From the outside the GT differentiates itself with new front and rear bumpers in addition to the new Mégane front end. Overall, the design is slightly understated but sporty enough to let others know that you are in something more than a regular model, a la GTI.
There’s a lack of sufficient cup holders and the rear quarters are on the small side for a four-door vehicle. Other than these two gripes the interior is great with a Renault Sport instrument panel, grey and black seats/steering wheel which are sure to become very dirty over time but look fantastic as well as the RLink multimedia system.
Performance figures are very similar to the Golf with 162kW/340Nm from its 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder. The car feels quick and the familiar induction sound coupled with a lively front end under acceleration reminds you that there is no mechanical differential in place to reign in the torque.
Renault claim a figure of 7.3 litres /100km while I managed a figure of 9.2 litres/100km which I believe is very manageable for a performance hatch. The chassis is doesn’t feel as sharp as its RS sibling but at the same time it is more compliant and softer on our roads.
My first impression of the GT 220 was that Renault has simply diluted the highly concentrated RS Mégane, but as I spent more time with the car I learnt the subtle nuances that make this car a more practical ownership proposition. It is far cheaper (R329 900) than base Golf GTI (R399 000) by a significant margin.
It is far from perfect, but as a value proposition and the fact that a coupe and four-door version is available, it certainly makes sense. The Mégane GT 220 comes with a five-year/150 000km Warranty and a standard five-year/ 90 000km Service Plan.