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Renault Megane hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

In keeping with previous versions, this Renault Megane has a very efficient diesel engine

Previous Renault Meganes – particularly the diesels – have always been among the most efficient cars in their class and this latest version looks to maintain that position. Renault is also one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to electrification, and a plug-in hybrid version has the potential to drastically cut bills.

Renault Megane MPG & CO2

In the standard range, the most economical version of the Megane is the 1.5-litre 113bhp Blue dCi 115 diesel with a six-speed manual gearbox. Renault claims up to 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 117g/km for the Iconic trim. Step up to the top-of-the-range R.S. Line version with an automatic gearbox and economy sits at 61.4mpg with emissions at 121g/km; visits to fuel stations shouldn’t be too frequent as a result.

The 138bhp 1.3-litre petrol engine returns 47.1mpg in the Iconic model, while specifying the optional automatic gearbox brings this down to 46.3mpg. CO2 emissions range from 136g/km to 138g/km, but the petrol and diesel engines offer broadly the same Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) bands as there’s a surcharge on diesels. The plug-in hybrid 'E-Tech' model offers an EV range of just over 30 miles, slashing CO2 emissions to around 30g/km and resulting in an official fuel-economy figure of more than 200mpg.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all Renault Meganes cost £150 a year to tax, while insurance groups span from 17 to 22 out of 50.

Insurance

The lowest Megane insurance group is 17 for the 1.5-litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox, while the 1.3-litre TCe 140 petrol sits in groups 21-22. That makes it slightly more expensive to insure than the Ford Focus, which starts in group 11.

Warranty

Renault lengthened its standard warranty at the end of 2019, so the Megane is covered by a five-year/100,000 mile warranty. This stacks up well against rivals, beating the three years of cover offered with the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, while matching the Hyundai i30 and Toyota Corolla's five years of cover. Renault also includes three years of roadside assistance.

Servicing

The Renault Megane requires a service every year or 12,000 miles, and Renault offers affordable service plans for all its cars. Its EasyLife Pack covers servicing for three years (or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first) for £299, but is not transferable if you sell the car.

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