Renault Megane review - Reliability and Safety
Renault reliability is improving, while safety has always been a key selling point for the French manufacturer
Renault has a historic reputation for building unreliable cars, but that's far from the truth these days. It finished 24th out of 26 manufacturers in our latest Driver Power satisfaction survey, though, so customer service leaves something to be desired.
The Megane has a strong safety record, with Euro NCAP awarding it five stars. All versions get six airbags and a speed limiter, while the GT Line adds traffic sign recognition, high beam assist and lane departure warning. Autonomous emergency braking is offered with the adaptive cruise control upgrade, at £400.
All new Renaults get a three-year warranty - it used to offer a four-year warranty, but this was dropped because most owners moved on to a new model after three years of ownership. If you want or need the extra year, you can extend this by a further 12 months for about £229.
Renault offers a three-year/30,000-mile servicing pack for about £499. A single service starts from £169 and Renault even offers a free vehicle health check for certain cars. Brake pads cost from £89, while owners can change both pads and discs from £199.
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 technologyThe 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 Safety - currently readingRenault reliability is improving, while safety has always been a key selling point for the French manufacturer