Megane petrol and diesel dropped with new PHEV, NCAP slams Vauxhall, New BMW 2-Series

Megane drops petrol and diesel with new PHEV hatch arrival

Renault has confirmed the arrival of the Megane hatchback plug-in hybrid this September, and will drop petrol and diesel powertrains from the model at the time of the PHEV’s arrival.

Although prices are yet to be confirmed, Renault said it will offer a pair of trim levels – Iconic and RS Line, with both models achieving a 28g/km emissions figure from the combination of 1.6-litre petrol engine and 65hp electric motor. Although the official EV-only range figure hasn’t yet been announced, Renault said the Megane hatch will sit in the 11% company car BiK band for this year, meaning it is at least 30 miles. The Sport Tourer PHEV, which was launched late last year, has a 30g/km emissions figure and 30 miles of EV-only range, so the hatch should be able to go slightly further on battery alone.

Four-star NCAP results for Mokka and Kangoo

The new Renault Kangoo and Vauxhall’s recently launched Mokka have both missed out on the full five stars in the latest Euro NCAP crash test results, while the Mercedes-Benz EQA and GLA and the Cupra Leon have been bestowed with five-star ratings based on the performance of their sister cars – the Mercedes B-Class and Seat Leon respectively.

Vauxhall Mokka Euro NCAP 2021The safety organisation was critical of Vauxhall owner Stellantis’s approach to engineering its cars with the latest safety systems.

“Stellantis seems to accept lower performance in general, and the new Mokka lacks some critical safety systems that have become increasingly commonplace by now,” said Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen. “The latest edition clearly lacks the ambition of the previous Mokka that was a runner-up of 2012 Best in Class in the Small Family category.”

Renault Kangoo Euro NCAP 2021He also described the Renault as a “respectable successor that performs well in general and lacks only a centre airbag as far as state-of-the-art protection is concerned”.

The Mokka was described as “firmly in four-star territory” by NCAP, thanks to the absence of autonomous emergency braking that detects cyclists, as well as a lack of centre airbag to prevent occupants impacting against each other, which contributed to the car failing to break five-star territory in any area.

The new Kangoo fell just short of a five-star rating due to a “moderate” level of side impact protection.

First pictures: BMW 2-Series Coupe

BMW has revealed its new 2-Series Coupe model, which will arrive in the UK early next year.BMW 2-Series Coupe 2021

The initial line-up consists of 220i, 220d and M240i models boasting 184hp, 190hp and 374hp respectively. The 220i is the entry model, starting from £34,980, while the 220d is just under £2000 more expensive, but starts at 132g/km for emissions, 23g/km below the petrol car.

BMW 2-Series Coupe 2021The new model retains its rear-wheel drive layout, distancing the model from the front-drive 1-Series it had previously shared underpinnings with. It’s 105mm longer and 64mm wider than the outgoing 2-Series, and 28mm lower, while boot space is up 20 litre to 390. It also dodges the gaping grille of the larger 4-Series, instead getting a more subtle front-end.

 

First Drive: Vauxhall Mokka

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