The Megane is keenly priced and has plenty of equipment as standard. The diesel versions are particularly frugal and efficient.
Rear-seat head- and legroom are poor. The Megane isn’t as classy or as good to drive as a VW Golf, and it can’t match the best in class for ride comfort.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Renault Megane performance
Petrol engines are a 1.6, two 1.2-litre turbos and a turbocharged 2.0-litre, while the diesels are a 1.5 or a 1.6-litre unit. The lower-powered 1.2 petrol is far more flexible than the 1.6, so you don’t have to rev it as hard to make decent progress; it’s our pick of the petrols. Both diesels are strong performers, and even the 1.5 is decently brisk.
Renault Megane ride & handling
The Megane is grippy enough and body lean is well contained. The steering is fairly responsive, but it has virtually zero feedback, which detracts from your enjoyment and confidence on twisty roads. Ride comfort isn’t great, either; it's firm on most surfaces, and things can get genuinely uncomfortable on bumpy roads.
Renault Megane refinement
The engines are particularly impressive on this front, being very smooth and quiet. The rather vague gearshift lets the side down, though, and there’s also too much wind and road noise on the motorway.