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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

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’s just let down slightly by a high load lip that can make getting larger or heavier items into the boot a bit of a chore, but it generally compares well with rivals in this area.

Renault Megane interior space & storage

Storage-wise, the Megane has a couple of 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. 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.

Boot space

The Megane has a usefully square boot and a 384-litre luggage capacity, which just beats key rivals like the Volkswagen Golf (380 litres) and Vauxhall Astra (370 litres).

With the rear seats folded down, that total expands to 1,247 litres – as 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.

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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