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Renault Megane E-Tech Electric review

£33,940 - £41,940
Published: 05 Mar 2024


What should I be paying?

The range is simple: three trims called Equilibre, Techno+ and Iconic. Predictably the Launch Edition has done its job and has been sent to the Retirement Home for Aged Cabins now that the Megane has been on the block a little while.

Equilibre kicks things off at £34,495. Standard features include the 22kW onboard charger, a 12.3-inch driver display and nine-inch infotainment screen, wireless smartphone connectivity, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, shedloads of safety gizmos, a heated leather steering wheel, heated front seats, ambient lighting, two-zone climate control, automatic wipers and LED headlights.

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Oh, and a couple of USB-C sockets front and back. Gotta distract those rear dwellers from the lack of foot room somehow.

All trim levels are mechanically identical apart from the wheel size: the base one has 18s, everything else gets 20s.

Techno+ starts from £36,495, and for your extra two grand you get that all-important heat pump, adaptive headlights, posher seats, tinted rear glass, a fancier Arkamys audio system and adaptive cruise control. You also get driving modes, but they make little difference in practice.

Make that final step up to Iconic for £38,495 and you get an even-fancier-still Harman Kardon hi-fi and a different alloy wheel design.

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Monthly figures start from a gnat's whisker under £400, assuming you put £5k down on an Equilibre and pay the rest off (minus the optional final payment) over four years at 7.9 per cent APR. That's with an annual allowance of just 6,000 miles though.

Which one should I have?

No need to complicate this: go for Techno+ if you can afford it as you'll make plenty of the extra spend back thanks to the efficiency afforded by the heat pump. If not, stick with the Equilibre: it comes with most of the stuff you want and you won't break the bank charging it up.

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