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Renault Megane (2016-2022) review - Interior, design and technology

Renault has upped the standard kit and on-board tech for the facelifted Megane

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.2 out of 5

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There’s no denying Renault has pulled out all the stops for the design of the latest Megane. At the front is the brand’s trademark diamond logo, flanked by a pair of headlamps framed by distinctive C-shaped LED running lights. Look down the sides of the car and you’ll spot the bulging rear wheelarches and neat kick in the window line ahead of the C-pillar, which are both reminiscent of the Clio supermini. At the rear are the eye-catching LED tail-lamps that run nearly the whole width of the bootlid.

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Renault has made big strides with quality, and soft-touch materials are used throughout, while the interior feels robustly built. Everything falls neatly to hand, and the dials are easy to read.

The facelift in 2020 introduced new LED headlights, revised taillights with scrolling indicators and redesigned front and rear bumpers, while Renault has also increased the alloy wheel options and available exterior paint colours.

Inside, we like that Renault has returned to using rotary dials for the standard dual-zone climate control system, instead of having to use a touchscreen function - it’s much easier and safer to use on the move.

Choosing the Iconic specification brings 16-inch alloy wheels, power-folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control, while spending an extra £2,000 on the R.S. Line gives you bigger 17-inch alloys, sports seats, a rear parking camera and sportier R.S. branded trim.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Renault has introduced new tech for the facelifted Megane, with a 10-inch digital dash for the top R.S. Line trim. It features clear, crisp graphics, although the resolution and responses from the 9.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system don't function quite as well. Iconic-spec cars make do with a smaller 7.0-inch touchscreen and a digital driver information display of the same size.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard, while you have the option to upgrade the audio set-up on the R.S. Line version to a seven-speaker Bose system.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.3 TCE Iconic 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,080

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 Blue dCi Iconic 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,380

Fastest

  • Name
    1.3 TCE Iconic 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,080
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