Renault Megane Coupe
Price £19,345 - £24,235
- Improved build quality
- Quick Renaultsport version
- Small rear windows
- Not as practical as rivals
- Confusing specifications
At a glance
"The Renault Megane Coupe is a sporty three-door hatch that has an improving reputation for quality and reliability."
The Renault Megane Coupe has the same name as the five-door Renault Megane and they share a lot of parts, but that's where the similarities end. The coupe is a rival for the likes of the Volkswagen Scirocco, Hyundai Veloster, SEAT Leon SC and Vauxhall Astra GTC, so it's sleeker and sportier than the more practical five-door. Both cars have the same dashboard layout, offering undeniably improved interior quality compared to Renaults of old, which raises the coupe's game.
Most car manufacturers charge you more money for more doors – but not Renault. The French brand has decided to make the three-door coupe version of the Megane more expensive than the five-door, which is a bit cheeky considering that it's not any better than the standard car.
The Megane Coupe comes in three main specifications: the entry-level Dynamique Nav, mid-range Limited Nav and top-of-the-range GT Line Nav. There have been a handful of special editions, including the Knight Edition, while a 2012 update added some extra features, including daytime running lights and new black trim.
There's also the sporty GT 220 trim, which uses a 220bhp Renaultsport engine and uprated chassis, steering and brakes to offer affordable Renaultsport performance. Of course, there's also the full Renaultsport version, which is extremely good fun if you can afford it.
If that's not enough, your Megane Coupe can be specced with a number of options, with Renault helpfully organising some of them into packs that can be easily added to your list.
There's a wide range of engines available, from a basic (and rather gutless) 1.6-litre petrol, to economical 1.5 and 1.6-litre diesels capable of more than 80mpg and the warm Renaultsport-sourced 220bhp 2.0-litre petrol found in the GT 220 version.
Our choice would be the entry-level Dynamique Nav with the dCi 130 1.6-litre diesel engine. This basic version is far from sparsely equipped, as air-con and sat nav are included, while the gutsy engine is one of the quickest in the range, yet still capable of around 70mpg.
Mid-range diesels offer best mix of pace and economy in the Renault Megane Coupe
Sharp handling backs up the sporty looks of the Renault Megane Coupe
The Renault Megane Coupe transmits a lot of bumps and vibrations inside
Renault Megane Coupe boot space is reasonable, but difficult to access due to a narrow opening
The Renault Megane has performed reasonably well in our Driver Power satisfaction survey