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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For It's a comfortable, stylish cruiser

Against It's not terribly exciting to drive and the boot is small

Verdict Looks great, but it's no sports car. And, it's impractical, too

Go for… 2.0 dCi 150 Dynamique

Avoid… 1.6 VVT 111 Extreme

Renault Megane CC
  • 1. Make sure you check all controls and switches are working - especially the hi-tech roof
  • 2. The Megane is a four-seater, but if the people in the front are six-footers, there’s not much room in the back
  • 3. Base Extreme models miss out on air-con, so we'd go for a Dynamique instead
  • 4. There are reports of excessive tyre wear on cars with 17-inch wheels
  • 5. With the roof down, the boot is only just big enough for a few small bags
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Renault Megane CC full review with expert trade views

The CC uses the electrically folding metal roof concept made famous by the Mercedes Benz SLK, and is far more civilised than the old soft-top Megane convertible.

The Megane is a four-seater, but if the driver and front-seat passenger are six-footers, there’s not much room in the back. Likewise, with the roof down, the boot is only big enough for a few small bags.

Don’t think of this Megane as a sports coupe that can change into a sports convertible at the press of a button, though. The Megane CC is a cruiser, with the emphasis on comfort rather than excitement.

Try to hustle it down twisty country roads and you’ll be disappointed. There’s a fair amount of body lean through corners, and when the roof’s down, bad road surfaces cause the whole car to shudder.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Shortage of supply new means that there are many parallel imports around. Holds value well

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

The CC got more engines than its predecessor - including diesels for the first time. There was a mild face-lift in 2006, which improved the engines and added some cosmetic tweaks.

The entry 1.6 petrol is too small, but the 2.0-litre petrol, or 1.9-litre diesel with either 106bhp or 130bhp, are much better. If you want to really move, the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit is good. However the 2.0-litre 150bhp diesel option is probably the best all-round choice, if you can stretch to it.

There is a four-speed auto option on the 130bhp diesel, but it’s expensive and noticeably dents fuel economy. The more powerful engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but the five-speed ’box on lesser models is more satisfying to use.

Base Extreme models miss out on air-con, so we'd look out Dynamique models. Top-spec Privilege comes with climate control, CD changer and part-leather interior.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Values on the increase, diesel very pricey 1.6 VVT the value buy

James Ruppert
Used car guru

The Megane is cheap to insure and only the turbocharged petrol unit goes into double figures, with a group 13 rating. All diesels fall between 7 and 9.

Opting for diesel power might cost more initially but it will save you time and money at the pumps, and even the most powerful option has an average economy of just under 50mpg. The petrols aren’t bad and you should expect 35-40mpg.

Renault dealers are numerous, and keeping the Megane CC maintained should not be expensive, as long as you shop around for the best prices.

The Megane’s biggest competition comes from the Peugeot 307 CC; newer models like the VW Eos and Ford Focus CC are effectively in a higher price bracket.

There’s not much to choose between the two French cars, and although the 307 holds on to slightly more of its value, the Megane is cheaper to buy in the first place.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Shortage of supply new means that there are many parallel imports around. Holds value well

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

When the Megane was introduced, it came with lots of new technological features, but if these go wrong you could be looking at some painful bills. Make sure you check all controls and switches to ensure things are working - especially the high-tech roof.

Generally, owners don’t experience many issues, although the main failings of the Megane family are present in the CC. These include various electrical and ignition problems, diesel engine glitches that cause the turbo to fail, and excessive tyre wear on cars with 17-inch wheels.

The folding metal and glass roof works well and often the problems experienced by owners are due to the boot being overloaded. There was however, a spate of leaks from the joint at the top of the windscreen. Renault issued a bulletin for dealers to replace the seal.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Values on the increase, diesel very pricey 1.6 VVT the value buy

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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