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Renault Megane E-Tech - Reliability and safety

The Megane E-Tech’s five-star Euro NCAP rating and lengthy safety kit list is reassuring

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

  • Interior quality
  • Infotainment system
  • Good boot size
  • Low speed ride
  • Efficiency could be better
  • Rear space a little tight
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Industry safety body Euro NCAP, awarded the Megane E-Tech a five-star rating, with an 85 per cent score for adult occupant protection and 88 per cent for child passenger safety. The Megane’s driver-assist systems also performed well, receiving a 79 per cent rating, although it did lose marks for pedestrian protection (65 per cent overall) due to some poor results recorded caused by stiff points where a pedestrian’s head may strike the base of the windscreen and the windscreen pillars. 

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It is worth noting that these safety assessments are the most stringent ever, and to record a five-star rating is a major success. Standard safety equipment for the Megane E-Tech includes lane-keep assistautomatic emergency braking assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, on-coming traffic recognition at junctions, traffic sign recognition, a driver drowsiness alert, rear park assist, and a rear-view camera.

Upgrading to the Techno+ trim adds a level of semi-autonomous driving technology with adaptive cruise control, lane centring, and speed-limiting functions, along with a blind-spot monitoring system and a rear cross-traffic alert with emergency braking. Top-of-the-range Iconic-spec cars also get a 3D 360-degree surround camera set-up.

The Megane E-Tech is too new to make our best cars to own list, which is based on owners’ feedback from our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Its sister car, the Nissan Ariya, didn’t make an appearance, either. Renault itself will be aiming to reverse a worrying slide down the best car manufacturer rankings; the French firm finished 15th in 2020, 20th in 2021, 24th place in 2022, and 29th (out of 32 brands) in 2023.

Warranty

The Megane E-Tech comes with a three-year/100,000-mile warranty. For comparison, the VW ID.3 is covered by a basic three-year/60,000-mile warranty, while the MG4 is covered for a much more impressive seven years or 80,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Like many electric cars, the Megane E-Tech’s battery has a separate eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, which means it will be replaced if it falls below 70 per cent of the original capacity.

Servicing

Renault’s EasyLife servicing plan allows customers to spread the cost of scheduled maintenance. Buyers have a choice of a three-year/30,000-mile plan, or a four-year/40,000-mile agreement, which adds an additional year of warranty cover, too. You can opt to pay for either via flexible monthly instalments or a one-off payment.

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