It took a while. The completely electric Zoe It’s been around since 2013 and the VW ID.3 has been around since 2019. Now Renault is following suit and bringing with it Megane E-Tech Electric the counterpart to the ID.3. The E-Tech is based on the brand new CMF-EV platform from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and comes with two drive variants 130 and 218 hp. (Important tips for buying a new car on the Internet)
There are two of them Batteries – with a capacity of 40 kWh for one Range of 300 kilometers and with 60 kWh for up to 450 kilometers (WLTP). A lithium-ion NMC battery (nickel, manganese, cobalt) is used, which contains more nickel and less cobalt. Depending on the version, it can be charged with 7.4 kW, 22 kW and a maximum of 130 kW direct current. Did the Renault designers do a better job than VW’s? A matter of taste. In our eyes the offers Electro Mégane at least that more interesting looks and the more exciting details.
At the front with narrow headlights, Z-shaped LED daytime running lights and gold panels in the bumper. The window line runs typical coupé flat to the rear, the front door handles are countersunk and the rear ones are hidden in the C-pillar. At the rear there is a continuous strip of lights and other golden splashes of color. The cockpit is determined by the two large screens – 12.3 inches for the instruments and 12 inches in portrait format for multimedia. The system is called OpenR, runs on Android and responds to “Hey Google” to control many functions. This includes services like Google Maps, Assistant and Play. For Apple lovers: too Apple CarPlay can be integrated.
That’s up front Space available neat, im Fund the tide then turns a little. Indeed a little tight here. Now that’s no reason not to buy the Mégane, but the promise that E-cars offer space in the next larger class is not redeemed here. Of the Trunk swallows 440 liters, the ID.3 has 385.
The electric Mégane has a touch of GTI
Our Test Mégane had the 60 kWh battery. This means that the curb weight is relatively slim 1624 kilograms. In combination with the 218 hp of the electric motor, this results in a right lively driving behavior, almost with a touch of GTI. Renault promises to accelerate from zero to 100 km / h 7.4 seconds, the top is 160 km / h. As with the competition, the degree of Recuperation Adjust via paddle shifters on the steering wheel, that works very well. There is also the typical driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual – we suspect that most will leave it at Comfort, which does not significantly reduce driving pleasure. the steering reacts quickly and astonishingly directly – but remains somehow numb.
It starts with us in March 2022, can be ordered from February, then there is also Equipment details and prices. They will probably be on VW ID.3 orientate, which starts with a 58 kWh battery at 35,460 euros. (Calculate maintenance costs? To the car insurance comparison)
Technical data Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 • Motor: electric synchronous motor • Power: 160 kW (218 PS) • Max. Torque: 300 Nm • Battery capacity: 60 kWh • Max. Charging power: 130 kW • Length / width / height: 4.21 / 1.77 / 1.50 m • Wheelbase: 2.70 m • Empty weight: 1624 kg • Luggage compartment: 440 l • 0-100 km / h 7.4 s • Vmax: 160 km / h • Range: 450 km • Consumption: 16.1 kWh / 100 km • price k. A.