Despite being over 30 years old, I have recently experienced a car that I fear I am already too old to fully appreciate.
My story begins on a Thursday morning at my home on the south coast of England. I had just spent a week with Renault’s new Mégane, a fitting competitor to Ford’s Focus and a step forward in terms of Renault’s engineering from the previous model.
The old Mégane’s backside has been shaken for the last time, so the design is not as ‘edgy’ as before, and that look is reflected inside with controls laid out sensibly.
The new car is very comfortable too, with plenty of padding in the seats to make long journeys that little bit more bearable.
Powered by a version of Renault’s faithful 1.9-litre diesel with 130bhp, this Mégane was refined, capable and economical. Despite a large proportion of time spent driving through towns, the car averaged 49mpg.
Winds of change
My final journey in the Mégane was a straightforward trip up to Banbury, made easier by my trusty automotive companion. On reaching the midlands, the Mégane was swapped for an altogether different driving prospect.