The Renault Megane is a natural competitor to the evergreen Volkswagen Golf GTi. We tell you if it’s a viable alternative.
Our southern neighbours have a guild of motoring journalists who, not always without some controversy, selected their pick of new cars since 1986. Here is a list of all winners since then and some links to our NamWheels Cars of the Year lists further down:
One new car, lots of information in snippets
What did we like? Stunning electric blue colour (Malta Blue – exclusive to this range), great lines and funky 17-inch spoked alloy wheels. Stylish light clusters. The Renault Megane GT-line is a looker. Power delivery from the 97kW turbo charged engine is immediate and responsive. Handles well on the road.
Renault se nuwe Duster 4×2 en 4×4 gaan Namibiërs verras
Met die onlangse bekendstelling van sy veeldoelige Duster in die C-SUV segment is Renault SA oortuig dat hierdie nuweling in die Renault stal ook in Namibië en Suid-Afrika die ongekende sukses gaan behaal as wat die geval in Rusland, Indië en Brasilië was.
The individual look
In a perfect world, we’d all drive the same car. Wait, did I just type perfect? I meant imperfect. One of the greatest luxuries we have is choice, the ability to indulge our individual tastes. You drive a Golf, he drives a Focus, she drives a Hyundai and I’ve got a Civic.
The epic bruiser
Dear owner of the white Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy. In case you didn’t know this, your car started life as a press demonstrator for local media. I’ve just had my turn and assure you that I didn’t torture it any more than absolutely necessary.
The comfy looker
It’s been a long time coming and I was honestly getting concerned that halfway through the year I hadn’t found any pleasant surprises yet. Sure, thundering AMG’s and seven-figure Jags may apply but it wasn’t until last week that I stumbled across a hidden gem: the Opel Astra GTC.
The thumping grace
Did you design your own house? Have you got a truly puzzling music collection? You have an iguana instead of a retriever, don’t you? If you refuse to go mainstream by getting a Golf GTi and have been longing for something rather eccentric with a dash of fun, meet the Volvo C30 T5 R-Design.
The flat fury
I’m quite sure that I’ve mentioned my love for coupés before, so our invitation to the new Volkswagen Scirocco R launch in Durban resulted in a brief rock-paper-scissors competition at the office, won by yours truly. Perhaps I cheated, perhaps I didn’t, but a few days later I was jetted off to KZN.
Renault raak ernstig!
Met die bekendstelling van die nuwe Fluence, was die plaaslike bestuur van Renault baie eerlik om te erken dat alles die afgelope paar jaar in Suid-Afrika nie reg geloop het nie. Hulle is ook baie ernstig om dit reg te stel en om so die negatiewe persepsies wat kopers van die modelle en diens het, om te swaai.