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Renault Megane hatchback - Practicality & boot space

Large boot and plenty of passenger space ensure the Renault Megane makes the grade here

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With a large boot, useful 60:40 split-folding rear seats and a spacious interior with plenty of storage for your odds and ends, the Renault Megane is a very practical choice. It generally compares well with rivals but is let down slightly by a high loading lip that can make getting larger or heavier items into the boot a bit of a chore.

Renault Megane interior space & storage

Storage-wise, the Megane has two cup-holders in the centre console and a good-sized under-armrest cubbyhole. There’s a pretty standard-sized cup-holder in each door, too, along with flock-lined door bins. The glovebox is just about big enough to hold a large water bottle.

For passengers, there’s plenty of knee and headroom in the back with the driver’s seat in a comfortable position, while we found the sporty driver’s seat in the GT Line to be particularly comfortable. It's also worth noting that even the E-Tech plug-in hybrid has enough head and legroom for six-foot tall adults to sit in tandem.

Boot space

The Megane has a usefully square boot and a 473-litre luggage capacity, which beats key rivals like the Volkswagen Golf (380 litres) and Vauxhall Astra (370 litres).

With the rear seats folded down, that total expands to 1,288 litres - against 1,210 litres for the Astra and a slightly larger 1,270 litres for the Golf. Disappointingly, the Megane has a pretty high boot lip, which makes getting large or heavy items in the car quite awkward. Boot space is also reduced slightly if an optional space-saver and Bose subwoofer are fitted.

Choose the E-Tech version, and the biggest sacrifice is boot space, which shrinks to a mere 308 litres. That should still be fine for most shopping trips but does mean there's less luggage space than in the smaller Renault Clio.

Towing

The petrol and 113bhp diesel-engined versions of the Megane can tow a braked trailer or caravan weighing up to 1,700kg, which is quite impressive for a family hatchback. However, the plug-in hybrid is expected to have a much lower limit.

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