Advertorial: Megane comfort
The New Renault Mégane hatchback incorporates an impressive array of simplified ergonomics and interfaces. Certainly one of its most striking features is the adoption of an innovative analogue rev counter alongside a digital speedometer.
The instrument binnacle is located directly ahead of the driver for maximum visibility, while also integrating the cruise control/speed limiter display, fuel and water gauges and 'door open' warning light.
The cruise/control speed limiter interface shows the selected speed at the top of the display, accompanied by a sequence of lights that form an arc around the central unit. In speed limiter mode, the red segment lights up as the speed increases, and the selected speed begins to flash if exceeded.
The use of colours delivers important gains in terms of driver perception, response time and safety.
The design of the seats and the materials selected ensure an impressive level of comfort. In addition to the height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, the intuitive driver's seat adjustment controls fall easily to hand and allow simple modification of seatback angle, lumbar support and raising or lowering the seat height through 70 mm of travel.
Travelling comfort is further enhanced by the New Mégane’s carefully engineered acoustic comfort. The design and sealing of the doors and tailgate, the fitment of inserts inside the hollow sections of body components, one-piece cowl sound proofing and a foam dashboard structure all contribute to minimising noise transmission into the cabin.
For optimal thermal comfort, New Mégane is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control as standard. This system enables the driver and passenger to make temperature adjustments independently. It also allows them to select the fan speed, thanks to the 'Soft-Auto-Fast' function.
In Auto mode, the system automatically optimises the temperature, sound level and start-up speed. The Soft mode favours a quieter ambience, while the Fast mode responds swiftly and efficiently to adjust the temperature of the entire cabin.
Along with innovative features such as Bluetooth connectivity and the Carminat TomTom satellite navigation – the latter accessed via an effective joystick control in the car’s centre console – New Mégane can also be specified with the Plug & Music option.
This enables the driver to scroll through the functions of portable MP3 players (USB key, iPod, etc) using the car's own steering column-mounted fingertip controls. The system is capable of showing menus and playlists remotely on the dashboard display.
Generous space and versatility
The sensation of interior comfort is heightened by the New Mégane's attractive and spacious cabin, which boasts best-in-class front elbow room of 1 476 mm.
Similarly, the luggage compartment volume of 405 dm3 is amongst the best in this segment. Easy access is provided by the low sill height and wide hatch aperture, which has been achieved by locating part of the rear tail light clusters on the tailgate.
The 60/40 split rear seat enables the load capacity to be effortlessly adapted by means of easily accessible levers.
New Mégane Hatch carries over the practical under-floor stowage solutions first seen on Mégane II, while the front door bins are designed to accommodate a one-litre bottle.
The centre console provides additional space underneath the armrest, and rear passengers profit from a practical open storage binnacle.