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Renault Megane Coupe (96 - 03) review

(1996 - 2003)
Renault Megane Coupe (96 - 03)
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Which used Renault Megane coupe should I buy?

Megane buyers had a wide choice of engines, and these were revised in 2000 as part of general improvments across the range. Try to find one of the later cars because these engines have better fuel economy and more performance.

That said, avoid the 1.4-litre 16v unit - it feels slow and breathless - in favour of the 1.6, which is noticeably faster. The 2.0-litre is fastest, but a little noisy when you work it hard.

There was an automatic gearbox option on some models, but this is jerky and unsatisfying to live with, so it's best avoided.

The higher-specced models are a good bet; originally the Coupes only came in standard or Sport trim, but were both well equipped. From 2000 these were replaced by Sport, Alize and Monaco trims, with the last including a CD multichanger and heated door mirrors. The build quality in later cars is also noticeably improved.

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Which used Renault Megane coupe should I buy?

Megane buyers had a wide choice of engines, and these were revised in 2000 as part of general improvments across the range. Try to find one of the later cars because these engines have better fuel economy and more performance.

That said, avoid the 1.4-litre 16v unit - it feels slow and breathless - in favour of the 1.6, which is noticeably faster. The 2.0-litre is fastest, but a little noisy when you work it hard.

There was an automatic gearbox option on some models, but this is jerky and unsatisfying to live with, so it's best avoided.

The higher-specced models are a good bet; originally the Coupes only came in standard or Sport trim, but were both well equipped. From 2000 these were replaced by Sport, Alize and Monaco trims, with the last including a CD multichanger and heated door mirrors. The build quality in later cars is also noticeably improved.

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