The interior layout, fit and finish
Both Iconic and RS Line trims come with digital displays in place of boring old analogue instruments. Iconic has a 7.0in screen while RS Line upgrades this to a larger 10.0in display that can show a greater variety of information more clearly. Even so, it’s not as easy to read at a glance as the displays of the Skoda Octavia or Superb Estate and doesn’t provide as many configuration options.
The driver’s seat is easy enough to get comfortable in, with plenty of adjustment available. The steering has decent reach and rake adjustment, and all models provide lumbar and seat-height adjustment, with the RS Line’s sports seats being more supportive while remaining comfy.
Thanks to the relatively narrow windscreen pillars, visibility is fine looking forwards, but the thick rear pillars cut out much of what you can see if you look over your shoulder when reversing. Fortunately front and rear parking sensors are standard, with RS Line adding a rear-view camera. Bright LED front and rear lights are standard on both models, as are automatic lights and wipers.
There are plenty of soft-touch plastics that are tactile and pleasing to touch on the top of the dash and front doors, although you’ll notice plenty of hard, shiny scratchy stuff lower down. That’s similar to what you’ll find in the Kia Ceed Sportwagon, Toyota Corolla Touring Sport and Ford Focus Estate, but the Peugeot 508 SW, Skoda Octavia and Superb estates have more pleasantly textured hard plastics that help make the interior look a little classier.
Iconic models get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system in the conventional landscape orientation with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, sat nav and a DAB radio. It’s a bit small by modern standards but it is mounted nice and high on the dash.
We’ve not tried the latest version of that system, but we have tried the larger 9.3in portrait-oriented touchscreen that’s standard on RS Line trim. Its graphics are certainly sharper than on the 508 or Corolla’s systems, and the software is more responsive to prods and pokes as well.
However, Skoda’s system in the Octavia and Superb is more logically laid out and has sharper graphics still. More positively, the Megané retains intuitive physical controls for the heating, unlike the Octavia, for example. It’s much easier to twist the Megané’s knobs and press its buttons to alter the temperature than fiddle around with the Octavia’s touch sensitive icons and menus within the infotainment screen.
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