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Renault Megane Dynamique

The most desirable version of Renault's family hatchback is the Renault Megane Dynamique TomTom, which boasts reasonable list prices and a decent level of standard equipment.

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As the name suggests, the Renault Megane Dynamique TomTom comes with built-in sat nav. Also standard in the Megane hatchback are 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, climate control, LED daytime running lamps, keyless go and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

There is a choice of four engines, kicking off with the entry-level 109bhp 1.6-litre petrol that averages 40.9mpg. A wiser investment might be the 113bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which offers more power from low revs and far better fuel consumption of 53.3mpg.

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If you rack up high mileages on a regular basis, the diesel make more sense – there’s the choice of two - a 109bhp 1.5-litre that averages an impressive 80.7mpg, and a more powerful 128bhp 1.6-litre that still returns 70.6mpg.

Good points

In a competitive class, the Megane has to be special to stand out and, to some extent it does. It’s a good value all-rounder that, instead of focusing on beating the class leaders in the driving department, concentrates its efforts on being more comfort orientated.We suggest you avoid the Renault Megane GT-Line model, as that car has stiffer suspension for a sportier drive, which harms comfort.The Renault Megane also remains a practical choice with a large boot and one that should be cheap to run thanks to engines like the 1.5-litre dCi diesel that can average over 80mpg. Factor in the free servicing and long warranty and its easy to make a good case for the French hatchback.

Bad points

It might be comfortable over lumps and bumps, but those who like to drive for fun will crave the responsive steering a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf delivers.The 109bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine is best avoided as it feels sluggish, while the turbocharged 1.2-litre is much more lively and offers lower running costs.Quality is also a weak point compared to the VW Golf or SEAT Leon, especially where the TomTom built-in sat nav is fitted – looking like an afterthought and feeling a little crude to use.The Renault Megane also doesn’t hold its value like a Volkswagen Golf, so make sure you to remember to haggle on price if buying new.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Auto climate control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • Cruise control
  • Sat nav
  • Automatic wipers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Metallic paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Height adjustable seats

Our choice

The sweet spot in the Renault Megane range is the 1.2-litre TCe turbocharged petrol engine, which feels smooth but fast, while also returning 53mpg.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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