Renault Megane E-Tech review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
A good-sized boot, decent interior space and a lots of practical standard kit mean that the Megane E-Tech will appeal to family buyers
The Megane E-Tech offers high levels of comfort and practicality for a family hatchback, thanks in part to its lengthy standard kit. It also benefits from a bespoke EV architecture – the same CMF-EV platform that underpins the Nissan Ariya – so there’s a completely flat floor in the rear and the thicker parts of the battery are placed beneath the rear passenger seats in order to maximise cabin space. But at its thinnest point, the Megane E-Tech’s battery is just 110mm tall; the slimmest in its segment according to Renault, and 70mm thinner than Zoe’s.
Unfortunately the small windows and steeply raked windscreen can make the cabin feel quite dark at times, compared to family SUVs such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV, which feel much more airy.
Measuring 4,200mm long and 1,768mm wide (excluding mirrors), the Megane E-Tech is a relatively compact family EV, which means it’s a little easier to navigate through busy urban streets and park in tighter spaces. In comparison, the VW ID.3 is 61mm longer and 41mm wider.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There is plenty of room upfront in the Megane and, as with its VW ID.3 rival, there’s much more space on offer than in a regular hatchback, such as the Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. Rear-seat passengers may find it slightly more cramped, but it’s not uncomfortable to travel in the back of the Megane and its flat floor helps improve legroom.
The Megane’s 440-litre boot is more generous than you’ll find in a Volkswagen ID.3 or MG4. Because of its front-wheel drive setup and no rear motor taking up valuable space, the boot is usefully deep, too. There is a rather high load lip, however, and moving heavy luggage in and out is more arduous than it should be, although Renault does offer a false floor as an accessory option, which helps to mitigate this issue. Even without it there’s enough space under the boot floor to keep the charging cables out of sight.
If you need extra room for flat-pack Swedish furniture, you can fold down the rear seats and expand the cargo space up to 1,332 litres. However, because the boot is so deep, the load space isn’t flat, which could make loading longer items such as a bicycle a bit difficult.
With a maximum braked trailer weight of 900kg, the Megane E-Tech should be fine for most towing needs, although if you are in need of more pulling power from your EV then you could look to the Nissan Ariya e-4orce model, which can tow up to 1,500kg. The obvious downside to this option is cost, because you’ll need to spend an extra £15 to £20k more than the price of the Megane for the twin-motor version of the Ariya.
In this review
- 1Renault Megane E-Tech reviewThe all-electric Renault Megane E-Tech is an impressive family hatchback; practical, good to drive and offering the latest on board technology
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceThe Megane E-Tech is refined, good to drive and offers just enough power
- 3Range, charging and running costsStrong residual values and reasonable insurance costs are welcome, but the Megane E-Tech’s efficiency could be better
- 4Interior, design and technologyEven the entry-level Megane E-Tech comes packed with kit, while onboard infotainment technology is superb
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingA good-sized boot, decent interior space and a lots of practical standard kit mean that the Megane E-Tech will appeal to family buyers
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Megane E-Tech’s five-star Euro NCAP rating and lengthy safety kit list is reassuring