What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It's inexpensive and the later models are well equipped

Against It has a frumpy image, it's dull to drive, unreliable, and the interior is cheap-looking

Verdict A safe, cheap and spacious small family car

Go for… 1.4 Expression

Avoid… 1.9 DTi 80 Sport

Renault Megane Hatchback
  • 1. Make sure the clutch works properly, because replacing it is a complicated - and expensive - job
  • 2. Head gasket failures have been reported, so check the inside of the oil filler cap for the sludge that can warn of problems
  • 3. Auto gearboxes have a nasty knack of failing, and rebuilds are costly
  • 4. Immobiliser faults can strand cars, although repairs can often be carried out at the roadside
  • 5. There have been complaints about poor-quality paintwork, and the body-coloured bumpers are prone to marks
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