In this article, we will answer the following question: Can a Renault Megane tow a caravan? We wrote a complete guide on Renault Megane and talked about performance, torque and towing capacity, technology and comfort on long roads.
Can a Renault Megane tow a caravan?
We must recognise that the Renault Megane can tow a caravan, and it is among the best when it comes to fuel economy. The diesel engine of the new Megane is genuinely a unit that manages to do it all. When you go slower, it will not have higher consumption than the one presented in the previous chapter, and when you want to drive a little sportier, the couple will serve, and you will be able to make the overtaking you want on your favourite roads.
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Renault Megane: A complete review
Renault Megane is an essential car from the French offer, representing a kind of workhorse that knows how to do it all: the company car, and the family car, and the sports car – in the RS version.
Until now, the Megane design was not one to receive a significant update, so the car went relatively unnoticed in traffic. This will no longer be the case after we get to know Renault Megane IV better.
Engine: Our Megane was a better one than the GT-Line that you have certainly seen tested by other bloggers or from the media: we had a Megane equipped with the most powerful engine diesel available 1.6l, 130 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque.
Numbers are numbers, let me tell you what it feels like to drive this car. For starters, the French are lying. They say that the car has torque from 1750 rpm, but I felt the car pulling very well from 1500 rpm.
I don’t know exactly what pressure the diesel engine turbine is running at, but I can assure you that the acceleration is quite violent, giving the impression of a frugal car that you trust to overtake or less legal manoeuvres here and there.
But what helps the engine put the 130 horsepower on the road? A 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. This version has an exceptional manual gearbox that involves you in the driving process in a very precise and sporty way.
I’m not saying now that the EDC would not be a good gearbox, but the French would be entirely reckless to deprive the owners of the RS / RS Trophy of a complete driving experience by offering the car only with the EDC automatic gearbox.
From what is rumoured, for now, it seems that the new RS will be offered only with the EDC box, but I hope that the French will think a little more before taking this step. The Clio RS was the test platform for the EDC box, and the buyers were not very happy.
Consumption: Renault Megane is a car that promises to be as good-looking as it is economical. Thus, the French estimate an average consumption of 4l/100 km, but this consumption increases a bit in real life, succeeding 6.2l / 100 km.
Performance: The diesel engine of the new Megane is truly a unit that manages to do it all: when you go slower, it will not have higher consumption than the one presented in the previous chapter and when you want to drive a little sportier the couple will serve and you will be able to make the overtaking you want on your favourite roads.
The big secret of the agility of this car is the weight: about 1.4 tons. If we add to this mass the torque of 320 Nm, we have the recipe for a beautiful acceleration: 10 seconds from 0-100 km/h.
To put everything in perspective, the 1.6-litre, 130-horsepower petrol engine equipped on the Megane achieves the same sprint in 10.6 seconds. Therefore, we have a diesel with better performance than its brother gas station.
In fact, of all the range of engines that Renault currently offers, the only variant that can surpass this diesel is the GT equipped with a 1.6-litre gasoline engine and 205 horsepower. I’m not much of a diesel fan, but the performance of this engine is remarkable.
I will continue to praise the performance of these cars because under this efficient engine there is an equally well-developed chassis. The French put a button called Renault Multi-Sense on our neck that controls the driving style, so that after pressing the sport button and the steering is strengthened and the acceleration becomes more sensitive, the car has beautiful handling.
Let’s recap: in the city, it is comfortable, in curves it feels very good when you drive aggressively and it is not bad when consuming.
Safety: Even if the new Megane is a new car on the market, it had time to pass the EURO Ncap tests and even take them with flying colours: 5 stars! This exceptional result is not surprising considering that the French offer front and side curtain-type airbags and side chest airbags since the standard version.
ABS and ESP systems are also present, so from all points of view passengers are insured. Some systems warn the driver when he leaves the traffic lane without signalling and assistance for blind spots is also present. The “Drive Safely” package also contains a practical system that warns the driver when the vehicle in front is too close, thus helping to keep a safe distance.
Innovation: With the new Megane, the French also introduce the Multi-Sense button and its function is simple: it allows the driver to select the desired driving style, depending on how sporty/comfortable he wants to drive.
Similar features were once available only on cars much more expensive and more powerful than Renault Megane, but technology has advanced a lot since those times, so nowadays, a family hatchback has a system that selects the general character of the car.
Another interesting thing that is on the GT variety and that will surely appear on the RS, is the 4Control system that allows the rear wheels to take turns, thus helping the front wheels.
Technology: And here, as in most Renaults lately, the R-Link system is present, doing an even better job than it has doneNext, an easy-to-use, intuitive system, accompanied by a 7-in, allows you to see everything you are about to select clearly.
In terms of connectivity, we have AUX, USB and Bluetooth, so you can connect various devices. During the testing period, the R-Link system also had some failures: it happened to me to suddenly lose the GPS signal, without me being in a passage or tunnel.
The bottom line
We have reached the end of our review, but we’d like to know more about your experience with Renault Megane on the road. Does it exceed your expectations or you think it’s not worth the price?
Do let us know if you have any questions or comments.
FAQ on Can a Renault Megane tow a caravan?
Can a Renault Captur tow a caravan?
Just like the Renault Clio, with a low braked towing capacity of a maximum of 900 kg, the Renault Captur can successfully tow only a small caravan or lightweight camper.
What weight can a Renault Kadjar tow?
A Renault Kadjar has a towing capacity of a maximum of 1500 kgs. Overall a Renault Kadjar does a decent job when towing, but its acceleration is sluggish, especially when climbing a hill.
Can you increase a vehicle’s towing capacity?
You can’t increase a vehicle’s towing capacity as they are engineered with a specific capability. Some cars weren’t designed for towing at all!
How do you tell if you are towing too much?
You know that you are towing too much if you are over the GCWR and if your vehicle is leaning, or there is lots of bounce when you hit bumps along the road.