Updated Renault Megane is plug-in hybrid only

Renault Megane range gets the latest interior tech, tweaked trim levels and E-Tech plug-in hybrid powertrain

  • Megane E-Tech hybrid now available in both hatch and estate versions
  • Regular petrol and diesel models to be discontinued
  • Expected to cost from around £29,500

The new Renault Megane E-Tech plug-in hybrid hatchback will offer around 30 miles of pure-electric range when it goes on sale alongside the existing estate version. The car goes on sale in August with an estimated price tag of around £29,500.

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The arrival of the new E-Tech PHEV hatchback sees Renault discontinue the petrol and diesel versions of the Megane, with the PHEV becoming the only powertrain on offer. Rival plug-in hybrid models include the SEAT Leon e-Hybrid and the Skoda Octavia iV.

2021 Renault Megane E-Tech prices and specifications

Along with the revised engine range, the Megane will now only be available in two trim levels. The entry-level Iconic trim kicks off the range and is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights. Inside, a 10-inch digital dial cluster and a seven-inch infotainment screen are standard, along with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A trio of switchable driving modes are also standard, along with lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition, keyless entry and start and eight interior ambient lighting colours.

Above this, the RS Line spec adds 17-inch alloys, sporty front and rear bumpers exclusive to the RS Line trim and a rear-view parking camera. Other additions include a larger 9.3-inch infotainment screen, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, advanced autonomous emergency braking and hands-free parking assistance.

Buyers can add to the safety suite of their cars with the optional Safety Pack, which adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and an E-Call function that alerts emergency services in the event of an accident. Driver assistance features can be bolstered further with the Motorway Pack, adding stop and go functionality to the adaptive cruise control, lane centering and rear cross traffic alert.

Powertrain, range and charging

The Renault Megane E-Tech hatchback and Sport Tourer estate are powered by the same 1.6-litre petrol engine, 64bhp electric motor and 9.8kWh battery. This powertrain produces a total of 158bhp.

According to Renault, both the hatch and estate can cover up to 30 miles on electric power. Full details of charging times are yet to be confirmed but, given the battery size, we’d expect a full charge to take around 4-5 hours when connected to a home wallbox. Officially, the hatchback can manage fuel economy of up to 235.4mpg and CO2 emission of 28g/km, while the estate is capable of up to 217.3mpg and emits 29g/km.

Renault has confirmed that the Megane E-Tech hatchback manages 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 114mph. In Sport Tourer estate guise, the same benchmark sprint takes 9.8 seconds and the top speed is the same.

For more on the Megane range, read our in-depth review of the Megane hatchback, or the Megane RS.

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