The original Mégane was the funky alternative family car, or the stylish coupe, or a small estate, or pretty much anything you wanted it to be. That was followed by the divisively styled, but obviously different second gen (you know, the one with the posterior?) and that spawned an amazing series of hot Renault Sport blessed versions.
But then something went slightly awry with Gen-3. There's no denying it was a good car – but it just didn't quite have the spark, that innovative style and verve.
Thankfully the latest family hatch offered by Renault fixes that issue. Admittedly the Mégane is now a more grown-up car than those original forays into the market, but the all-new Mégane has nailed its styling brief, delivering the space it needs without the boredom.
The new Mégane launches with its first 'Sport' badged model, the GT, topping the range. With 205bhp it's not quite the Golf GTI hot-hatch killer of the range - that will be the RS which launches in a couple of years - but it's aimed at the growing 'warm hatch' market, currently owned by the likes of the Peugeot 308 GT. In fact the Mégane enters the market level on price and power with the Peugeot.