What used Renault Megane hatchback will I get for my budget?
One of the worst things about the Megane for those buying one new is the heavy depreciation it suffers. For used car buyers, however, this makes it much more affordable than most of its rivals. You can pay as little as £1200 for a high-mileage third-generation Megane, and something close to £2500 will get you an early, low spec car that hasn’t been to the moon and back.
The more interesting cars start from £3000, which will either buy you a 2009 Megane with less than 70,000 miles on the clock, or a 2012 model that has covered a six-figure distance.
Increasing your budget closer to £5000 will buy you anything from a 20,000-mile 1.6-litre petrol from 2010 to a post-facelift 2014 car with 90,000 miles on the clock and the top-spec 1.6-litre diesel engine.
With £7000 to spend you can buy a low-mileage post-facelift car with almost whatever engine takes your fancy. The market tops out at about £11,000 for a late and very low mileage car, but if you’re spending that kind of money you’ll be better off looking at a fourth-generation Megane instead.
How much does it cost to run a Renault Megane hatchback?
One of the reasons for the popularity of the 1.5-litre diesel is that road tax won’t cost anymore than £30 per year. Indeed, find a car with this engine that also has stop-start fitted and the sub-100g/km CO2 output ensures you won’t pay a penny.
Most other engines range from £135 to £190 per year to tax, with the exception being the GT models at up to £240 per year.
As far as fuel consumption goes, the standout model is the 1.5-litre dCi, which managed up to 80mpg in economy-optimised Eco guise. However, in the real world this engine returns more like 55mpg, which is about the same as the more powerful 1.6-litre dCi, and 5mpg more than the earlier 1.9-litre diesel.
As with their diesel counterparts, the petrol engines aren’t as efficient in real world driving conditions as the official test results suggest, with all models hovering between 30-35mpg.
You also need to factor in that all engines require a new timing belt every five years or 60,000 miles at a cost of £500 or more if you want it done at a main dealer.
Minor services (which should be carried out every 12 months or 10,000 miles regardless of what the handbook says) cost from £140 for petrol Meganes or £190 for diesels, although again you’ll be able to reduce costs by going outside the dealer network.