What's the used Renault Megane hatchback like?
The Renault Mégane has been around in various forms for a very long time, but it’s fair to say that – sporty Renault Sport versions aside – it’s never quite caught on with the buying public in the way the French firm had hoped.
This has perhaps been more to do with the quality of its rivals than any serious faults in the Mégane, because it’s always been a decent car to drive and one with its own unique style.
The fourth-generation model was launched in 2016 and, as well as a bold new look outside, it incorporates a sleek and high-tech interior laden with safety kit and executive toys. The car is larger – being longer, lower and wider – and considerably more sophisticated than previous Méganes.
It drives well, too, with a good range of engines that encompass a lively 128bhp 1.2-litre petrol unit and a super-quick 1.6, as well as a trio of diesel options that includes the economical 1.5-litre dCi 110 and the punchy yet abstemious 1.6 dCi 130. There’s also a higher-powered 1.6-litre diesel that combines speed with reasonably good fuel consumption.
Underneath is a new platform that contributes to the car’s improved road behaviour. The Mégane is still set up on the soft side, however, and although the ride is initially comfortable the car can roll in corners and doesn’t like to be hustled around too quickly.
Inside, there’s plenty of space up front, as well as a good and adjustable driving position. Passengers in the rear will feel a little cramped behind a taller driver, though, with less leg room available than in some of the Mégane’s rivals. Likewise, the boot is a good size, but overall capacity is slightly below what is offered by the best in this class.
The interior’s a good and modern place to be, even if some of the functions controlled via the infotainment screen can be a little fiddly to use, and there’s a range of well-equipped trims to seek out.
Ultimately, the Mégane fails to make a dent in the supremacy of its rivals, but it’s a smart and desirable car that will serve many people’s needs well, and there are now quite a few on the used car market at temptingly low prices.