Our Megane is finished in the stunning Steel Blue Metallic paint with the well presented "Dakota" 16 inch alloy wheels. The Expression+ trim is well equipped with all the modern day necessities and that same stylish design. The boot is very practical and really shows that the Megane is not just style over substance. The 384 litre boot is very spacious with clever features to fully utilize the space on offer. This same mentality continues into the cabin of the car with Isofix anchoring points provided on the rear bench to secure younger children. Electric windows and child locks are also provided in the rear of the vehicle on this trim for full piece of mind. The media system within this Expression+ model is easy to use and well positioned, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road. Bluetooth, USB and AUX connections are all provided for your mobile, keeping you connected whilst on the move, with finger tip controls found on the wheel for convenience. If you decide to take the punchy 1.2 TCE engine onto the motorway then you will love the Cruise Control and Speed Limiter which is standard fit on this car. It allows you to relax into the supportive seats and stay refreshed all the way to your destination.
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Our Megane is finished in the stunning Steel Blue Metallic paint with the well presented "Dakota" 16 inch alloy wheels. The Expression+ trim is well equipped with all the modern day necessities and that same stylish design. The boot is very practical and really shows that the Megane is not just style over substance. The 384 litre boot is very spacious with clever features to fully utilize the space on offer. This same mentality continues into the cabin of the car with Isofix anchoring points provided on the rear bench to secure younger children. Electric windows and child locks are also provided in the rear of the vehicle on this trim for full piece of mind. The media system within this Expression+ model is easy to use and well positioned, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road. Bluetooth, USB and AUX connections are all provided for your mobile, keeping you connected whilst on the move, with finger tip controls found on the wheel for convenience. If you decide
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One of Renault's most important models, the Megane, has been significantly updated in a bit to attract customer attention in the Golf and Focus family hatchback segment. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.
Renault's fourth generation Megane family hatchback is now a smarter proposition - in more ways than one. If you're shopping for something Focus or Astra-shaped in this segment, it'll probably no longer be one of the first cars you'll immediately think of, but this improved version of the MK4 model is clever, sensible and very good looking, with extra sophistication inside - and under the bonnet, where E-TECH plug-in hybrid tech is now offered at the top of the range. In short, it might surprise you.
Ordinary family cars can no longer be... well, ordinary. People want polish these days, a smarter feel and hi-tech features that make them feel pampered and premium. Which means that in the Focus-sized family hatchback segment, they may well find themselves looking at models like this one, Renault's rejuvenated fourth generation Megane. With the French maker's position as one of Europe's biggest car makers severely under threat and a slimmed-down range of conventional models forced upon dealers by this brand's commitment to electric power, it's hard to over-state this Megane's importance if you happen to run a showroom with the yellow-backed silver diamond above the door. Hence the efforts Renault has gone to improve it, smartening the look, improving media connectivity and adding in a clever Plug-in hybrid E-TECH variant. All of this is crucial, for in the Golf and Focus family hatchback segment, this Renault has to take on and try and beat some of the very best cars you can buy. Can it? Let's find out.
This fourth generation Megane's switch to a fresh CMF platform helped a lot in improving its dynamic responses but mainstream versions of this car still prioritise lowering your heartbeat rather than raising it. Ride quality is one of this car's most competitive traits. The engine options in the volume part of range are very simple, both four cylinder units: there's either a 1.3-litre petrol powerplant with 140hp. Or a 1.5-litre Blue dCi diesel with 115hp. Both can be had with either 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission. Renault also offers an E-TECH plug-in hybrid variant which sees a 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to two electric motors and a multi-mode clutch-less transmission. The system puts out 160hp (around 20hp more than the equivalent plug-in package that Kia offers) and features a 9.8kWh, 400V battery that allows a range of about 30 miles; plus the ability to travel at up to 84mph, on electric power alone. The only other variant in the range beyond this is the Renaultsport R.S. hot hatch, which uses a 1.8-litre turbo petrol unit now uprated to 300hp in standard form, a state of tune previously limited to the track-ready 'Trophy' version (which continues). Again, there's a choice of manual or auto (paddleshift) transmission. With most more ordinary Meganes, you can order the brand's 'Multi-Sense' driving modes system, one of those able to alter steering feel, throttle response, stability control settings and auto gearchange timings to suit the way you want to drive. Heck it even changes the engine note in an effort to put you in a sportier mood.
