Renault Megane E-Tech long-term test: report 3

Renault's latest Megane has gone electric and adopted trendy SUV styling, but what it's like to live with? We're finding out...

Renault Megane E-Tech driving side on

The car Renault Megane E-Tech EV60 220HP Techno Run by Jim Holder, editorial director

Why it’s here Its name may be well known, but little else about this car is familiar; for the first time the Megane is an all-electric car, sitting on all-new underpinnings that will form the basis of a family of new Renaults. Is it any good?

Needs to offer The ease of use and practicality of family car rivals while proving efficient in its use of electricity and fast to charge

Mileage 2566 Price £39,495 Target Price £39,011 Price as tested £40,445 Test range 179 miles Official range 280 miles

25 March 2023 – Getting comfortable

Most of the time I travel alone, or one-up, with a front seat passenger, and I have to say that those circumstances are ideal for me to enjoy the best of what my Renault Megane E-Tech’s interior has to offer.

I’m 190cm tall, so I love that the seat slides a long way back and sits low (although my ideal driving position makes it nigh-on impossible for anyone to get in the rear seat behind me).

Jim driving Renault Megane E-Tech

I love too that the infotainment screen is angled towards me, with the wireless phone charging pad cleverly and conveniently located underneath it, and I think it's great that the central area below the dash is hollowed out aside for a storage bin; this gives the interior a wide-open sense of space.

Unfortunately, the brake pedal is heavily offset to the right so I find that I have to twist my body a bit, which can get uncomfortable over time. Still, with most of my commutes being short, it’s no bother.

Finally, the Megane E-Tech has unusually direct steering. It’s a surprise at first, but in town it’s a revelation for easy manoeuvring, and it gives the car an enjoyably sporty feel, even at low speeds.

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