Review

Renault Megane Coupe

Price  £19,885 - £24,780

Renault Megane Coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Improved build quality
  • Quick Renaultsport version
Cons
  • Small rear windows
  • Not as practical as rivals
  • Confusing specifications

At a glance

The greenest
GT Line Nav dCi 110 eco2 3dr £22,985
The cheapest
Dynamique Nav Tce 115 eco2 3dr £19,885
The fastest
GT Nav 220 3dr £24,780
Top of the range
GT Nav 220 3dr £24,780

"The Renault Megane Coupe is a sporty three-door hatch that has an improving reputation for quality and reliability."

The Renault Megane Coupe is quite a different proposition to the regular five-door Megane hatchback. It does share some parts with that car, but it’s actually a far sleeker, more seductively styled machine and more closely aligned with cars like the Volkswagen Scirocco.

The same goes for two more of its rivals, the Vauxhall Astra GTC and SEAT Leon SC, cars that share the names of less glamorous hatchbacks but are actually quite sporty and stylish. The Megane Coupe mirrors the efforts of the competition to attract customers looking for style and indulgence over practicality and economy.

It certainly looks the part and has a lot more visual appeal than the regular Megane. Inside, though, it’s broadly the same family hatchback, but it’s still worth mentioning that Renault interior quality has come on a great deal in recent years. As a result, the Megane can easily rival the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra for interior feel, even if it can’t match the standard of the Volkswagen Scirocco.

Renault pitches the Megane coupe slightly upmarket of the regular hatchback, and this is reflected by a slightly higher price. Fortunately, specification is reasonable – but not enough to justify the increase in cost alone. There are three main lines to choose from, with the Dynamique Nav being the entry-level. Next comes the Limited Nav, then a sportier-looking version, the GT Line Nav.

The GT 220 has not only sporty looks, but also the power and performance to match them, thanks to a 220bhp Renaultsport engine, with chassis, steering and brakes uprated to match. It makes for a well-priced taste of Renaultsport performance, without the hard edge and higher price tag of the full-on Renaultsport Megane.

There are also a number of option packages available to further mould the Megane coupe more closely to your personal taste.

Engine choices begin with a 1.2-litre 115bhp petrol with a manual gearbox, rising to 130bhp if ordered as an automatic. The other petrol choice is the 220bhp Renaultsport 2.0-litre engine, which is only available in the GT 220.

Diesel engines are the 110bhp 1.5-litre with a manual or automatic gearbox, or a manual-only 1.6-litre 130bhp. Our favourite combination is Dynamique Nav with the dCi 130 1.6-litre diesel engine. Although this is the entry-level model, it still has air-conditioning and sat nav, while performance is good thanks to the gutsy engine. Best of all, though, it can manage 70mpg fuel economy.

The Megane Coupe has never been subjected to Euro NCAP crash testing separately from the hatchback, but the regular Megane holds a four-star safety rating (out of a possible five), missing out on a fifth star in part because some rivals have additional electronic safety systems.

Our annual Driver Power survey of owner satisfaction placed the Renault Megane Hatchback in 62nd position out of 150 cars ranked in 2016. Owners love their cars’ running costs, handling and ride quality, while reliability is reassuringly good, too. The Megane was let down by sparse in-car technology, although with all Coupes having sat nav as standard, that criticism may not apply here.

Overall, the Megane Coupe is a good-looking and economical choice for anybody on the lookout for a family car, but who isn’t ready to abandon style for practicality.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.6 / 5

Mid-range diesels offer best mix of pace and economy in the Renault Megane Coupe

Engines, drive & performance

3.9 / 5

Sharp handling backs up the sporty looks of the Renault Megane Coupe

Interior & comfort

3.1 / 5

The Renault Megane Coupe transmits a lot of bumps and vibrations inside

Practicality & boot space

2.5 / 5

Renault Megane Coupe boot space is reasonable, but difficult to access due to a narrow opening

Reliability & safety

2.5 / 5

The Renault Megane has performed reasonably well in our Driver Power satisfaction survey

What the others say

3.7 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
If you crave a harcore hot hatch then get the Renaultsport version, or get yourself an R26 verion of the outgoing model, but for most people the coupe offers plenty of usable performance without compromising on space or comfort. A great warm hatch.
3 / 5
The Megane Coupe is keenly priced, looks great and comes well equipped. It handles well too and is available with some fine engines. But rear-seat head- and legroom are poor, and the ride is very firm compared to the best in the class.
4 / 5
The Megane Coupe has a much sleeker appearance than the hatchback and enough appeal to turn heads of owners of the Hyundai Coupe and perhaps even the Volkswagen Scirocco. However, it still has enough practicality to attract interest from buyers who want a car that looks good and is more useful than traditional coupes.
What owners say 
4.2320388349515
4.2 /5 based on 103 reviews
66%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
3 Aug 2016
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