You will find that the windscreen is edged with heavy leading and it extends quite far over the cabin. The reason for this is obvious really; it provides additional stiffness and protects both driver and front seat passenger should they be involved in a collision. Also, with the extension of the windscreen, this means that there is less roof to be folded away. The roof itself on the Renault Megane Cabriolet Convertible has been designed by a company named Karmann and it is indeed incredibly similar to that of the Nissan Micra C+C, this cannot be helped as the same company designed the roof for both models. One small fact to take into account is the amount of time it takes for the roof to open and close; this only takes 22 seconds so if you hit a sudden downpour of rain, you will not be soaked by the time you get the roof back up.
Moving on to the inside of the Renault Megane Cabriolet Convertible, we found that the design of the trim has been changed in that it now has surrounds which are chrome on the air vents. The handles and dials now have dark carbon faces which look a lot like massagers. If you really want to go mad, you can have seating that is leather and beige in color, however this coupe comes, as standard with cloth and leather covered seats, including the steering wheel, which is also beige. The other options in color are biscuit colored, dark carbon or red leather. These options include the center armrest and the door trims, however, if you decide on this option it will cost you just under US$1,400. There is also a "luxury pack" available that will cost just under US$1,900, if you decide to go down this road (excuse the pun) you will benefit from rear roll bars which are extendable and alloys which are 17 inches in size.
The Renault Megane Cabriolet Convertible we tested came with various optional packs, such as the climate pack which comprised of climate control heated seats in the front; this would cost you around US$780. The "comfort pack" available includes folding mirrors, a 6 change CD player which is mounted on the dashboard and a card entry system (designed by Renault) which will also cost you approximately US$780. Lastly, the "handling pack" comes with ESP traction control, tire pressure monitor and a CSV under steer control system; this is less expensive at about US$700.
These optional packs are great if you are prepared to spend that little bit extra; however, the Renault Megane Coupe Cabriolet Convertible is already pretty well equipped when bought as standard. We found that the seats were really comfortable and the driver and front passenger benefit from the ability to adjust the height of the seats and, for the driver, there is an adjustable steering column so that you can create the perfect setting when it comes to reach. You also have cruise control which comes with limiters. The leather touch to the fabric adds an air of sophistication and a feeling of extra comfort.
As far as the rear seats are concerned, your leg room will not be affected as long as those in the front do not top more than 6 feet in height, in which case it can be a pretty tight squeeze, especially if you are about to embark upon a long trip.
When it comes to the boot of the Renault Megane Coupe Cabriolet Convertible you have to accept that the space will be limited if you want the roof folded down. However, you can still expect to have at least 190 liters of space. If your roof is up the boot space is increased to 490 liters.
As standard the Renault Megane Coupe Cabriolet Convertible will cost you just over US$31,000. With this you will get an engine which is 2.0 liters in size and it is turbo charged. Obviously safety is an issue with any brand of cabriolet, Renault have thought this through. The roll bars that come as standard are extendable to reach a height of 5 inches and have a locking mechanism which adds to the overall protection of the driver and passengers. Overall, after testing the Renault Megane Coupe Cabriolet Convertible, we were impressed. It was a smooth ride and unlike the conventional convertibles, it still looks great when the roof is up, largely due to the fact that is made of glass.