Renault Megane Test Drive Review
28 August 2014
Renault's cosmetic revision of the Megane centres around the nose-job given to the lower medium hatchback, estate, coupe and cabrio to bring it in line with the latest range look.
A more prominent logo and changes to the look of the bumper, bonnet, headlights and daytime running lights mark out the new model, while there are also spec changes that include dual-zone climate control becoming standard on the Dynamique TomTom model driven here. Renault claims price reductions of up to £1200 on the revised model, with the maximum saving on the dCi 110 and 130 cars, while the Sport Tourer is priced at £1000 above the five-door hatchback.
This revision is certainly noticeable from the front, with the revised styling making the car a little more dramatic.
Two engines have been dropped from the line-up - the 90hp 1.5 and 165hp 2.0 diesel - leaving a five-engine range available with four trim levels of Expression+, Knight Edition, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom.
Emissions are impressive on this 110hp 1.5-litre diesel, with an official CO2 figure of 90g/km, which most manufacturers can only better with low-specced green special models.
The engine pulls the Megane along nicely and is at the same level of diesel refinement as its core rivals. Ride and handling are also middling for the class - not challenging the best in the sector but still nothing to put you off. Ditto the boot, interior space and looks.
The big problem for the Renault is its poor residuals. While a comparable Ford Focus is predicted to retain 31.4%, according to KwikCarcost, a Vauxhall Astra 32.4% and a VW Golf 40.2%, the Megane is only predicted to hang onto 27.8% of its value, which turns a competitively priced and efficient car into one that is beaten on whole-life costs.