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First Drive: Renault Megane GT dCi 165 EDC

Renault Megane GT dCi 165 EDC
The story: Renault has added a sporty diesel GT model to the Megane range, joining the 205hp petrol GT at the top of the range, at least until the expected RenaultSport Megane hot hatch arrives next year.
Category:Lower Medium
Key rival:Peugeot 308
Price:£27,775
Efficiency:61.4mpg
Emissions:120g/km
On sale:Now

The GT dCi is Renault’s hot hatch for the company car world, a car with sporty looks inside and out, a punchy 165hp diesel engine, and fairly low CO2 emissions.

The 120g/km CO2 figure translates into an average of 61.4mpg for the hatch, or 124g/km and 60.1mpg for the estate, which is an additional  £1,300 on top of the £27,775 being asked for the five-door.

2017 Renault Megane GT - cabinThe GT diesel is a sibling to the 205hp petrol Megane GT, but that car’s 47.1mpg economy figure is less fleet-friendly, though they are both in the same BIK band.

The engine, Renault claims, is the most powerful 1.6 diesel on the market, and is mated to the six-speed EDC automatic gearbox. It also gets Renault’s 4Control four-wheel steering system. The system is designed to make the car more manoeuvrable at low speed, and increase sporting response at higher ones, although the results are subtle.

Diamond-cut 18-inch alloys, wide lower air intake and rear diffuser mark out the GT, as well as sports front seats and chrome door sill plates. Equipment includes sat-nav, an 8.7-inch display screen and dual-zone climate control.

The problem for the GT is that the Peugeot 308 GT has 15hp more and emits 12g/km less, while costing within £400. But the Megane looks great, especially in the £645 Iron Blue metallic paint.

 

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The verdict

It’s not cheap, but the Megane looks great, and is a tidy drive, although rival performance diesels emit less.