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Renault Megane review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Pick 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

Renault has long prided itself on its economical diesel engines – and the point is proven in the latest Megane. The dCi 110 will allegedly return as much as 76.4mpg, while adding the auto box sees this claimed figure drop slightly to 74.3mpg. A Peugeot 308 BlueHDI is cleaner still, but in reality, few buyers will realise a true cost difference in the real world. 

The petrol isn’t bad either, with the TCe 130 managing 52.3mpg and 120g/km CO2 emissions. It’s worth noting that these models aren’t subject to the three per cent BiK diesel surcharge for company car drivers. 

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Private buyers will be heartened by the brand’s PCP deals, which feature low APR rates and dealer contributions to help get you behind the wheel. 

Insurance groups

Insurance groups start at Group 14 for an entry-level Megane with the 1.2-litre petrol engine. A range-topping model with the automatic gearbox sits just one group higher, while the most popular dCi diesel falls into Group 21. 

Depreciation

Buy a Renault Megane and be prepared to suffer fairly heavy depreciation. An entry-level model will only retain around 38 per cent of its value, while some models are even worse. A top-spec model will hold on to as little as 35 per cent over three-years and 36,000 miles. 

A Vauxhall Astra is similar, though many models manage to retain more than 40 per cent of their value, which is good in a class like this. The more desirable SUV body of Renault’s own Kadjar crossover is a better bet if you’re worried about plummeting prices, as it’ll retain closer to 50 per cent of its original list price after three years.

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