As before, this car comes in Hatch and Sports Tourer estate guises and has been only subtly updated as part of this fourth generation design's facelift. The first thing you'd notice if you were familiar with the original version of this MK4 model is the headlights, no longer of the old fashioned halogen variety but now of the Renault 'LED Pure Vision' type, with beams that increase the beam range by nearly 30%. The front fog lamps and rear tail lamps are also now LED-powered. Plus there's a redesigned front bumper, chrome-trimmed fog light surrounds, extra air deflectors, dynamic 'scrolling' indicators and a more pronounced front wing design. Inside, there's a new vertical 9.3-inch centre-dash infotainment screen in top variants (it's 7-inches in size in lesser versions). With its new Renault EASYLINK connected multimedia system, it offers a wide-range of multimedia, navigation and infotainment services, as well as Multi-Sense settings. Top variants also get a 10-inch digital instrument cluster display. And a rim-less electrochromic rear view mirror. Plus there centre console controls have been restyled. Otherwise, it's the usual Megane recipe. A couple of adults can be accommodated reasonably comfortably on the back seat. And boot space in the Hatch is rated at 434-litres (impressively this figure is unaffected by the PHEV installation). This rises to 1,247-litres with the rear bench folded. The Sport Tourer model has a 580-litre boot.
Prices aren't much different from before, so think in terms of a range between £19,000 and £30,000 for mainstream versions, with a premium of around £1,500 required if you want to move from the five-door Hatch to the Sport Tourer estate. A big showroom draw is this revised model's latest 9.3-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with its 'Easy Link' media connectivity which offers a wide-range of multimedia, navigation and infotainment services, as well as Multi-Sense drive mode settings. This screen comes in three forms - 7-inch; 7-inch with navigation; and 9.3-inches. All are compatible with 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone-mirroring. Safety provision, as usual on a Renault, is complete. Across the range, all models get an 'Active Emergency Braking System with Pedestrian Detection, plus there's Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist. Blind Spot Warning and Driver drowsiness protection are either optional or fitted as standard further up the range. Other features include the optional Park Assist, reversing camera, Easy Park Assist, cruise-controller with speed limiter, automatic high-beam assist headlights and Traffic Sign Recognition. Plus the optional adaptive cruise control set-up now has a 'Stop & Go' system built in so that if you come across a motorway tailback, it'll seamlessly bring you to a stop and start you off again.
Let's get to the WLTP figures - which here assume base trim. The TCe 140 petrol model manages up to 46.3mpg and 137g/km in manual form (or 44.1mpg and 144g/km as an auto). The Blue dCi 115 diesel manages up to 62.8mpg and 119g/km in manual form (or up to 58.9mpg and 130g/km as an auto). As for the E-TECH Plug-in hybrid, well that can offer a 30 mile WLTP-rated all-electric driving range: that rises to around 40 miles on the urban cycle. You can select an additional 'B' mode via the auto gearstick to increase regenerative braking energy harvesting. Like all PHEVs, this one can offer three-figure combined cycle economy and a super-low CO2 emissions figure - in this case less than 40g/km. Which in turn will mean a far lower BiK tax rating than the one which would apply to a conventional petrol or diesel Megane. Enough to justify this PHEV model's price premium? That'll depend on your tax situation. Charging time via a Type 2 (mode 3) cable is 3 hours - or 4 hours 15 mins from a domestic socket. Another aspect of purchase that should please you lies in the fact that you won't be fobbed off with the basic three year / 60,000 mile warranty that most rivals offer. All Meganes come with a much more complete four-year / 100,000-mile warranty that includes emergency breakdown recovery. There's also three years' worth of European cover as part of this package.
