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Renault Megane Review

Compact estate’s usually sell in small numbers, with products from Ford and Vauxhall dominating the sector. These do not tend to be the most exciting cars. Renault's Megane Sport Tourer is the exception. The Megane is more refined and exceeds its rivals.

Renault has made enhancements to the cars exterior. The car now sports a new V-shaped grille, enhanced headlights and a new front bumper. The rear bumper has also been slightly modified.

The car’s interior has been enhanced with new trim fabrics, and instrument graphics with white backlighting. The car boasts a high quality feel in the cabin.
 The improvement in cabin materials raise the car’s standard of fit and finish. The comfort levels are obvious as soon as you enter the car’s cabin.

Improvements to the cars electronic power steering also help to make the Megane a more enjoyable car to drive. The car also boasts a powerful range of diesel engines. The car has improved fuel economy and offers strong performance without sacrificing economy.

Practicality

The Renault Megane comes with a low asking price, low insurance rates, and low servicing charges. To get decent fuel economy, you should opt for one of the diesel engines. The Megane will be an inexpensive car to run.

The cabin is spacious and offers enough room for up to four adults. In the front, head and legroom are plentiful and passengers should be comfortable. The rear however is more limited when it comes to legroom. The boot is large and has a low loading lip. The rear seats fold down, making more room for carrying larger items.

The Megane’s controls are clear and concise. They are logically located as the driver doesn’t need to search for them. The climate and audio controls are small but are functional and easy to use.

Both front and rear passengers will experience a smooth and comfortable ride. The seats are wide and supportive and help to facilitate comfort. The suspension does an excellent job of delivering a crisp response and effectively deals with road imperfections.

Access to the cabin for all passengers is easy. The car doesn’t sit too low and the seats are wide. Another contributing factor to the ease of accessing the cabin is the large door apertures. The boot is just as easy to access as the hatch is light and the load lip is low.

Although reverse parking is easy due to the stacked design of the tail lights, opting for parking sensors may be a good idea. Pulling forward into a parking space may be a bit trickier because judging distances is slightly difficult.

Life Style

The1.9-litre dCi 130bhp found in the Megane Sports Tourer delivers a combination of economy, refinement and performance. This engine provides a relaxed drive. The Megane's suspension is supple and the car’s steering feels remote.

The Sport Tourer would make a very good family car. It boasts high levels of refinement, practicality and spaciousness, and would easily accommodate a small family. The spacious boot will certainly come in handy.

The Megane would make a decent first car. It’s easy to drive and includes plenty of safety features. The Megane should enjoy low running costs. Parking is the most difficult part of owning the Megane.

The Megane has improved in quality, and boasts a significant amount of style and flair. The car reflect’s well on Renault’s image.

Security and Safety

The car comes equipped standard with remote central locking, an engine immobiliser, and security alarms are offered as a cost option. The Megane provides a high level of security, and the keyless entry option is the best choice.

The car’s safety features include ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, with ESP and traction control. Tyre pressure monitoring is a useful cost option.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio system includes a combined radio and CD player. The unit provides good sound quality. Clever column-mounted controls allow all the major functions to be operated with ease by the driver.

The car’s interior is similar to previous models but is constructed from better materials. The cabin’s colours are light and make the cabin feel spacious. The cabin has a quality feel. The car’s exterior looks more flattering in bold, bright hues.

Summary

The Megane Sport Tourer is a good all-round car. New enhancements to the car’s interior and exterior have given the Megane a competitive edge within its sector. The Megane boasts impressive refinement and a good carrying capacity.