Renault Megane (2008 – 2016) Review

Renault Megane (2008 – 2016) At A Glance


+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.

Insurance Groups are between 12–31
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure


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


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25–71 mpg

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What's the best car for £5,000 - £7,000?

"Can you recommend a comfortable, reliable and economical car for £5,000 - £7,000? The vehicle must handle long journeys of 600 miles on a regular basis. However, for the majority of the time I'll be doing short journeys and my partner (who recently passed the test) will also be driving the car (so it must be easy to drive and park). The road quality in my area is relatively poor so need something that can handle a few bumps. I've been browsing for a long time but struggling to find something that will fit the bill. I have considered mid-sized hatchbacks such as the Fiat Bravo, Renault Megane or Alfa Romeo Guilietta (although admittedly the latter mainly due to style over practicality). Can you recommend any other suitable vehicles? "
Avoid the Fiat Bravo and older versions of the Renault Megane and Alfa Romeo Guilietta - these cars are costly to fix and have a mixed reputation for reliability. I would also avoid diesel - older diesel cars are much more expensive to maintain than petrol (with DPF and EGR problems costing thousands to put right). If you want a compact and reliable hatch, the Toyota Yaris 1.3 petrol, Fiesta 1.25 petrol or Suzuki Switch 1.2 petrol would be my recommendations. If you need something larger, Honda Jazz or Honda Civic.
Answered by Dan Powell

How do I replace a lost car key?

"My son bought a Renault Megane as a runaround and has lost the key card. He only has the one and the car is locked. Can you help?"
The good news is that you can get a replacement. There are plenty of locksmiths that offer them (eg Personally, we haven't used them so ring round a couple and get prices (plus hidden costs) and try and look for some reviews on the internet.
Answered by Keith Moody

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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Can my insurer write off my car from an accident that wasn't my fault?

"I was rear ended a few weeks back and the other driver has admitted full liability. The damage to my car didn't look too bad and I had someone come out to take some pictures last week. I've had a call today to say my 2009 Renault Megane, probably worth around £5000, with low mileage and a nice body kit on it, has been deemed unworthy of repair. I can't see how the car was deemed unworthy of repair from a few pictures when it was just scratches, a cracked bumper and a broken front splitter. What can I do now? Do I have to accept that this is the case or are they liable to fix my car given that she has admitted full liability?"
Firstly, how are you claiming? Are you claiming through your own insurer or directly through the at fault party's insurance? You have different entitlements depending on how you make a claim. Your "lawful" entitlement for the loss you have sustained is here : Your best way to claim when it is not your fault, is to claim through an FCA regulated claims management company, or through a solicitor. Claiming through your own insurer or through the other parties insurer directly has it's pros and cons. Through your insurer, you are bound by contract but can complain through the Financial Ombudsman if you're not happy. If you claim through the at fault insurer directly, you have no contract and are not bound by any agreement. They should, but don't always, offer you your full lawful entitlement outlined above. Should things go wrong, you have no entitlement to complain to the FOS when dealing with the at fault insurer directly. The first point to make is do not agree to anything at this point. What is it you want? Do you want your car repairing or for it to be dealt with as total loss if you get the best settlement? Whom ever you are dealing with, ask them for a copy of their engineers report, or "their engineers version of their Audatex report", and if the repair costs are less than the market value, you can insist on it being repaired.
Answered by Tim Kelly
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