Renault had to step up its game and significantly improve its fourth generation Megane. It has. At last, the company seems to be focusing on selling cars the UK really wants. Will this improved version of the MK4 Megane be one of them? Well, it's certainly now a much more credible alternative to the usual Astra and Focus-class choices in the family hatchback segment. The question is though, whether buyers in this segment who might have already dismissed this Megane out of hand will take another look at its much improved proposition. They'd do well to consider it. This may not be the European market leader it was a decade or so ago but it remains roomy, quiet, safe and pleasantly plush, even in entry-level form. In other words, a compact family five-door that ticks an awful lot of boxes. And one an awful lot of people we think, would rather enjoy owning....
By Jonathan Crouch
By 2014, Renault's third generation Megane was getting a little old, having been on sale since 2008. However, it still had two years to live, so the French brand gave the car one last update to last it through the final couple of years of its life in MK3 model guise. In this final form, this Gallic family hatchback was a smarter proposition - in more ways than one. If you're shopping for something Focus or Astra-shaped in the used car family hatchback segment, it probably won't be one of the first cars you'll immediately think of but it still offers a very complete all-round package that's difficult to ignore.
5dr hatchback/estate (1.2, 1.6 petrol, 1.5, 1.6 diesel [Expression+, Knight Edition, Dynamique Tom Tom, GT Line])
When the final version of the third generation Renault Megane reached the company's dealer showrooms early in 2014, it was in a period of turmoil for the French maker. The brand had gambled on a range of full-electric models and that outlay was taking a long while to pay off. Worse, the expenditure had forced the Gallic brand to compromise its development budget a little, hence the fact that the third generation Megane, first introduced in 2008, had still to represent the company in Europe's most important family hatchback buying segment. This model had already been heavily revised once, in 2012 when it got fresh engine choices and a range of styling tweaks. In this later version, the looks were further tweaked and specifications enhanced. The changes lasted the MK3 model through to the end of its life at the end of 2015.
The styling of the original 2008 version of this MK3 Megane wasn't especially memorable, but it was essentially quite smart, with a strong dynamic stance thanks to particularly short front and rear overhangs. So not too much of a nip and tuck was needed back in 2014 to bring it up to date. Here, we're looking mainly at the five-door hatchback and Sport Tourer estate models. By this time, the saloon model had been dropped from the range. The coupe and coupe-cabriolet variants we'll cover in separate reports. In terms of the hatch version most will be looking at, well we always quite liked the front end, with its racy crease lines sweeping down from the A-pillars across the sculpted bonnet and the neat way the wipers are concealed beneath the bonnet line. The changes made in 2014 gave this front section a more contemporary look, with a prominent bold Renault logo set against a gloss background and flanked by restyled streamlined elliptical headlamps and LED daytime running lights that stretch along the outer edges of the revised bumper, extending the fluid contours of the air intakes and adding to the purposeful look. Move along the side past the restyled alloy wheels and you might struggle to see the 'Latin influence' Renault reckoned was at work here but there's a strong coupe-like look and a feature line that at the rear is picked up by the two-piece light clusters. You're more likely though, to remember the cabin of this car, if only because of the rather odd digital speedometer/analogue rev counter instrument arrangement most models offered - though not the up-market sporty variants, which got a more conventional set of dials. There's no issue with the quality of fixtures and fittings that were decently screwed together by the Spanish Palencia factory: the soft-touch finish on the dashboard cowling for example that's resistant to daily use and the ageing effects of sunlight. And