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t's been a long time coming but the fourth-generation Renault Megane has finally arrived on UK shores. It's a key car for the French firm, with 6.6 million sold in Europe since it was first launched in 1996, 560,000 of which have found homes here in the UK.
Following in the footsteps of its stablemates, the Kadjar and Clio, the new Megane showcases the firm's latest design language, featuring a wide front end and striking new lighting signature. At the rear, eye-catching 'Edge Light' technology also make a distinct impression.
There's a choice of four engines in the line-up, under the bonnet of our test car is a 1.5-litre diesel offering 110hp and 260Nm of torque. Smooth and refined, the engine is excellent when cruising on the motorway, although can feel underpowered when you want to accelerate quickly; the 0-62mph sprint officially takes 11.3 seconds.
As you may expect it's no hot hatch, you'll need the GT version for that, but the Megane is comfortable over long distances and composed in the corners. The light steering lacks any real feel, though, and there's a fair amount of wind noise intruding the cabin at higher speeds.
You've got a choice of five different driving modes including ECO, Sport and Comfort, which make small alterations to the steering and throttle set-up to suit. Mated to the engine is a well-matched six-speed manual, our preferred choice over the dual-clutch auto that costs an extra £1200.