Review: Renault Megane (2008 – 2016)

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Soft riding, yet fine handling hatchback with superb steering. Improved for 2012 with new 1.2 TCe 115 petrol engine.

Less practical coupe is better looking. 220GT slower, less fuel efficient and higher CO2 than equivalent SEAT Leon Cupra.

Renault Megane (2008 – 2016): At A Glance


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What does a Renault Megane (2008 – 2016) cost?

List Price from £18,335
Buy new from £14,501
Contract hire from £180.72 per month

What's the Renault Megane (2008 – 2016) like to drive?

Most of the engines are carry-over belt cammers. But the 1.5 diesels are all under 121g/km and the 1.9 130 is a punchy goer.  Whats specially good about the car, apart from the looks (which grow on you), is what Renault has done underneath.

Its almost as if they rediscovered ride comfort. Like Ford did to the back of the FIAT 500 to turn it into the Ka, theyve softened the springs and increased the roll stiffness.

And here they have been even more clever than Ford because, instead of welding an extra bar into the U shaped twist-bean, they have made the beam into an almost square section tube, which is lighter.

They also worked very hard on the steering. Not only is the rack built into the front suspension subframe, the sensitivity of the electric motor assistance has been hugely improved by some very clever software.

Unlike a lot of cars these days, including some versions of the new Fiesta, you can feel through the steering exactly what each of the cars four road wheels are doing.

Show it a bumpy road (which we did) and the soft suspension simply soaks up all the ridges and potholes. Even on the 205/55 R16 tyres out top of the range Privilege came on. (Lesser Meganes come fitted with 195/65 R15s, like my Focus Econetic.)

Naturally, on corners, it isnt the sharpest pencil in the box. It does eventually understeer. But it under full control and the informative steering tells you exactly when to wind off a bit of lock and keep mother in law in the back seat happy. I guess one word to describe the handling is squishy, without intending to be in the least bit derogatory. If you prefer ride comfort to race-car handling, as I do, this car gives you the best combination in its class you can buy.

Other pleasing aspects of the car are a decent 372 litre boot, with extra space under the floor. Proper fold-down rear seats creating a rear warehouse capable of absorbing 1,129 litres of luggage. A really nice looking dashboard, well made, with pleasing materials. Sensational optional line-of-sight satnav. A decent digital speedo bang in front of you. Bump-strips nicely blended in at the bases of the doors. And a general feeling of quality that, like the Laguna coupe, is worthy of something from Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

The story of whats under the bonnet is not quite over. Because as well as the 2.0 130TCE, theres a 1.4 130TCE on the way with 190Nm torque, that I guess will eventually replace the 110PS 1.6. Theres also a CVT automatic to come. A 150PS diesel torquer converter automatic. And a 160PS diesel manual 6-speeder.

A surprise to some is that, though Renault is French, like the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, the VW Polo and a whole heap of Fords, the Megane is actually Spanish. Its built at Palencia, north of Madrid, not so far from where Fernando Alonso comes from. And they seem to have applied the same attention to detail to the production process as they have for the new Laguna at Sandouville. Previous Franco-Spanish productions worked very well indeed, so theres no reason why their Carmen shouldnt get together. (At least I think Bizet was French.)

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 TCe 53 mpg 10.9 s 119 g/km
1.2 TCe 130 50–52 mpg 9.7–9.8 s 124–129 g/km
1.2 TCe Stop/Start 53 mpg 10.9 s 119 g/km
1.4 TCe 43–45 mpg 9.6 s 145–153 g/km
1.5 dCi 81 mpg 12.1 s 90–93 g/km
1.5 dCi 106 63 mpg 10.9 s 120 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 64 mpg 10.9 s 114 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 Automatic 67 mpg 11.7 s 109 g/km
1.5 dCi 160 48 mpg 8.5 s 155 g/km
1.5 dCi 86 64 mpg 12.9 s 115 g/km
1.5 dCi 90 64–71 mpg 12.5–12.9 s 104–115 g/km
1.5 dCi Automatic 67 mpg 11.7 s 104 g/km
1.5 dCi ECO 67–81 mpg 12.1–12.3 s 90–109 g/km
1.5 dCi ECO Automatic 67 mpg 11.7 s 110 g/km
1.5 dCi EDC 67 mpg 11.7 s 104 g/km
1.6 40–42 mpg 10.5–10.9 s 155–163 g/km
1.6 dCi 71 mpg 9.8 s 104 g/km
1.9 dCi 55–71 mpg 9.5–9.8 s 104–135 g/km
2.0 220 39 mpg 7.6 s 167 g/km
2.0 CVT 37 mpg 10.3 s 175 g/km
2.0 dCi 50 mpg 8.5 s 150 g/km
2.0 dCi 160 48 mpg 8.5 s 155 g/km
2.0 dCi 165 50 mpg 8.5 s 145 g/km
2.0 dCi Automatic 43 mpg 9.2 s 175 g/km
2.0 TCe 37–37 mpg 7.8 s 178 g/km

Real MPG average for a Renault Megane (2008 – 2016)

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25–71 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Renault Megane (2008 – 2016)?

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Why did the sunroof of my car shatter without warning?

Have you come across many cases of sunroofs shattering for no apparent reason whilst driving? This happened to my 2015 Renault Megane recently. The roof was closed at the time and I was travelling at 50mph - not a hot day. Now faced with bill to replace. Renault not interested in contributing.
A few times, yes. Happened to me twice. It seems to be 'without warning' but it's actually because a stress fracture has set up unnoticed that weakens the glass, then, because it's actually a structural part of the car, running over a speed hump or pothole or anything that flexes the body then shatters the sunroof.
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