Renault has launched the Megane 1.5 dCi 100 Auto, the first automatic version of the diesel-powered models.

This latest engine and transmission combination is available to order now on the Expression and Dynamique trim levels of Mégane Hatch, Sport Saloon and Sport Tourer, with a dCi 100 Auto also available on the Sport Hatch Dynamique.

The intelligent, four-speed “Pro-active” automatic gearbox allows a “flick-shift” manual mode and adjusts itself to an individual’s driving style.

The power and torque characteristics of the engine suit the transmission well with peak torque of 200Nm (more than the 2.0 16V petrol engine) developed at 1900rpm and 100hp at 4000rpm. 0-62mph takes 14.7 seconds (depending on model) with a top speed of 108mph, fuel economy of 48.7mpg on a combined cycle and CO² emissions of 153g/km.

Prices start at £14,490.