Since its launch in 1995, the Renault Mégane has been best known as a high-performance, family-sized car that’s versatile, sporty and exciting to drive in the compact segment.
The latest generation of Renault has slid the Mégane up a couple notches as reflected in the jazzed-up interior – which Renault refers to as a “modernised cockpit” with multimedia and dashboard screens inspired by smartphone use and its unique LED lighting.
The Mégane is available in a dizzying number of shapes and configurations including hatchback, saloon and estate versions.
When it comes the design the Renault Mégane is a distinctive hatchback, the second generation was well known for its protruding rear end. Sixteen generations later the five-door Mégane remains as sleek as ever.
The Renault Mégane has received praise from critics for its versatility and engine quality. It’s the everyday car that users compliment for its high level of comfort, practicality and performance and is available as the Mégane 5 door, Mégane RS and Mégane GT.
A front-engine, front-wheel-drive small family car, the variations for the Mégane are endless. There are Play, Iconic and the superior GT Line in diesel or petrol in a number of trim packages in automatic or manual gearbox type.
The Mégane RS is the sportier hatchback version and provides more power (276bhp on the regular) resulting in greater acceleration.
With more advanced and richer content, the R.S. line represents more than just a name change. Its exterior design and interior take on a sportier look, to meet the expectations of the growing number of customers who want a strong differentiation through dynamic design.
The Sport Tourer is an even sportier version to drive with the expense to match and comes with more multimedia and more accessories to choose from. Some of which are deemed exotic in a Performance Car of the Year category.
Renault line up comes with petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains, delivering a fuel efficiency between 40 and 65 miles per gallon depending on model and are generally seen as good. The most frugal to run is the 1.5L diesel engine which achieves up to 62.8 mpg and emits 119-126g/km of CO2.
The petrol engines come in 1.2L and 1.3L turbocharged versions and a 1.6L normally aspirated, and diesel engines in 1.5L, 1,6L and 1.7L versions all turbocharged. There is also a plug-in hybrid model based on the 1.6L petrol engine. The sportier GT comes with the 1.6L turbocharged petrol engine and the new RS with a 1.8L turbocharged powerplant.
The Mégane Estate is also benefitting from the new technology with the 160hp E-TECH Plug-in rechargeable hybrid engine, which Renault says is the subject of over 150 patents. It uses components such as its new-generation 1.6-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors and an innovative multimode gearbox.
The car can take to the open road with up to 100% electric power up to 135 kph. In urban settings it can cover a distance of 65 km without using the combustion engine helping to reduce fuel consumption. The hatchback is due to have a hybrid engine at a later date.
The Megane comes with either manual or an automatic six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Renault Mégane insurance groups generally fall between the cheaper to insure group 14 and group 37, depending on the model.
The Association of British Insurers and Lloyd’s of London set your car’s insurance group from 1 to 50. In theory, the higher the insurance group, the greater your insurance premium will be. You can use Uswitch to shop for offers on Renault car insurance to lower insurance costs.
Renault is known for its safety with a number of optional features such as lane assistance for drivers to feel more secure. It received the maximum five star rating for overall protection.
Safety assist: 71%
The sporty versions of Renault Mégane, under the R.S. badge are viewed as benchmark sports hatchbacks. The R.S. TROPHY-R held a new lap record on the famous Nürburgring circuit in 2019.
Winning the Top Gear Performance Car of the Year 2019: “It takes guts to ask Porsche money for a family hatch, even if said family hatch has had an unprecedented amount of effort lavished upon it in pursuit of speed and lightness.”