Renault Megane hatchback (2008-2016) - MPG, running costs & CO2
All engines offer strong performance and economy, but the diesels really shineAll engines offer strong performance and economy, but the diesels offered with the Renault Megane really shine
The Renault Megane range starts at around £17,000 and can cost almost £22,000 in higher specification with an automatic gearbox fitted. On average, this makes it cheaper to buy than the Ford Focus. However, at its most fuel-efficient, it beats the equivalent Focus by almost 3mpg.
Resale values aren't good – if you sell your Megane after three years of ownership, you could get as little as 35% of its original value back. The five-door Volkswagen Golf, in contrast, will likely retain 45-50%.
Renault Megane MPG and CO2
The cheapest Renault Megane to run is the 1.5-litre diesel. It can return fuel economy of 80.7mpg (when fitted with stop-start technology) and has CO2 emissions of just 90g/km, for free road tax. The more powerful 1.6-litre diesel claims fuel economy of 70.6mpg, while road tax is just £20 a year.
The best petrol engine is the 1.2-litre. It can return fuel economy of 53.3mpg and low CO2 emissions mean it'll cost just £30 a year to tax. In comparison, the old-fashioned 1.6-litre petrol can only return fuel economy of 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km for pricey road tax of £180 a year.
Renault Megane insurance
Insurance for all five-door Meganes should be cheap and ranges from group 13 for the 1.6-litre petrol to group 17 for the 1.6-litre diesel. Whether or not this works out cheaper to insure than rivals depends on how much power you're after. The Peugeot 308 starts at a modest group 9 for its low-powered entry-level 1.2, but its mid-range models are comparable to the Megane. It's a similar story for the Vauxhall Astra.
Renault Megane warranty
All new Renaults come with a four-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is better than the standard three-year warranties offered by Ford, Vauxhall and Peugeot.
Renault Megane servicing
If you buy the car through Renault's own finance scheme, it comes with the Renault 4+ pack. Worth up to £1,000, this includes four years of roadside assistance and four years of free servicing on top of the four-year warranty. This may prove very useful given Renault's sometimes-poor showings in customer satisfaction surveys.