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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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137 reader reviews for Renault Megane Hatchback.
  • 1.6 VVT Dynamique (Euro 4) 5dr

    ALISTAIR CAMPBELL , LANARKSHIRE . Date: 25/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have found the car has several flaws.

    The external passenger door handle has a plastic cover, which fell off. I was told that it would cost either £26 or £54 to replace, depending on the dealer. This part has now been reduced in price to £9. The new part fell off too. Eventually a cover was found which was tight enough to stay in place. Surely this replacement part should be provided free?

    The keycard can be withdrawn from its slot, with the engine running, something you can't do with a normal ignition key.

    The car can only be started by depressing either the brake or clutch pedal. It now only works with the brake pedal.

    The manual heating/ventilation controls feel cheap in this so-called "quality car". They are stiff, loose and difficult to grip.

    The cover inside the central door rest, covering the hinge has broken off.

    The car hops about on rough or potholed surfaces. This is dreadful, although the suspension is otherwise comfortable.

  • 1.6 VVT Privilège 5dr

    Anthony J. Patton , Derbyshire . Date: 24/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I enjoy my Megane for its superb ride, its quality interior, although as you say a little more room in the back would have been appreciated.

    The few problems I have encountered, mainly electrical, have been quickly put right by the Renault dealer.

  • 1.9 dCi 120 Privilège 5dr

    Patrick Coyle , lONDON . Date: 21/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Economical, quick off the mark, great turbo, quiet, smooth, refined. My six foot three inch son sits in the back quite comfortably.

    Gadgets are useful and storage areas handy. Service reasonable and fast at dealers.

    Put the rear spoiler on, it looks good - it gives good balance to the famous derriere. Very happy after 14 months and 12,000 miles.

  • 1.5 dCi 100 Dynamique 5dr

    Tristan Adams , Essex . Date: 10/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my 5dr 1.5dci 100 for 6 months now. Before i had a clio, which i would say was more more fun to drive but doesn't have the quality feel the megane does.

    My megane is more at home on the motorway or A roads then on the twisty stuff. The 1.5dci unit pulls well when asked to, but it does get a bit vocal when pushed past 3000 rpm. The gear box is slick and has a sporty short through action.

    The ride around town can be a bit hit and miss sometimes but generally its not to bad, it tends to lean a little bit more then i like when asked to make a sharp turn, but that is the nature of the car.

    I like the little extra's that can be added like the hands free card, it makes fumbling round for any sort of key a thing of the past and the car is big on safety.

    Fuel consumption is good i get about 50mpg out of it and thats traveling at 70-80mph. Inside of the car is well designed nicely laid out and has the feel of a much more expensive car.

    The only quibble I have is the steering let go of the wheel and it centres ups far to quickly, you need to have a firm grip on the wheel when going round corners.

Renault Megane Hatchback

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