WHEN Renault released its new-shape Megane five-door hatch in late 2010, the
lack of a diesel-powered option seemed like a strange omission.
model was available here with not one but two oil-burning options, and the
French brand has long been considered one of the best in the business at
Well never fear because the company has now unveiled the new
Megane diesel, using a modest 1.5-litre unit producing 82kW and 240Nm at
1750Nm, matched exclusively to a slick new Efficient Dual-Clutch (EDC)
transmission instead of its petrol sibling’s CVT.
Add to this a lengthy
list of standard features, a great warranty, excellent build quality and
stylish Euro looks and you have a car that more than holds its own in the small
car segment (Australia’s biggest).
Model release dates: October 2011 - June 2014
RENAULT took a two-tiered approach to diesel-powered variants of the previous
Megane, with a fuel economy-focused sedan variant and high-performance variant
of the controversially styled hatch.
The smaller of the two engines was
a 1.9-litre common-rail turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produced 96kW of power,
with 300Nm of torque when matched to a six-speed manual or 260Nm when paired
with the optional four-speed automatic.
The lower-output engine was only
available in the less-popular and more prosaic Turkish-sourced sedan version of
the car since the French-made hatch would have been too expensive a proposition
for the company to justify compared to the $27,990 asking price on the
This problem was somewhat rectified in August 2008
when the company introduced the RS dCi 175 hatch, which was one of this country’
s first performance-oriented diesel cars.
This oil-burning hot hatch was
fitted with a high-output 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, delivering
127kW of power at 3750rpm and 360Nm of torque at 2000rpm.
Driving the front
wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, the dCi engine shuffled the hatch’s
large derriere from zero to 100km/h in 8.3 seconds.