Renault Megane hatchback

Price  £17,570 - £23,250

Renault Megane hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Good value for money
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent build quality
  • Plain styling
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Less fun to drive than rivals

At a glance

The greenest
Expression+ dCi 110 eco2 5dr £18,245
The cheapest
Expression+ TCe 115 eco2 5dr £17,570
The fastest
GT Nav 220 5dr £23,250
Top of the range
GT Nav 220 5dr £23,250

"The Renault Megane is a decent all-round family car, offering style, quality and reliability in equal measure."

If you’re looking for a family hatchback, there's no question that you’re well catered for. The Renault Megane hatchback is just one car to choose from out of a myriad of competitors, where the Ford Focus, SEAT Leon and Volkswagen Golf have the segment licked.

The Megane does fall a little behind some of the competition, simply because it's getting on a bit. Even though a recent facelift brought some styling tweaks and a refreshed trim range, the Megane isn’t the most exciting car to drive and suffers from a lack of passenger space inside. An all-new Megane is likely to arrive in 2016. 

Its age doesn’t necessarily mean that the Megane lacks advantages. The hatch is comfortable on the road, generally well built inside and generously equipped too. It's also good value for money, due to its imminent replacement, and even more so after a generous discount. Be aware, though, that the Megane suffers from heavy depreciation, so that discount comes with a sting in the tail. 

This review is strictly for the five-door hatchback Megane. Renault offers the Megane as a sportier three-door coupe, a convertible, an estate and a seriously impressive high-performance Renaultsport edition.

Two petrol and two diesel engines populate the engine choices. The basic diesel makes the best case, since a claimed 79mpg is possible and it escapes road tax. Even the slightly lacklustre 12.1-second 0-62mph time (when equipped with the manual gearbox) can be overlooked because of the engine's impressive economy. 

The smallest petrol engine – the 1.2-litre – offers a better compromise of performance and efficiency; a 10.9 second 0-62mph time is coupled with 53.3mpg and a £30 road tax bill. The small petrol is faster and smoother than the diesel, and the model itself is cheaper. It's a better bet for those who don’t do a lot of miles per year or tend to do more local journeys.

In contrast, the ‘warm’ Renault Megane GT 220 accelerates from 0-62mpg in just 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 149mph. It's not as hardcore as the Renaultsport Megane, but features a Renaultsport-tuned chassis and a lot of equipment. It doesn’t feel as inferior as you might think and represents good value compared to the full-fat Renaultsport model.

Trim levels start from basic Expression+ and move on to Dynamique Nav, Limited Nav, GT Line Nav and GT Nav. As the names may suggest, all but the basic Expression+ models are treated to satellite navigation as standard. Even so, all models feature air conditioning, cruise control, electric mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and alloy wheels.

The Megane was awarded four out of five stars, which isn’t exactly great considering most of its rivals achieved the full five-star rating with ease. Six airbags and stability control do come as standard, though. The facelift also showed Renault's continuing efforts to improve reliability and build quality, reflected from owners feedback. It's also worth mentioning that Renault is one of the few manufacturers to provide a four-year warranty, rather than the standard three.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

All engines offer strong performance and economy, but the diesels really shineAll engines offer strong performance and economy, but the diesels offered with the Renault Megane really shine

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

The Renault Megane has decent handling and is pretty comfortable

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

The Megane is comfortable to drive, but space in the back is a little cramped The Renault Megane is comfortable to drive and standard equipment is impressive

Practicality & boot space

3.3 / 5

The Renault Megane's practicality isn’t up to the standards of the Honda Civic and Skoda Octavia

Reliability & safety

2.6 / 5

Despite all the updates, the Renault Megane isn't as safe as it used to be

What the others say

2.8 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
"The Megane benefits from the firm's 4+ aftersales scheme, which includes a four-year warranty and roadside assistance package."
2 / 5
"The steering is fairly responsive, but it has virtually zero feedback, which detracts from your enjoyment and confidence on twisty roads."
3.5 / 5
"This generation Megane is a huge improvement in terms of interior quality, ride and handling but sadly it lacks the same styling flair and looks conventional as a result."
What owners say 
4 /5 based on 400 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
26 Aug 2015
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