Renault Megane review - Interior, design and technology
The Megane feels solid and well built, and if you go for one of the top-spec models you’ll benefit from a stylish touchscreen display
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.
GT Line models make even more of an impact courtesy of their bespoke bumpers, rear diffuser, metallic grey door mirror housings and unique 17-inch alloy wheels. The racy theme is even more obvious inside, with bright blue trim inserts in the doors and dashboard, plus the chunky, high-backed sports front seats. Elsewhere, it’s standard Megane, so you get slick design, high-grade materials and cutting-edge kit.
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 Megane’s showroom appeal is further boosted by the standard kit tally, which extends to keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, configurable mood lighting and automatic lights and wipers.
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The Mégane’s Multisense ambient lighting system gives the cabin a classy feel. Strips of LEDs set into the door tops and centre console can be configured to show one of five colours, from neutral white to red.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Entry-level cars get a dot-matrix display in the centre console, but Renault doesn’t expect to sell many cars in the most basic trims. Mid-spec motors use a landscape touchscreen but top-of-the-range cars get 8.7-inch R-Link 2 infotainment screen, which sits portrait-style in the centre of the dashboard.
This unit groups together the sat-nav, driving modes and hi-fi controls, giving the rest of the dash a clutter-free look. The graphics are all sharply defined, while the on-screen functions respond crisply. Ahead of the driver is a seven-inch configurable TFT display that combines the speedo, rev counter and trip computer.
Go for a GT Line model, and the Megane comes with the same 7.0-inch landscape screen as the Iconic, or you can upgrade to an 8.7-inch portrait set-up. It has TomTom Live-based services and traffic info is included, but Renault’s menu system isn’t very intuitive to navigate.
However, once you’re used to the portrait-style set-up, it’s a nice unit to use, with everything from the climate control to the car’s various driving modes being adjusted by using the touchscreen.
The R-Link 2 system boasts similar connectivity to some rivals, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are now fitted as standard across the range. Renault also offers its own software for weather forecasts, Twitter and E-mail through its app store.
In this review
- 1VerdictA move upmarket has turned the practical and economical Megane into a desirable front-running hatchback
- 2Engines, performance and driveRenault has prioritised comfort and refinement over outright driving dynamics, but the Megane still handles well and is a competent motorway cruiser
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsPick one of the diesel-powered Meganes and Renault reckons you’ll manage nearly 80mpg. Low tax rates across the range mean it’s a good company car, too
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Megane feels solid and well built, and if you go for one of the top-spec models you’ll benefit from a stylish touchscreen display
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceDespite offering a sizeable wheelbase and big boot, space in the back of the Renault Megane is only on a par with rivals from Vauxhall and SEAT
- 6Reliability and SafetyRenault reliability is improving, while safety has always been a key selling point for the French manufacturer