The Renault Megane range has been expanded, with sporty GT 220 versions of the Megane hatch, Coupe and Sport Tourer now available.
What is it?
The GT 220 sits below the Renaultsport in the Megane range and will rival other warm hatchbacks such as the Kia Proceed GT.
The new model is based on the Megane GT Line TomTom but delivers up to twice as much power and features a Renaultsport-tuned chassis with stiffer springs and dampers, as well as larger Renaultsport front brake discs and 18-inch alloys.
Cosmetic changes include a special GT bumper design with a reshaped central air intake and an integral gloss black cross bar around the number plate.
What engines can I choose from?
The GT 220 is powered by a 220bhp version of the Renaultsport 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. It covers 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 149mph.
Renault’s Stop & Start technology comes as standard and official figures claim the GT 220 can return 38.7mpg, emitting 169g/km of CO2.
How much equipment does it come with?
Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, LED daytime running lights, Renault R-Link sat-nav, Bluetooth, USB, a rear parking camera and an upgraded Arkamys 3D sound system all come as standard.
Sports seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel also come as standard in the interior, as do analogue dials and aluminium pedals. Interior door handles, outer air vent surrounds and the dashboard have a polished carbon finish.
Optional extras include heated leather seats and Renault’s Visio System, which includes lane departure warning.
How much will it cost?
The Megane hatch GT 220 is priced from £23,245, the Coupe GT 220 costs £24,230 and the Sport Tourer GT 220 comes in at £24,245.
The GT 220 will also come with Renault’s four-year or 100,000-mile warranty, as well as a three-year paint warranty and 12 years’ corrosion cover.
Can I get a discount?
We've found discounts of around 10% on the regular Megane, so similar savings might be available on the GT 220.
How good are its rivals?
The Kia Proceed GT is a decent warm hatch that will offer strong competition to the Megane GT 220.