the well-chosen selection of trim and materials that's especially nice on plusher variants. The important thing to note is that you don't have to pay for an expensive version for your Megane to feel smartly turned out. And that's a major advantage this Renault has over competitors from Volkswagen and Ford. It's certainly very comfortable at the wheel, thanks to reach and rake adjustment for the steering wheel and a wider range of seat height adjustment than any other car in the class from this era can offer. Rear three-quarter visibility could be better though. Because this car was designed primarily for lefthand drive markets, the fusebox takes up half the glovebox space but otherwise, there's plenty of practicality around the cabin, with under-floor stowage compartments and door bins designed to carry a one-litre bottle. Dominating the upper middle part of the dash is the display screen for the Carminat Tom Tom sat nav system most new car owners wanted. With this revised model, they also had the option of building into it the brand's clever R-Link infotainment system with an upgraded 7-inch display that offered more sophisticated route guidance as well as an Eco Driving menu and various downloadable apps. We like the way this screen is so versatile, showing anything from uploadable family pictures to weather reports. And there are features like voice recognition, email access and text-to-speech functionality. Thanks to a long 2.64m wheelbase, interior space was always a selling point of this design, something you especially appreciate from a seat in the rear. Renault reckoned that three fully sized adults would be perfectly comfortable here - though we'd doubt that if the journey were to be very long. Still, no car in this class can properly accommodate three burly people at the back: should that be required, they'll be better off in this Megane than they would be in many other models in this segment. And three kids will be quite comfortable. Luggage is well-served too. Though it has quite a high lip, the 372-litre boot is one of the largest and best shaped in the class from this era, offering 56-litres more than you'd get in a comparable Focus and 21-litres more than you'd get in an Astra. If you get a car on which the original buyer didn't specify the preferable extra-cost spare wheel, there's 33-litres of under-floor storage too. Even with the spare fitted though, the cargo area is certainly able to swallow a couple of family suitcases and two overnight bags with ease - though folding the rear seats down to increase cargo capacity could be a simpler process. The reason for that though is that the seat folding process is a bit better thought out than with most cars in this segment. Normally, all that happens on a car like this is that you flop the rear seatback onto the base - but that doesn't leave you with a flat cargo bay. Here, you can pull up the seat base too and push it forward, so that the seatback can lie level. It makes a big difference - especially when you're trying to get in something big, square and heavy like a fridge or a chest of drawers. It also means that though the capacity revealed is one of the smaller totals in this class - 1,129-litres - you'd still be able to see this car as one of the more practical choices in its sector. If that's not enough, the Sports Tourer estate version offers 524-litres of space beneath the rear parcel shelf and the option of folding the back seats down to free up 1,600-litres.
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The Megane's powerplants have a good reliability record but customer satisfaction surveys show the Renault still has some way to go to approach the class best when it comes to reliability of electronics and servicing costs. The cabins look great when new but after surveying a few used examples, some of the dash materials can look a little scratched quite easily. As a result, it'll help if you make sure the car you're looking at is in perfect condition. Check for crash damage, make sure kids haven't damaged the rear upholstery or seat backs and ensure that sunroofs, central locking and alarms all work.
(based on a 2014 Megane 1.2 TCe - ex Vat) You'll need to budget around are around £130 per corner for tyres, while a clutch assembly is £230. Front brake pads are £45 a set with the rears costing £35.
