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Renault Megane (2016–)

Last updated 17 May 2019

Excellent cabin quality, a superb (and massive) touchscreen infotainment setup, very well priced and equipped, surprisingly quiet diesel engines.
Lower specification models have a dull cabin, four-wheel steer can feel odd, GT model isn't very exciting.
Updated 17 May 2019

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Introduction

This fourth generation Renault Megane is the most evolutionary update Renault has ever given its family hatchback. The company plays things safer these days, aiming to avoid controversy and instead give buyers the sort of conservative solidity that makes the Volkswagen Golf so consistently popular. There's no backside-based advertising tomfoolery this time around.

The body is quite stunning - far better in real life than it photographs - but the interior doesn't quite follow suit. It does get better depending on how much you pay, though. A Megane in Dynamique+ spec or above is furnished with a delightful (and massive) 8.7-inch touchscreen in portrait orientation, similar to the one you’ll find in a Volvo XC90 or a Tesla. And unlike so many infotainment screens, this one is both pretty and easy to use.

Lower level Megane models make do with a smaller touchscreen, and the most basic get plain old-fashioned buttons. Imagine that. Thankfully the Megane gets the basics right. It has a highly adjustable seat and wheel, clear switchgear and low running costs. There’s a sense of solidity and quality inherent in the Megane that’s easily a match for the SEAT Leon – a family hatch that the Megane surpasses on the tech front too.

Options like a full colour head-up display, the aforementioned giant touchscreen, and four-wheel steering are things that a SEAT owner could only dream about, if he or she were so inclined. And even without that stuff, the entire driving experience is as refined and generally serene as you’d expect in a car the class above.

The range of engines is a demonstration of the gains being made generally in fuel efficiency - even the 205PS turbo engine of the GT model, which gets the car to 62mph in 7.1 seconds, emits just 134g/km of CO2. The 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre dCi units both put out just 96g/km CO2, returning averages of 76.4mpg and 68.9mpg respectively.

And so, equipped with one of the diesels and with a specification that includes the fancy media system, the Megane makes for a very reasonably priced hatchback with a modern look and feel. A solid car and a solid investment - very much like a Golf, but without being a Volkswagen. You’ve changed, Renault.

Renault Megane 2016 GT and 1.6 dCi Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
lovely smooth quite car
5
A return to form for Renault
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