Renault Megane

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.

Renault Megane hatchback

Price 
£16,750 - £23,245
5 Doors
3.0 / 5
Pros
  • Good value for money
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • 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, 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.

Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate

Price 
£17,750 - £24,245
5 Doors
3.6 / 5
Pros
  • Handsome looks
  • High-quality interior
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Poor resale values
  • GT version isn't sporty
  • Lower-powered engines struggle

The Megane Sport Tourer estate is a very practical car in a fairly compact body. From the driver's seat, it doesn’t feel big and bulky, but it offers plenty of luggage space. However, its boot isn't quite as big as what you get in the cavernous Peugeot 308 SW and Skoda Octavia Estate. There's a wide range of engines and trims to choose from, but most versions are well equipped and reasonably priced.

Renault Megane coupe

Price 
£18,250 - £28,930
3 Doors
3.0 / 5
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Excellent build quality
  • Quick Renaultsport version
Cons
  • 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.

Renault Megane C-C cabriolet

Price 
£23,800 - £27,045
2 Doors
2.9 / 5
Pros
  • Glass hardtop lets in lots of light
  • Cabin is quiet with the roof up
  • Comfortable driving position
Cons
  • 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. 

Renault Megane Renaultsport hatchback

Price 
£25,930 - £36,430
3 Doors
3.6 / 5
Pros
  • Sharp handling
  • Striking looks
  • Everyday usability
Cons
  • Interior doesn't feel special enough
  • Not as practical as competitors
  • Road noise with larger wheels

Designed to be the fastest front-wheel-drive car in production, the latest Renaultsport Megane 265 boasts striking styling, a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and handling designed to excel on both the road and track.