There's nothing especially sophisticated about this car under the skin, so it probably won't come as too much of a surprise if we tell you that there's nothing especially remarkable about the driving experience it offers. It lacks the clever multi-link rear suspension set-up that you get on a Focus - but then so do rivals like Vauxhall's Astra and Peugeot's 308. Lower-order Volkswagen Golfs and SEAT Leons are no cleverer when it comes to damping either. What's important here is that Renault's engineers made the most of what they had and, as anyone who's driven a Megane Renaultsport model will tell you, it's amazing what they can draw from what on paper seems like an unpromising set of mechanical ingredients. Detailed tweaks made to this MK3 model Megane in its later years included a revised front suspension/subframe arrangement to improve directional precision and a rear suspension set-up tuned to produce a more responsive, agile ride, as well as offer improved cornering. Sportier-trimmed variants, like the GT Line version, claimed to take that a little further by using the same slightly stiffer set-up used in the three-door Megane Coupe. But none of it gives this car the Renaultsport feeling. Nor should it. Most buyers in this segment don't want to drive on their door handles. Talk to the engineers and you discover that many of the later MK3 model Megane dynamic improvements were qualified by the need to preserve the ride comfort, refinement and ease of use that existing owners so appreciated. Perhaps that's why the supposedly more responsive electric power steering system of this revised model still lacked feel. At least that makes this Renault easy to use around town. The main development focus with this car centred around making it very easy to drive. Everything - steering, pedals, gearchange - is all very light, something you'll either like or you won't. The same comment also applies to the rather incongruous-looking but very clear instrument arrangement with its digital speedometer and analogue rev counter. If you plan to take on the likes of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308, you need to come equipped with a lot of engine choices and this post-2014 model Megane was better provided for in that department. The petrol unit of choice, the 1.2-litre TCe, was available in two guises, the existing 115bhp manual model joined by a pokier 130bhp variant that was only offered with the brand's twin clutch EDC automatic gearbox. The 1.2 TCe was the first Renault petrol powerplant to use direct fuel injection and turbocharging to gain fuel-efficient performance. This was yet another example of engine down-sizing in this segment, following the success of Ford's 1.0-litre Focus EcoBoost models. As in that case, the objective here was to provide the performance of a 2.0-litre petrol unit allied the fuel economy of a diesel, but because Renault stuck with a four cylinder layout rather than switching to three cylinders, you don't get the buzzy thrum under power you'd find in the Ford. You don't get quite the same fuel and CO2 returns either but this particular variant can still manage a vast improvement over the aging 1.6-litre 16v petrol engine that continued to prop up the Megane petrol range. And offer a driving experience that's much nicer. Thanks to a 40Nm torque hike over the 1.6, the pulling power's greater - and more accessible, with 90% of the 190Nm on offer in the 115bhp model available from just 1,600rpm, so you don't have to row the thing along with the gear lever. Sixty two mph is 10.9s away from rest en route to 118mph. Go for the automatic 1.2 TCe 130 EDC variant and those figures improve to 9.7s and 124mph. Ultimately though, for diesel-like pulling power, you really need a diesel and the vast majority of MK3 model Megane customers tended to opt for this car in 1.5-litre form. The 1.5-litre dCi 110 unit was Renault's best-selling global engine in this period and post-2014 model Megane customers who selected it could choose between two versions: a manual model with Stop & Start or an automatic EDC variant. Either way, a 20% increase in pulling power meant that there was at least 260Nm of torque on offer, enough to get you to 62mph in around 12s on the way to 118mph. Should that not be sufficient in your five-door Megane Hatch or Sport Tourer estate, then one other key diesel choice remains - the impressive 1.6 dCi 130 unit. This was one of the best diesels of the period and was a good choice for towers, with a useful 320Nm of torque meaning a sub-10s rest to sixty time on the way to 124mph.
Renault's third generation Megane is good value on the used car market - which could well mean that your budget might well stretch to one of the last post-2014 model variants we've been looking at here. If so, you'll get yourself a well equipped comfort-orientated family hatch that offers a lot of car for the money. It really is a very credible alternative to the usual Astra and Focus-class choices in the family hatchback segment. In the lower reaches of the range, driving comfort takes priority over driving dynamics, but that's probably as it should be. Further up the line-up though, you can really feel a touch of Renaultsport magic in the way this car attacks a twisting road. Overall, this car is roomy, quiet, safe and pleasantly plush, even in entry-level form. In other words, a compact family five-door that ticks an awful lot of boxes. And one an awful lot of people we think, would rather enjoy owning..
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