2021 Renault Megane family car revealed: price, specs and release date

Updated Renault Megane family hatchback gets plug-in hybrid power for the first time, plus infotainment upgrades...

2021 Renault Megane front

On sale: Late 2020 | Price from: £20,740

If you want the best breakfast pastries in Europe, you buy French. The same goes for perfume, fashion and perhaps soon family hatchbacks too, because the updated Renault Megane is pulling out all the stops to grab your attention.

2021 Renault Megane Sport Tourer front

2021 Renault Megane engines

The big news is that there's now a plug-in hybrid version of both the hatchback and Megane Sport Tourer estate models. Named Megane E-Tech, it uses a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that works in conjunction with two electric motors to produce a combined 158bhp. It's capable of taking the car up to 30 miles on electric power alone, and should be kind to your wallet with official fuel economy rated at 217.3mpg – though you can expect much less if you drive without the battery charged up – and c02 emissions of 30g/km. 

Buyers can choose from driving modes that you can set to hold the battery's charge for later in your journey, to run on electricity alone until it's all used up, or to blend both power sources. The E-Tech is also is the most powerful of the regular Meganes, with a 0-62mph sprint time of 9.8 seconds.

The current 1.3-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines are still available, too, and are offered with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. And for those seeking hot hatchback levels of performance, the Megane R.S. remains at the very top of the range.

2021 Renault Megane interior

2021 Renault Megane interior

Inside, a new 10in digital instrument cluster takes the place of the previous analogue dials and driver information screen and can put the most useful information, including the sat-nav map, directly in front of your eyes. The Megane’s infotainment screen has been upgraded, too, growing in size to 9.3in and featuring sharper graphics than before. Entry-level Iconic models get a smaller 7.0in screen instead. The list of standard kit has grown, too, to include front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, a rear parking camera and lane-departure warning.

2021 Renault Megane infotainment system

2021 Renault Megane price

Prices start from £20,740, with the new plug-in hybrid variant starting from £30,685. That starting price is only a slight increase compared with today’s car, but places the Megane in-between the big-selling Ford Focus and the What Car? Award-winning Skoda Scala in terms of cost. It’s worth noting, too, that generous discounts could bring that price down before long. For example, you can currently save up to £4529 on the outgoing Megane using our free New Car Buying service.

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