All you have to do is visit an electric car show and notice that the Renault Mégane E-Tech is one of the most popular models among motorists. Does a test drive confirm this enthusiasm? The La Voiture Electrique team gives us our opinion after a return trip between Saint-Brique (22) and Rouen (76). Which is more than 650 km in total.
Ideal driving conditions
Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 160 kW (220 hp) The journey was completed over 2 days from September 14 to 15, 2022. On these dates, the weather was particularly favorable for achieving rather rigorous use: no wind and temperatures between 19 and 24 degrees Celsius.
The electric car team noted 17.1 kWh per 100 km when driving at 110 km/h on the 127 km section between Avranches (50) and Saint-Brique (22). Between Bourg-Achard (27) and Avranches (193 km) increasing the speed by 10 km/h or 120 km/h the consumption figures reach 18.3 kW/100 km.
Which will be offered on paper, and up to energy failure, an autonomous autonomy of 350 and 327 km with a useful energy capacity of 60 kWh of the NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) lithium-ion pack on board. For comparison, the manufacturer declares 450 km in the WLTP mixed cycle. This does not prevent us from assuming that the consumption mentioned 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 capacity of up to 130 kW. However, the curve observed by La Voiture Electrique seems quite disappointing. With 26% power in the battery, an Ionity 350 kW terminal had a flux of only 111 kW. At 27%, the figures are already 107 kW, then 80 kW at 33%, 73 kW at 35%, 65 kW at 41%.
The power has already gone below the 50 kW mark by about 60%. Ultimately, it took 23 minutes to recover 24 kWh of energy. It has an average power of 62.6 kW from 26 to 64% capacity in lithium-ion packs.
This rather average result will not prevent the occasional long trip. However, if they are frequent and rely on fast charging, the Renault Megane e-Tech Electric isn’t the best passenger car model.
Electric car driving aids in the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 are rated very well. ” Often, with being in the lane, if you take your hands off the steering wheel, the systems of electric cars should mark you regaining control. Not the new Renault that just asks to touch the steering wheel », reports the team of testers.
” Trajectory corrections are well calibrated without jerking “, they are complete. They were also won over by the smoothness of the adaptive cruise control. Their verdict is also positive about the lines of the car and the sound coming out of the Harman Kardon audio system.
” Overall, we didn’t expect this and were pleasantly surprised. It’s a very nice and well-finished car, much more so than the Zoé and Kangoo ZE “, they assure.
If it tempts, the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 is still perfect. And it’s the noise level that has the team at Losanj’s new plug-in compact La Voucher Electric irked.
” There are already pedestrian alarms that really resonate in the cabin. Ventilation and air conditioning systems are also noisy and unpleasant. It’s simple, for our test we cut them for this reason “, they warn.
They also point to poor rear visibility. ” The larger screen is less pleasing than the Tesla Model Y propulsion we tried, which is offered at a comparable price to the top-of-the-range Megane E-Tech. “, they also oppose.
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 top-of-the-range model, the standard on-board charger will be of the 7.4 kW (Super Charge) or 22 kW (Optimum Charge) type.
For a height of 1.51 m, the footprint of this compact electric is 4.20 x 1.77 m. A loading sill that does not facilitate its use, the boot of the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60 offers a proper volume of 440 liters which can be increased to 1,332 liters by folding the backrest in 2 parts of the bench seat.
If the price of this car starts at 35,200 euros, the model tested by La Voucher Electric, with a set of options, is about 55,000 euros.