The previous version of the Megane was beginning to feel rather outclassed towards the end of its life, so it's no surprise the current one isn’t just a facelift, but an all-new car from the ground up. Take a quick glance and you should see more than a whiff of French joie de vivre. It has a smart interior to match its exterior, too, and is bristling with modern safety kit and the kind of executive toys you’d see on much pricier cars.
It comes with a range of petrol and diesel engines. These include a 1.5-litre diesel with low CO2 emissions to suit company car buyers, or a 202bhp 1.6-litre petrol for those searching for more zip.
Read on over the next few pages and we’ll tell you what it's like to drive, how it stacks up against those rivals and we'll also choose our favourite engines and trims.