The latest Renault Megane is one of Renault's most attractively designed cars. There are lots of engines and trims to choose from, but all are well equipped and feature better built interiors than any Renault before. Hatchback versions are available in five-door and sporty three-door Coupe form, while there is also a Sport Tourer estate and a folding hard top convertible called the C-C. The high-performance Renaultsport Megane Coupe is an exciting option for anyone looking for a competitively priced performance hatchback.
- Good value for money
- Comfortable to drive
- Excellent build quality
- Plain styling
- Cramped rear seats
- Less fun to drive than rivals
The current Renault Megane hatchback was introduced in 2008, ditching the flamboyant lines of its predecessor for a more stylish, reserved look. This was revised again towards the end of 2013, with a new front end and an updated interior. It's available as a three or five-door hatchback, a more practical estate or even a desirable cabriolet for those who like to feel the wind in their hair. Diesel versions are cheap to run and interior quality is better than any Renault hatchback before, although not quite up to the standard of the Volkswagen Golf.
- Handsome looks
- High-quality interior
- Comfortable to drive
- Poor resale values
- Lingering reliability concerns
- Less powerful engines struggle
The Renault Megane Sport Tourer's boot has 524 litres of luggage capacity with the rear seats in place, which gives it an extra 119 litres of room over the Megane hatchback and puts it in the same league as the Ford Focus and Kia Cee'd SW estates when it comes to space and practicality. It's not bad looking, either – although it isn't particularly thrilling to drive.
- Improved build quality
- Quick Renaultsport version
- Small rear windows
- Not as practical as rivals
- Confusing specifications
Renault labels the sportier-looking three-door version of the Renault Megane as a coupe. It has a lower roofline, different front-end styling and a firmer suspension set-up than the five-door hatchback, but it isn't as sleek as the Volkswagen Scirocco by any stretch of the imagination. Diesel versions are cheap to run and cabin quality is better than that of any Renault family hatchback to date, while the flagship Renaultsport model is one of the best performance hatchbacks on the market.
- Glass hardtop lets in lots of light
- Cabin is quiet with the roof up
- Comfortable driving position
- Rear seats are virtually useless
- Petrol engine’s high running costs
- Wind buffeting with the roof down
The Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet is a stylish hard-top convertible aimed at the Peugeot 308 CC and Volkswagen Eos. It offers good value for money and has an electric folding glass roof. With the roof up, the cabin feels light and airy, but with it down the car suffers from a breezy cabin. Although it's officially a four seater, the back seats are small and space is limited. The boot is not exactly generous, offering only 211 litres of stowage.
- Striking looks
- Sharp handling
- Everyday useability
- Interior finish doesn't feel special enough
- Not quite as practical as competitors
- Road noise from larger wheels
Designed to be the fastest front-wheel-drive car in production, the latest Renaultsport Megane 265 boasts striking styling and a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. It's been designed to excel on both the road and racetrack.