Renault’s Megane GT220 ‘hot wagon’, still fresh after its local debut last July and now facelifted this week, has been given a hatch-backed sibling.
Entering as a rival to the likes of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI, the GT220 hatch is driven by the same 2.0 litre turbo engine powering the mad-hat Megane RS.
In the GT220, the turbo engine’s output has been detuned from 195kW/360Nm in the new RS 265 to a still tasty 162kW (220hp) and 340Nm.
A six-speed manual transmission is the only shifter on offer with both GT220 models, and both are tuned by Renault Sport for a performance-focused drive.
Renault says both GT220 models will hit 100km/h in 7.6 seconds (noteably short of the newer GTI’s 6.5 second run), with fuel use listed at 7.3 l/100km.
Boosting the GT220’s credentials is a stiffer suspension package, along with 18-inch alloys in Dunlop Sport Maxx rubber, a Renault Sport interior package and a performance-tracking RS Monitor 1.0 system.
Other features with the GT220 include cloth-trimmed sports seats, GT220 badging, a sports body kit, red interior highlights, auto headlights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, LED daytime lights, eight-speaker audio, Bluetooth/USB audio and rear parking sensors. The wagon also gets roof bars.
The GT220 had previously missed out on satellite navigation, but this week’s updated range launch means buyers can opt for the GT220 Premium hatch or wagon and gain sat-nav as a result.
Other Premium features include leather seats (heated in the front row), a centre rear arm rest with cup holders, dual panoramic glass roof, reversing camera and front parking sensors, lane departure warning and RS Monitor 2.0 - previously featured in the smaller Clio RS hatch.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Authentique TCe 130 MT - $20,990
- Authentique TCe 130 EDC - $23,490
- Authentique dCi 110 EDC - $25,990
- GT-Line TCe 130 EDC - $26,990
- GT-Line dCi 110 EDC - $29,490
- GT-Line Premium Pack TCe 130 EDC - $30,990
- GT-Line Premium Pack dCi 110 EDC - $33,490
- Dynamique TCe 130 EDC - $26,990
- GT-Line TCe 130 EDC - $28,490
- Dynamique dCi 110 EDC - $29,490
- GT-Line dCi 110 EDC - $31,490
- GT-Line Premium Pack TCe 130 EDC - $32,490
- GT-Line Premium Pack dCi 110 EDC - $35,490
GT220 Hatch and Sport Wagon
- GT220 Hatch - $35,490
- GT220 Sport Wagon - $36,990
- GT220 Hatch Premium Pack - $39,490
- GT220 Sport Wagon Premium Pack - $40,990