Renault Megane review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Renault Megane 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Renault Megane 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior dashboard
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior rear seats
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Megane 2021 front tracking
  • Renault Megane 2021 left static
  • Renault Megane 2021 front cornering
  • Renault Megane 2021 front right tracking
  • Renault Megane 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Megane 2021 left tracking
  • Renault Megane 2021 headlight detail
  • Renault Megane 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior driver display
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior detail
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior cable storage
  • Renault Megane 2021 boot open
  • Renault Megane 2021 front right tracking
  • Renault Megane 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior dashboard
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior rear seats
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior infotainment
  • Renault Megane 2021 front tracking
  • Renault Megane 2021 left static
  • Renault Megane 2021 front cornering
  • Renault Megane 2021 front right tracking
  • Renault Megane 2021 rear cornering
  • Renault Megane 2021 left tracking
  • Renault Megane 2021 headlight detail
  • Renault Megane 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior front seats
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior driver display
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior detail
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Renault Megane 2021 interior cable storage
  • Renault Megane 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Being a PHEV, t​he Renault Megane offers ultra-low CO2 emissions which – along with the decent electric range – will appeal to company car buyers. The Megane is the same benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket as the Skoda Octavia iV, but one band lower than the Seat Leon eHybrid.

As with all plug-in hybrids, you should take the sky-high claimed fuel economy figures with a pinch of salt. If you travel purely on electric power, your fuel bills will be minimal, but economy will tumble rapidly on longer journeys if the petrol engine is used a lot more and the battery goes flat.

That beats the three-year warranties of most rivals and equals Toyota’s five-year/100,000 mile warranty, but isn’t quite as generous as Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited mileage policy or Kia’s seven-year/100,000 mile package.

Speaking of safety, it’s hard to directly compare the Megane with newer rivals because it was tested by Euro NCAP under less strict conditions than apply today. Looking at its performance, though, it does a good job of protecting front-seat occupants from injury.

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Renault Megane 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

The Renault Megane is well equipped and there are clear benefits to be had from owning a plug-in hybrid as a company car, but for similar money you have a choice of other rivals that are more practical, nicer inside and better to drive.

  • Lots of equipment as standard
  • Comfortable ride
  • Reasonably refined
  • Poor boot space
  • Cramped rear head room
  • Vague steering