- Efficient diesel engines
- Solid build quality
- Spacious boot
- Not as fun to drive as rivals
- Feels a little dated
- Not the most refined
Good-looking, efficient family hatchback
The Renault Megane, first introduced in 1995, is one of the most popular and recognisable family hatchbacks. Today the Megane finds itself in a sector with some very tough competition. Over recent years, sales figures have lagges some way behind the best-selling Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, and the Hyundai i30. This has made the Megane a left-field option, but thankfully it is a very good one. The Megane is stylish, practical, and features some impressively efficient engines.
An update in 2012 featured a facelift, improving the design of the front end, whilst also improving safety.
Good quality interior, and lots of storage space
The interior of the Megane is one area in which it performs pretty well. It’s not the most stylish, nor is it as well-built as a Golf, but it’s still pretty impressive. There’s also one of the biggest boots in the class, which is sure to attract family buyers.
The dashboard of the Megane is one that today feels a little bit on the dated side. Compare it with the contemporary Ford Focus, or the classy VW Golf, and it feels a little disappointing. Nevertheless, quality is impressive throughout. Classy soft-touch materials are used across the dash, and everything feels like it’s built to last.
Storage space is one area in which the Megane impresses. With a 405 litre boot capacity, it’s bigger than the VW Golf (380 litres), the Ford Focus (316 litres), and the Vauxhall Astra (370 litres). That makes the Megane one of the most practical family hatchbacks currently on sale. The boot is also a good shape, and features a low loading lip, making it even more practical.
Equipment levels in the Megane are also pretty impressive. Even the entry-level Expression+ trim comes with electric windows, air-con, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, and a USB connection. There’s pretty impressive for an entry-level trim, and few buyers will need more than this in their daily steed.
Overall the interior of the Megane is pretty impressive. Build quality in the cabin is impressive, and whilst it might not feature the most modern design, the Megane boasts one of the biggest boots in the class, as well as generous standard kit.
Easy to drive, but not the most fun
The Renault Megane is a car that’s incredibly easy to drive. It might not be as much fun as a Ford Focus, but most people will have few complaints. There’s plenty of grip in the corners, and steering is accurate. Unfortunately it offers very little feedback, so whilst it’s certainly easy to drive, it’s not a car that’s suited to twisty country roads.
Suspension and Chassis
The chassis and suspension setup in the Megane is quite stiff, so ride quality is a little unrefined. It’s quite bumpy over potholes and rough surfaces, and even struggles in town. Wind and road noise can also be quite intrusive, particularly at higher speeds, so the Megane isn’t the best motorway cruiser in its class.
Gearbox options in the Megane come in four guises. At the entry-level to the range is a five-speed manual, that is quite vague, and isn’t particularly suited to motorway driving. Next up is a six speed manual that is most common, this again offers a vague gear change, but offers more flexibility. There’s also a six speed automatic available as an optional extra, with a seven speed automatic finishing off the range.
A good mix of performance, eco-friendly, and efficient engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Megane, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s no hybrid or electric option, but there’s still a super efficient diesel that will please environmentally-conscious buyers.
If it’s power that you want from your Megane, the standout engine in the range is the petrol-powered 2.0 litre GT. This engine produces 220bhp, and will fly you from 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds. It’s not as fast as the most powerful hot hatches, but it is an awful lot of cheaper, and there are few cars that offer quite so much bang for your buck.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pleased to know that the Megane range is pretty green. The standout engine in the range is the diesel-powered 1.5 dCi, which produces just 90g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s amongst the best in the class, so you can take comfort from the fact that you won’t be harming the planet too much. This model is also the best for money savers, as not only will you get free road tax, you’ll also get up to an incredible 80.7mpg. Money saved on road tax. Tick. Money saved on fuel. Tick.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Megane you’re going to get a relatively clean, efficient engine. It varies from model to model, but there’s an engine for everyone in the range. The eco-friendly diesel is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch though.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, good safety equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Megane easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 88% in adult safety, 87% in child safety, and 71% in pedestrian safety, the Megane is safer than the Vauxhall Astra, and the Nissan Pulsar, but not quite as safe as the Toyota Corolla, or the Peugeot 308. There’s also plenty of safety kit as standard with the Megane, as you’ll get six airbags, and electronic stability control, even with the most basic models.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Renault Megane represents excellent value for money for drivers. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking CO2 levels are reasonable throughout the range, making road tax good value, and fuel efficiency is impressive, particularly on diesel models. The high-powered 220bhp petrol is one to avoid for true money savers though.
Insurance costs in the Megane are also pretty reasonable. Insurance groups are pretty similar to what you’d find in equivalent rivals. The Megane range starts in group 13 for the 1.6 16V Expression, and ranges up to group 31 for the top of the range 2.0 TCE GT Nav.
Depreciation is a factor with the Megane, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Renault Megane is a great value family hatchback. It’s not quite as complete as a Ford Focus or a Volkswagen Golf, but it does represent excellent value for money. It’s good to drive, features one of the biggest boots in its class, and has some impressive engines. It really is a solid left-field option.
Buying a used Renault Megane online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Renault Megane for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Megane. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Renault Megane online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Renault? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Renault Megane, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Megane, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Renault to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.