Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

For those familiar with the old model, quality takes a huge leap forward with the new Megane CC. Apart from some unconvincing aluminium-effect plastic strips stuck on the interior door handles the CC impresses even beside some of its more expensive alternatives. It's also very easy to get a decent driving position.

Stiffer springs front and rear plus more aggressive dampers were needed to cope with the added weight introduced by the convertible's roof mechanism. The result is the Megane does ride firmer than the hatch, but is still cosseting enough to be comfortable. Unfortunately the CC shows little sophistication over sharp expansion joints. There’s also an unwanted wallowyness and noticeably more body roll through bends.