Just visit an electric vehicle fair to see that the Renault Mégane E-Tech is one of the most popular models among drivers. Does a test drive confirm this enthusiasm? The La Voiture Electrique team gives us their opinion after a return trip between Saint-Brieuc (22) and Rouen (76). There are more than 650 km in total.
ideal driving conditions
The trip in the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 160 kW (220 hp) was carried out in 2 days, from 14 to 15 September 2022. On these dates, the weather was particularly favorable for achieving very tight consumption: no wind and temperature between 19 and 24°C.
The electric car team observed 17.1 kWh per 100 km while driving at 110 km/h most of the time on a 127 km stretch between Avranches (50) and Saint-Brieuc (22). Consumption figures rose to 18.3 kWh/100 km, increasing speed by 10 km/h, or 120 km/h, between Bourg-Achard (27) and Avranches (193 km).
Which would give on paper, and until the power failure, a respective range of 350 and 327 km with the useful energy capacity of 60 kWh of the NMC (Nicle Manganese Cobalt) Li-Ion package on board. For comparison, the manufacturer advertises 450 km on the WLTP mixed cycle. This does not prevent us from estimating that the consumption observed by La Voiture Electrique is well controlled for speeds of 110 and 120 km/h.
In direct current, the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 theoretically has a charging power of up to 130 kW. However, the curve observed by La Voiture Electrique looks rather disappointing. With 26% battery power, the flow through a 350 kW Ionity terminal was only 111 kW. At 27%, the numbers were already dropping to 107 kW, then 80 kW at 33%, 73 kW at 35%, 65 kW at 41%.
The power has already passed below the 50 kW mark at around 60% energy. In the end, it took 23 minutes to recover 24 kWh of energy. That’s an average power of 62.6 kW to go from 26 to 64% capacity in the Li-Ion package.
These fairly average results don’t preclude occasional long trips. However, if they are frequent and rely on fast charging, the Renault Mégane E-Tech is not the best electric passenger car model for this.
Among the strengths
The Electric Car gives a very good rating to the driving aids on board the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60. ” Often, when staying on the track, if you take your hands off the wheel, electric car systems require you to dial control regain. It’s not the new Renault that only asks to touch the steering wheel », reports the team of testers.
” Trajectory corrections are well calibrated, no bumps “, they complete. They were also won over by the smoothness of adaptive cruise control. His judgment is also positive about the vehicle’s lines and the sound coming out of the Harman Kardon audio system.
” Overall, we weren’t expecting this and we’re pleasantly surprised. It is a very beautiful and well-finished car, of a much higher level than Zoé and Kangoo ZE “, they guarantee.
If it seduces, the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 is, however, perfectible. And it’s at the noise level that the Losange’s new plugged-in compact upset the team at La Voiture Electrique.
” There is already the pedestrian alarm that actually resonates in the cabin. The ventilation and air conditioning systems are also noisy and unpleasant. It’s simple, for our test we cut them because of this. We wouldn’t be surprised if drivers didn’t sign up for the electric Megane just because of these issues. “, they warn.
They also point to poor rearward visibility. “The big screen is less pleasing than a Tesla Model Y Propulsion being offered at a price comparable to the top-end Megane E-Tech we tried,” they object.
In addition to the features we indicated earlier, note that the maximum torque is 300 Nm with the 160 kW wound-rotor synchronous motor. Depending on the finish of this high-end model, the standard on-board charger will be either 7.4 kW (Super Charge) or 22 kW (Optimum Charge).
For a height of 1.51 m, the footprint of this compact tram is 4.20 x 1.77 m. With a loading threshold that does not facilitate its use, the luggage compartment of the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 offers a correct volume of 440 liters that can be increased to 1,332 liters by folding the backrest in 2 parts of the seat.
If prices for this car start at 35,200 euros, the model tested by La Voiture Electrique, with the set of options, is around 55,000 euros.