Which used Renault Megane hatchback should I buy?
The diesel engines better suit more robust use. The 1.6 130 diesel is a good fit, offering flexible performance (without being quick) and relative refinement, plus it’s a smooth runner on motorway journeys. It isn’t the most refined diesel engine in this class, and you will still get a harsh engine note if you push it hard, but it has decent claimed fuel economy of 70.6mpg and low CO2 emissions of 104g/km, all for only a small premium over the 1.5-litre diesel.
Where the Mégane excels is the amount of equipment you get compared with rivals. Even the entry-level Expression+ trim has cruise control, air-con, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. You also get driver’s seat height and lumbar adjustment. However, we’d suggest upgrading to Dynamique Nav. This has swish night-time ambient interior lighting, power-folding door mirrors and dual-zone climate control. You also get keyless entry, a configurable 7.0in digital display in place of analogue instruments and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system equipped with sat-nav. There are also important safety features such as a system to warn you if you drift out of your lane, auto-sensing lights and wipers, automatic headlight dipping, rear parking sensors and speed limit display.