Renault Megane (2016) Review

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Renault Megane (2016) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

New prices start from £17,715
Insurance Groups are between 14–27
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

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.

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Real MPG average for a Renault Megane (2016)

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Average performance

73%

Real MPG

28–66 mpg

MPGs submitted

74

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Can you suggest a family car for London and occasional longer drives?
"We have a maximum budget of £14,000 for a reliable, used SUV or estate with good economy and lots of space. We were originally drawn to the Renault Kadjar having hired them a few times, liking the panoramic roof, the great sound system, driving comfort and huge boot. But living in London we really want to avoid diesel cars. The real MPG/economy of the petrol Kadjar engines raised concerns. Ok for driving around London but worried the much longer runs to we regularly do would cost more than other more economical cars. We're finding it difficult to find something that fits our needs. Thanks."
It's a tricky one, but don't write off a diesel Kadjar. It might make sense, as long as you take it for a good run every 300 miles or so for the diesel particulate filter (DPF) to regenerate. It'll be ULEZ compliant and more efficient than a petrol on your trips further afield. If you do want a petrol, you'll probably have to swallow worse fuel economy. An estate like the Skoda Octavia might be a good compromise. You could also look at a Volkswagen Golf estate if you'd prefer a slightly plusher interior. Also look at the Renault Megane.
Answered by Andrew Brady
How long is it reasonable to wait for a replacement car?
"My Renault Megane was damaged in a car accident in February 2018 and treated as a write off March 2018. I was advised that a like for like replacement vehicle would be delivered to me within 8 - 10 weeks. It is now approaching 20 weeks and neither the insurance company or designated car supplier are returning my emails or calls. Is this length of time for a replacement normal and what can I do about it as being car less is a major disruption for me?"
The delay is likely down to the imposition of EU6d TEMP / WLTP emissions regs from 1st September 2018 and subsequently RDE emissions regs from September 2019. It has caught a lot of manufacturers out because reducing NOx tends to increase CO2 and if a manufacturer's corporate averaged CO2 exceeds 130g/km over a year the manufacturer gets fined. Raise a complaint with the insurer and contact the Financial Ombudsman Service to complain about these time scales and the cost incurred for being carless. Advise the insurer you wish to raise a chief executive complaint. If the car is not available, it does not come as a surprise, but they should be updating you, or making alternative suggestions or arrangements.
Answered by Tim Kelly
What's causing the heavy start on my Renault Megane?
"I've just bought a Renault Megane 1.6 petrol. When I start the engine, it starts but loses power at first. It needs a bit of accelerating to keep the engine running. I have changed the spark plugs already, but the problem still persists. Can anyone help with a bit of advice?"
Not sure what year but have assumed 2003 onwards. Would suggest that you remove and clean the throttle body (the throttle valve gets stuck because of deposits in the throttle body). This is a known fault on this engine.
Answered by Alan Ross
I do 15,000 miles per year - should I buy a diesel or hybrid to get the best economy and least trouble?
"I'm currently running a 2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus 2.0 TDI that I've had for almost five trouble-free years. It'll be at 90,000 miles soon and I think I should get out before I have to spend money on it. I'm considering another diesel because of the way I use the car and I don't think I can stretch to something like the Peugeot 2008 with the 1.2 PureTech engine. Thinking of a used Honda Civic or a Renault Megane 1.6. Have these newer engines done away with any of the problems relating to DPFs? I do 15 - 16,000 miles a year, no short journeys and want to keep the car for around five years. My other thought was a Toyota Auris hybrid. Do these achieve good mpg over a mix of A-roads and motorways?"
I ran a Honda HR-V with Honda's 1.6 i-DTEC for a year and 12,000 miles and got nearly 60mpg and no trouble. Currently running a Kadjar with Renault's 1.6 dCi 130 but 4WD and getting nearly 50mpg. But the Kadjar does occasionally need to regenerate quite dramatically. I got 63mpg delivering a 2010 Auris hybrid 300 miles, so reckon on 50-60mpg from one of them with no DPF trouble.
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