Renault Megane hatchback
Price £16,750 - £23,245
- 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 Renault Megane is a decent all-round family car, offering style, quality and reliability in equal measure."
The Renault Megane competes in the family hatchback class with cars such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. However, the standard Megane is not as much fun to drive as the Ford or as well built as the Volkswagen. For that, you need the fast Renaultsport Megane.
Should the five-door hatchback body style not be to your taste, the Megane also comes as a sporty three-door coupe, a convertible and the Megane Sport Tourer estate – all reviewed separately. The revised model (introduced in 2013) bought a more upmarket dashboard and styling tweaks that give the Megane the same family face as the Renault Clio and Renault Captur.
Buyers can choose from two petrol and two diesel engines. The basic diesel can return fuel economy of more than 80mpg, but the hi-tech 1.2-litre petrol is also surprisingly economical, smooth and quick – making it perfect for urban drivers.
Trim levels include Expression+, Dynamique TomTom, and GT Line TomTom. There's also a more recently introduced Knight Edition trim that offers a sportier take on Expression+. It was originally a special edition, but has now been made a permanent addition to the line-up.
If performance is what you're after, then the GT 220 will take you from 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 149mph, uprated brakes and a Renaultsport-engineered chassis to bring affordable Renaultsport performance to the Megane line.
All models have air-conditioning, cruise control, a Bluetooth phone connection and alloy wheels, and Renault has worked hard to improve the general quality of the interior. It comes with a decent amount of safety kit with several useful optional extras, including a rear parking camera and lane departure warning.
The Megane had initially scored a full five star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test programme. This was subsequently downgraded to an extremely disappointing three stars before being reassessed with revised safety warning stickers and is now a four star car. Most of the Megane's rivals, such as the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Hyundai i30 have scored three stars.
If you decide to buy a Renault Megane, you should push for a big discount at the dealership. Despite the facelift, the model is showing its age now and has pretty poor second-hand values when compared to rivals such as the Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
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
The Renault Megane has decent handling and is pretty comfortable
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
The Renault Megane's practicality isn’t up to the standards of the Honda Civic and Skoda Octavia
Despite all the updates, the Renault Megane isn't as safe as it used to be