Review

Renault Megane Coupe

Price  £18,250 - £28,930

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 3dr £22,445
The cheapest
Dynamique Nav 1.6 110 3dr £18,250
The fastest
Renaultsport 275 S/S Trophy 3dr £28,930
Top of the range
Renaultsport 275 S/S Trophy 3dr £28,930

"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.

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 
4.209
4.2 /5 based on 100 reviews
65%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
13 May 2015
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