Renault Megane hatchback - Interior & comfort
Advanced technology and good design lift the Renault Megane interior
The Renault Megane has a seriously impressive interior, with the GT Line model enjoying a huge portrait-orientated touchscreen that dominates the centre of the dashboard. Following the example set by the Kadjar SUV, the standard of interior finish is much better than we’ve seen in a Megane before, with a choice of plush seat fabrics and high-quality materials. For the first time, it can hold its own against established contenders like the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 for the highest dashboard quality award.
The Megane is a pleasingly quiet and smooth car to travel in at 70mph, while even the larger 17 or 18-inch wheels fitted to the Iconic and GT Line models respectively don’t induce much road noise, while preserving a smooth ride. A slight whistle at high speed can be traced to wind rushing around the door mirrors, but you’d never notice it with the radio on.
Renault Megane dashboard
If you step inside the GT Line trim, the first thing you’ll notice about the Megane’s dashboard is the 8.7-inch, portrait-orientated infotainment screen. This is something we’ve only seen in luxury brands like Volvo and Tesla until now and really sets the Megane apart from its rivals, making their interiors look positively outdated by comparison. The instrument cluster is bang-up-to-date, too, with the traditional dials being augmented by a seven-inch screen that you can configure to display different information. Some menus are a little awkward to navigate, though, and the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto displays don’t fit the large screen very well.
The TomTom sat-nav system is easy to use, while the climate control and heated windscreen can all be controlled using the row of buttons under the screen, although their touch-sensitive nature can be a little fiddly on the move. The touchscreen and its surround also quickly attract fingerprints and will need regular cleaning.
The GT Line has sports seats with a unique style of cloth upholstery, chrome door sills and privacy glass that helps keep the interior cool and valuables hidden.
Dig deeper, though, and you’ll find some cheaper materials in areas where inquisitive hands are less likely to stray, such as between the seats and towards your feet. The presence of these plastics puts the overall interior quality closer to the standards of a Vauxhall Astra inside, while easily beating the fit and finish of the Hyundai i30 and Kia Ceed.
In May 2018, Renault simplified the Megane range by halving the number of trim levels from six to three. The entry-level Play comes well-equipped, with a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, DAB radio, USB connectivity, LED daytime running lights, air-conditioning and keyless entry.
The Iconic trim is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, a ‘Multisense’ driving mode selector, TomTom sat nav, automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors and an enhanced stereo with ‘3D sound’.
The GT Line model can be identified from outside by unique bumpers, chrome-style door mirrors and a silver rear diffuser. The theme continues inside, with chrome door sills, sports seats and privacy glass. Importantly, you also get the 8.7-inch touchscreen that makes the interior look much more impressive.
The Renault Megane is available with an assortment of option packs, each of which brings a certain amount of extra kit. We’d recommend upgrading the touchscreen in the Iconic version to the 8.7-inch system for £300, while also adding the Safety Pack for £250.
On the Iconic and GT Line models, you can also specify the Parking Pack, which adds front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera for an extra £400. However, the £500 Parking Pack Premium – available on GT Line adds the reversing camera, as well as hands-free parking and blind-spot monitoring technology.
LED headlights and a sunroof can be added for £500 and £550 respectively, while a £1,000 leather interior is likely to be a fairly rare sight. Costing £200, some will view a spare wheel as an essential, though.