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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Renault Megane

£17,195£25,665
6/10
Overall verdict
The Megane is a fine effort from Renault and snaps at the heels of VW Golf. But will anyone notice?
 

For: 

It looks great and that interior cocks a leg on VW's lamp post

Against: 

Really cramped in the rear, dead steering

Overview

What is it?

The Renault Megane isn’t a bad car. But it’s an ignored car, a fringe player within a sector dominated by the fearsomely capable Volkswagen Golf, the best-selling Ford Focus and the stupidly good value Hyundai i30. So, to pep things up, Renault gave the Megane range a facelift last year. Visually, this served to neaten already pretty lines, with a new front end boasting the obligatory LED daytime running lights and a smart gloss black insert. There were new colours and, inside, a host of infinitesimal trim revisions. All sounds a bit so-what: luckily, the changes below the surface were more significant.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 TCE GT Nav 5dr Auto
7.1s 134g/km 47.1 205 £25,665
The cheapest
1.2 TCE Expression+ 5dr
10.6s 120g/km 52.3 130 £17,195
The greenest
1.5 dCi Dynamique Nav 5dr
11.3s 96g/km 76.4 110 £19,995
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