think they actually look a bit more stylish getting into the rear is actually quite easy, even though it looks like its quite a small door aperture getting In isnt that hard and once youre in its quite roomy inside the roof, is okay, Ive got probably a couple of inches of Headroom Im, five foot nine and I can reasonably stretch out here in front of the drivers seat. So this is set up from my driving position. Ive got a couple of inches of knee room. I can just get my feet in under the seat in front and the windows themselves, although theyre not particularly high, they are quite long. So I can see quite a good bit out as well, so, if Im sitting in the back, even though its quite dark theres no glass roof in this car, I can still have a pretty good field of vision from when Im sitting here, theres reasonably small door. Bins: theyre, okay, you can get a small drinks bottle in there theres a pouch at the back of each seat as well, so you can put in maybe a tablet: computer or magazines theres a pair of USBC charge ports here, Ive got ventilation here, although no temperature Controls and the actual seat itself, the headrests and all that aspect of the front seats arent, particularly big, so I can still see into the front quite easily.
In fact, from where Im sitting, I have a full unobstructed view of that. Large 12 inch tablet display in front. So if I was watching the map, for example, or anything like that, its very easy for me to see overall, its quite roomy back here, the middle cease just the shape of it. Isnt really ideal for sitting on for any long amounts of time. Youve got a nice bit of bolstering on the base of the seats as well. So if youre in either the outer seats, its quite comfy, the middle one, is a little bit of a compromise but thats a very common thing in this segment of the market and theres no fold down arm rest on this particular model. The seats do have a split folding function, so if you do need to put bigger items in and you dont have anyone in the back, you can lower that down, and also both of the outer seats have ice fix points, theyre very easy access. They just have two little covers here, so if you do need to get in and out its quite good and the fact that the doors are quite long, although that could be a little bit of a pain opening in a car park, it does open wide enough That, if youre an adult trying to put in a small child into a seat, it is a little bit easier to open. The boot simply push this square button here, and that gives you full access to the boot theres a reasonably wide aperture, and it is quite deep as well, so you can get a lot of things in there too.
The cmf EV platform does also allow for slightly better suspension setup. It has a multi link, rear end, and what that really translates to is it handles a little bit more sweeter its? What you see in normally slightly higher more of Market models, particularly some of the German cars, would often use a multi link rear end. All it really means is that at the highest speed stuff and then the twisties, it seems a little bit more composed a little bit more solid, more reliable, less likely to bounce around and only on very uneven Road surfaces that weve experienced today. Did the suspension feel a little bit busy for the most part it soaks everything up very very nicely. The steering is quite nice, too. Renault has adjusted the steering ratio so that you dont have to have quite as many turns of the steering wheel, to get the desired Angle. Now, suspension and Chassis and steering changes are all nice and very welcome, but the real thing that people will want to know about the Renault is: how good is it when it comes to Electric driving? Well, this is the more powerful 220 horsepower model with the larger 60 kilowatt hour battery. Today we have done a lot of driving. We started with a 100 full charge and so far, if I look at the trip computer, we have covered just over 206 kilometers of driving throughout a whole variety of different scenarios. Im talking high speed motorways, dual carriageways, slow country driving City driving and even some pretty steep Mountain climbs, so after 200 kilometers were still showing 40 battery left just over 140 kilometers according to the onboard computer whats, perhaps more impressive is that it has returned an average Consumption figure of 15.
9 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers, which, in my opinion, is pretty respectable, given the type of driving weve done today. Now it will vary depending on how you use the car, for example, Im in the car on my own today, I dont have two or three other people that will obviously add more weight to it. It will Coast very freely if you want. There are several layers of regenerative braking that you can have. You can adjust them with the paddles here, theres also a number of driving modes. They dont change a huge amount. The biggest difference is when you go into a sport mode, and it certainly is a lot quicker. It unleashes all of that 220 horsepower, but Ive been driving it in comfort for most of the day, Ive had the air conditioning on its relatively warm here outside and yeah its been very good at what its been using as first impressions go.