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    There's more than meets the eye when it comes to the new Renault Megane, as Matt Campbell finds out.

    It certainly feels more nimble and direct in terms of cornering ability, with plenty of cornering grip and responsive and predictable steering. Should I buy one? This is a terrific unit, quick to warm up and thus able to boast of lower CO2 emissions , punchy from low revs and pleasantly light on vibrations, it is right up there with the best small diesels on sale. The Sports Tourer deserves it.

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    There's more than meets the eye when it comes to the new Renault Megane, as Matt Campbell finds out. The engine was previously available as part of the pre-facelift range in the base Expression model , but it is the only petrol engine available in the new standard Megane range. The update has also brought a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while the previous model was only sold with a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel use for the new engine drops by 28 per cent, with the manual retaining its claimed 5.

    The engine is perky and responsive, with smooth power delivery and a terrific light and smooth gearshift action. Only steep hills called for some downshifting, and the off-the-line speed was exceptional for an engine with these power outputs. Riding on inch steel wheels with profile tyres, the ride comfort of the Authentique hatch is impressively smooth, even over pockmarked, rough back roads.

    It's not the most spacious in the back seat, and taller occupants will feel cramped for leg-room. The GT-Line version lifts the cabin ambience somewhat, with a colour touchscreen media system and some extra trim niceties, such as part-leather seats, a leather gearknob and steering wheel, and a different dashboard design.

    The bigger, more attractive and more user-friendly media screen is a nice touch, but we did have issues with the USB playback. The version we tested was the wagon, which has a considerably larger boot — litres compared to L.

    GT-Line models also see changes underneath, with stiffer springs and dampers front and rear. It certainly feels more nimble and direct in terms of cornering ability, with plenty of cornering grip and responsive and predictable steering.

    That sporty nature comes at the cost of ride comfort, which is firm and sometimes jiggly. We found the GT hot-hatch — which features a different chassis tune again — to be a more competent and compliant drive. The automatic transmission, on the other hand, is quite well sorted. We did notice it could stumble somewhat under heavy acceleration, though. What did dull the appeal of the auto was the fact it felt less oomphy than the manual.

    The only other engine option in the standard Megane range is the 1. This version is only available with a dual-clutch automatic, with fuel use rated at 4.

    While Nm is a decent amount of torque, it runs out quickly as the peak torque is hit at rpm. What that means in real terms is that it feels quite prompt from a standstill, but under harder acceleration — towards the red-line — it feels a little breathless.

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