2018 Renault Megane launched in the UAE

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 by

All-new 2018 now on sale in the from AED52,900, but despite the affordable price tag can it convince anyone from buying a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic?

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Middle East has launched the new Megane sedan in the region, available now in the UAE with a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine producing 115 horsepower and 156Nm of torque mated to a continuously variable transmission.

Made in the company’s Turkish plant, the sedan version of the French manufacturers’s Megane family wears the signature front end styling with C-shaped lights, and sits on Renault’s CMF C/D platform (Common Module Family architecture). Introduced in 2013, this platform is already familiar to us from the latest Nissan Qashqai (Renault owns Nissan, remember), Nissan X-Trail, and Renault Talisman.

In select markets Renault also offers the Megane four-door with a 130-horsepower engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but at launch this combination isn’t available in the UAE. Prices here start from AED AED52,900 and rise to AED72,500 for a fully-loaded 2018 Renault Megane, which is a considerably cheaper than a competing Toyota Corolla which only starts from AED67,500, while a Honda Civic is from AED67,900.

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The all-new Megane, then, takes the Korean direction in finding buyers, by cramming lots in for a lower price — the car comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen compatible with smartphone connectivity options, as well as an available Arkamys sound system.

Safety systems include blind-spot monitoring, and a parking assistant system that scans a space and steers the car into a parallel parking spot for you. The base model gets dual front airbags, and the top-spec 2018 Megane is loaded with additional curtain and pelvis airbags.

Considering just 115 horsepower though, performance does lag behind rivals in the segment, with 0-100km/h for the Megane quoted at over 13 seconds, and max speed pegged at 180km/h. 

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