Used Renault Megane Hatchback 2002 - 2009 review

Category: Family car

The Renault Megane is outstandingly safe, well equipped and good-looking, but plagued by niggling faults

Renault Megane Hatchback (02 - 09)
  • Renault Megane Hatchback (02 - 09)
  • Renault Megane Hatchback (02 - 09)
Used Renault Megane Hatchback 2002 - 2009 review
Star rating

What's the used Renault Megane hatchback like?

The Renault Megane takes bumps and potholes with a comfortable spring in its step. That traditionally French soft ride quality means there's a degree of lean through corners, but it isn't at all unpleasant, and there's plenty of grip. It's just a shame the electric power steering lacks feel.

All of the engines are willing and fuel-efficient, although the 1.6 petrol and 1.5 turbodiesel can become a bit noisy on the motorway.


The Renault Megane is outstandingly safe, well equipped and good-looking, but plagued by niggling faults

  • The Megane's engines are excellent, and it's comfortable
  • refined
  • cheap and safe
  • Cabin space is poor and reliability and Renault dealer service can be patchy

The high-set driving position has a good range of adjustment, and there's no shortage of high-quality materials and good design in the cabin.

You'll struggle to get so much safety and luxury kit for the money elsewhere, and perhaps the only major complaint is that the hatchback's boot could be bigger.

Ownership cost

What used Renault Megane hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Renault Megane hatchback?

Fuel bills aren't steep. All diesels return more than 50mpg on the official combined cycle, and the 80 and 106bhp 1.5 diesels bump that up to more than 60mpg. The 1.4 and 1.6 petrols manage more than 40mpg, and even the Renaultsports return over 30mpg.

On the other hand, servicing is dearer than for a Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus. But, going outside the Renault franchised network could shave about a quarter off the labour bill.

Our recommendations

Which used Renault Megane hatchback should I buy?

There's more space for rear passengers in the saloon, but this five-door has extra versatility, so which you'll prefer depends on how you intend to use it. On balance, we'd opt for this five-door, and just put up with the tight rear legroom.

Once you've chosen the body style, the good news is that there are no bad models in the line-up, from the frugal 1.4 to the scorching 222bhp Renaultsport 2.0 turbo cars.

We most like the 1.6 (the most sensible petrol choice) and 1.5 turbodiesel for their relaxed driving style, and the 2.0 petrols have plenty of punch.

But, the dearer 1.9 diesels have the edge for all-round ability, especially if you do a lot of motorway driving. Given the cash, that's where we'd spend it.

Expression trim offers the best value, but all come with at least eight airbags, anti-lock brakes and a generous array of goodies. Extreme and Authentique are the entry-level models, while Privilege is the top spec.

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