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Review: Renault Megane

April 24, 2015

With rivalry in the shape of the Ford Focus and VW Golf, the Renault Megane has previously found itself drowning in a competitive class – prompting the quirky French brand to make some big changes in 2014. In today’s Renault Megane review, we’re taking a look at how this family-friendly car has upped its game and how it fares against its rivals. And if you’re looking for Renault finance, we can help you out there, too. Ready for the review? Let’s dive in.

Renault Megane

Original image by NRMA Motoring Services

Design

Starting with the exterior, the new Megane features a revised front bumper and comes with a sleek new grille. But despite recently overhauling its design and trimming down its engine options, some Renault Megane reviews argue that the hatch’s interior still feels dated. For the driver, the steering wheel has reach and rake, as well as plenty of seat adjustment – meaning it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a comfortable driving position. Moving to the back of the car, space is less generous as both leg and headroom are limited – and for those looking to cover long distances with passengers, the Ford Focus would be a more suitable option. With the rear seats folded flat, the boot boasts 405 litres of space, but practicality has never been Renault’s forte and everyday storage space is limited. Despite dividing opinion, the Megane definitely benefits from its stylish exterior updates and deserves its place on the family hatchback scene.

Performance & Handling

When it comes to performance, thanks to the well-weighted and responsive steering, the Renault Megane handles well and is also comfortable to drive – but it lacks the fun factor of other hatchbacks. In terms of mechanics, despite having fewer engines than its predecessor, not much else has changed. There are two petrol engines on offer: a 110bhp 1.6 litre and a slightly slower 1.2 litre TCe turbo engine. On the diesel front, the 1.5 litre unit manages a respectable 0-62mph time of 12.3 secs, while the punchy 1.6 litre gets there in under 10. Topping the range is the Renaultsport model. This 261bhp 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine sprints to 60mph in just 6 seconds – making it the fastest, most powerful performer in the range.

Features

Equipment across the Renault Megane range is generous, with even the entry-level Expression+ coming with alloy wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth and air-con as standard. Topping the range is the GT Nav which comes with sporty seats and a 5.8 inch Sat Nav system, but this spec will considerably bump up the Megane’s price tag. Across the range, digital and analogue buttons remain the same and can be fiddly and confusing, especially when driving.

Renault Megane Finance

Renault Megane interior

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services

With up to £1,200 off its previous price tag, the Renault Megane is looking more appealing than ever – starting at just £16,750. If you fancy getting your hands on this feat of French automobile engineering but don’t have the funds to finance it, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. Our range of Renault finance options come with payment plans tailored to your budget, meaning you could be on the road in your new Megane sooner than you think. If you want a no-fuss, instant estimate, check out our online car finance calculator today.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.