CAR REVIEW: Renault Megane CC

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

I like convertibles, but I think Singapore’s weather is not the best for driving topless (cars). The sun is too hot, there’s too much humidity and I end up feeling sticky after dressing up to look pretty in the stylish cabriolet.

 

In the night where there is less traffic and the air is cooler, taking the roof down for a moonlit drive is fine. Hence, I am grateful for coupe-cabriolet models that offer the best of both worlds – a coupe to still look cool in the heat and a cabriolet for that top-down experience.

292096_10150281880667710_602152709_7499237_6541442_nOne such example is the Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet (or Renault Megane CC for short). It is the third topless Megane model and comes with a hard top. Its predecessor has been around for seven years so I’m sure you will agree that it is high time a new generation is  released.

 

The latest Megane CC has a glass roof just like before – supposedly to offer a nice view of the sky even with the roof up – that takes 21 seconds to unfold into the boot. However, I cannot help feeling some form of greenhouse effect. Then again, there is quite a surreal feeling when it rains.

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Fitted with a six-speed continuously variable transmission, the Megane CC makes quite a good city cruiser, especially if you are not in a hurry to get anywhere. At its maximum, you can squeeze 140bhp (at 6,000rpm) and 195Nm (at 3,750rpm) from the 1,997cc engine. It also takes a reasonable 11.7 seconds to get from rest to 100km/h.

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295781_10150281881527710_602152709_7499244_7756537_n294241_10150281879592710_602152709_7499230_6635609_nTo help reduce wind noise and any turbulence for speeds, the Megane CC has a glass wind deflector behind the rear seats so passengers can have their hair intact. Having generous space in the rear is not a given for cabriolets or coupes. In the case of the Megane CC, you can fit two adult passengers in there but ideally it should only be for a short journey.

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A compromise that comes with looking cool in a cabriolet or a coupe is the reduced boot space. With hardtop models like the Megane CC, the roof takes up space in the boot – reducing it from 417 litres to 211 litres when the roof is retracted. Something I liked about the boot though, is this button that you can press so the boot can close automatically.

296166_10150281880297710_602152709_7499234_874914_nWithin the Megane CC is a list of usual features such as cruise control, keyless operation, MP3 player connectivity, dual zone electronic climate control, rain wiper sensors, headlight sensors, a navigation system that comes in various languages and dialects, and reverse parking sensors.

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301631_10150281882012710_602152709_7499251_7725469_nThe Megane CC does make a rather functional coupe-cabriolet and has the solid build quality that continental cars usually have. I spent most of the 24-hour test drive time driving with the roof up as the weather was either too hot or too wet, but I did have a chance to take the roof down in the wee hours of the night. I still cannot decide if I prefer a coupe or a cabriolet better so cars like the Megane CC offers the best solution.

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Renault Megane CC 2.0 (A)

Engine: 1,997cc 4-cylinder DOHC

Transmission: Six-speed CVT

Max Power: 140bhp at 6,000rpm

Max Torque: 195Nm at 3,750rpm

0-100km/h: 11.7 secs

Top Speed: 195km/h

Price: $158,888 with COE

Distributor: Wearnes Automotive

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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