2020 Renault Megane facelift: prices, specs and release date
Facelifted Renault Megane brings new hybrid model, updated cabin tech and tweaked trim levels
- Megane E-Tech hybrid will be capable of up to 30 miles on electric power
- New interior technology includes a new 10-inch digital dial cluster
- Prices start at £20,740
Full UK prices and specifications have been revealed for the new Renault Megane. Renault’s family hatchback has been updated for 2020, with new interior tech, a refreshed trim level range and the introduction of a plug-in hybrid ‘E-Tech’ model on the Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate. The new model will be available to order in August.
2020 Renault Megane prices and specifications
The Megane range has been slimmed down, with only Iconic and RS Line (replacing GT Line) now offered. The iconic model has LED headlights, cruise control, parking sensors all around, a reversing camera, two-zone climate control and a seven-inch sat nav touchscreen. RS Line adds bigger alloy wheels, a 10-inch digital instrument display and the larger 9.3-inch portrait touchscreen. Depending on the engine selected, Iconic costs between £20,740 and £24,140, while the RS Line ranges from £22,700 to £26,100. Picking the Sport Tourer estate costs about £1,500 extra on each model.
The newly available E-Tech plug-in hybrid powertrain can only be specified on the estate, and starts from £30,685 on Iconic and £2,000 more on RS Line. Meanwhile, the fast Renault Megane RS hatchback is now priced from £30,895, rising to £36,495 for a Trophy model with the automatic gearbox.
2020 Renault Megane E-Tech
You’ll be able to cover up to 31 miles on electric power only, which increases to 40 miles for city driving. Renault has confirmed that the Megane E-Tech is capable of up to 84mph under electric power, while 0-62mph takes 9.8 seconds. Its closest rival is the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, which costs slightly less (from £29,995) but posts a slightly slower acceleration time.
When the updated Megane goes on sale, the plug-in hybrid powertrains will only be available in the estate, with the hatchback version joining the range later in the year. Styling changes for the plug-in hybrid are limited to LED headlight graphics and ‘E-Tech’ badging.
2020 Renault Megane: trims, interior and safety technology
New safety features include Renault’s Motorway and Traffic Assistant. This autonomous level 2 driving assistance tech will allow the Megane to accelerate, brake and steer in motorway traffic with minimal driver input.
Inside, the interior features the same 9.3-inch portrait infotainment touchscreen, but it now has Renault’s new ‘Easy Link’ multimedia operating system. This is similar to a smartphone, with a new design making it easier to use. The digital seven-inch dial display has been replaced with a larger 10.2-inch version on RS Line cars.
2020 Renault Megane RS
At the top of the range, there’s now only the 296bhp version of the Megane RS, as the 276bhp model has been dropped for 2020.
The Trophy model now has the same power as the standard RS but features a number of mechanical tweaks, including a stiffened suspension setup and anti-roll bars. To help get the car’s power to the road, a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential is fitted. The car also has four-wheel steering.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The introduction of the Renault Megane E-Tech plug-in hybrid gives Renault a significant advantage in this sector of the market, although a hatchback version would be welcome alongside the estate. Cheaper Meganes look to be good value, as they come with a very generous standard equipment list and are less expensive than an entry-level Ford Focus.
With plug-in versions of both the Skoda Octavia and SEAT Leon arriving in showrooms later this year, the Megane E-Tech is a timely arrival, offering buyers an alternative to PHEV versions of the Volkswagen Group’s popular models.