Used Renault Megane Hatchback 1996 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

1996 - 2003 review
Renault Megane Hatchback (96 - 03)
  • Renault Megane Hatchback (96 - 03)
  • Renault Megane Hatchback (96 - 03)
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What's the used Renault Megane hatchback like?

The Renault Megane is an anonymous hatchback that looked very dated by the time Renault stopped making it.

The bold lines of later versions make this one appear old-fashioned, but it beats most rivals for safety kit - you get front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes and a full three-point belt for the centre-rear seat on even the cheapest models.

Come to that, the car is generously equipped all round - all have remote central locking, most have air-con and CD players.

It scores well for practicality, too, with a roomy cabin, a fair-sized boot and a big hatch opening. However, the dash plastic looks dull and some of the switchgear feels brittle and cheap. There's not enough space for phones, sunglasses and other bits and bobs, either.

On the road, too, it's basically pretty decent. The Megane rides well and keeps out most road noise, and the bigger engines make it feel quite spirited. All that counts against it is that the steering lacks feel and discourages you from making full use of the power.