The going is great with GT

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The motor industry never tires of acronyms – ABS, EBD, ESP, CVT, EGR, TC.

There is a dizzying array of abbreviations for all kinds of features and every level of spec, but the one that really resonates is GT.

Coming from the Italian, Gran Tourismo, simply put means that the car can go the distance in comfort, and with some serious spring in its step.

I have recently been lucky enough to test three different models all given the GT Line spec, all of which came from the same manufacturer – Renault.

From the punchy little Megane Coupe GT Line to the muscular Megane Hatch GT Line and the daddy of the three, the Grand Megane GT Line, this is an impressive line-up of cars.

They may come from the same manufacturer, bear the same family name and spec, but we are talking about three very different personalities here.

The first of the three I drove was the Hatch, and what a surprise it had in store.

Packing a 110bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine, but boasting fuel-saving stop-start technology, this model has all the practicality of a five-door car with the thrill of something far more lunatic.

The car combines a sport chassis developed by Renault Sport, for extra driving excitement, with exclusive interior and exterior design elements, rear diffuser, 17″ alloy wheels, sport seats and aluminium pedals.

Next in line for me was the Grand Megane GT Line – the model that is begging to be taken for a spin down through France and perhaps to the north Spanish coast?

Yes, this is the kind of trip the Grand Megane was built for.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine, this time coupled to an automatic gearbox, was well matched to the weight of the car, giving plenty of power when needed.

This car gives the driver a wealth of features to make serious touring a pleasure.

Starting with the heated, split-leather seats, the interior oozes comfort.

The contrast stitching around the gear stick and steering wheel feels reassuring to the touch, while a host of clever compartments offer practical storage in every corner of the cabin, even in the footwell.

Entertainment comes in the form of the Renault R-PLUG&RADIO+, offering connectivity solutions for all your mobile devices including a jack plug in the front and built-in Bluetooth® technology for mobile phones, with voice recognition and audio-streaming. With the Plug & Music option you can connect your MP3 player to the USB or Jack socket and control the system using the central control.

Navigation is handled by the Carminat TomTom® LIVE, which is Renault’s new onboard, connected navigation system. Its central control provides intuitive, safe access to the various functions.

So, to the last of the family, the sexy Megane Coupe GT Line.

Keeping in mind this little beauty has the same 1.5-litre diesel engine under the hood, you can imagine the kind of drive you have waiting in store.

Every bit the mad yoke you would expect, yet brimming with bags of the aforementioned GT Line spec of its siblings – this was my favourite of the three cars.

Maybe not my very first choice when I put my practical hat on, but the amount of features crammed into this little motor is nothing short of staggering, and man does she move about.

These are cars that Renault should be proud of, and are sure to tempt some new buyers in their direction.

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