By Noel Dundon
The Megane has always been a very good seller for Renault and the fact that they have improved considerably on the model will ensure that it is even more popular with customers in the segment.
Powered by the same engine as the likes of the Kadjar and the Scenic, the Megane has plenty of zip and pick-up, as The Tipperary Star found out when we took it for a spin from Cleary's Motors, Loughtagalla, Thurles recently.
Pat Cleary predicts that the Megane will be a big hit with customers and when you consider how comfortable it is to drive, how simple it is to manage, and yet how technologically advanced it is, it is hard to argue with him.
This machine seems to have everything you would want in a car of its size - it looks well, drives well, is economical and has great road holding. So, what's the drawnback then?
Well, none actually, if a car of it's size is what you are after. And, the thing is, if you want something bigger, Renault have that too in the Kadjar and Scenic, grand Scenic etc. If you require something a little smaller, try to the excellent Clio or the Captur.
You see, Renault have not been behind the door when it comes to creating enough vehicles to suit all the segments and the fact that a saloon Megane is in the offing and should be in Ireland for the 2017 market is also quite impressive.
Of course Renault are promoting the budget Dacia range too with the Duster, Sandero, Stepaway and Logan really grabbing the imagination of customers also. Basically, you can have a new vehicle for the cost of an up-grade in other brands.
Renault also have some very interesting ways of helping you pay for your car and Pat or Michael Heffernan can take you through those methods in a jiffy to find one which suits you.
Tipperary senior hurling Manager Michael Ryan is currently driving a Kadjar and loves the vehicle - the elevated driving position is a big plus he says. And, the Tipperary County Board has also taken possession of a number of Renault commercial vehicles for the transportation of equipment including the Cul Camps which ran throughout the summer in The Premier County. A number of the Renault cars are also featuring as top prizes in the County Board Draw, continuing the link between the brand and the County Board.
Back to the Megane though - if you are in the market for a car in this segment, it is well worth checking out. Pricing and equipment as standard make it a very attractive proposition.