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Renault Megane dCi 115 - Best diesels

The Megane is a front-runner in the compact hatchback class, especially in diesel guise

The latest Renault Megane arrived in the UK in 2016, and instantly issued a challenge to the class leaders in the hard-fought compact hatchback sector.

The Megane is attractive to look at, with a quality of design that raises the game with crisp styling lines and a nose that makes quite a statement with its big Renault badge and LED lamps. The fresh original looks are carried over inside with a cabin that makes most cars in the sector look a bit unimaginative – the portrait-orientated touchscreen in the centre console being a particularly nice touch. All trim levels are respectively well equipped too, and a comprehensive list of safety tech means the Megane has the full five-star NCAP safety rating after independent crash testing.

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It’s great to drive, with decent handling (if not with as much driver engagement as the SEAT Leon) and refinement. But what really makes the Megane interesting from a diesel owner’s point of view is the dCi 115 model that returns a mighty 74.3mpg. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine makes 114bhp and 260Nm of torque, and will do 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds with a top speed of 116mph. For the economy conscious hatchback driver, those numbers are hard to beat.

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