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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

There’s a range of petrol and diesel engines on offer providing Renault Megane performance.

Diesel engines from launch

It's little surprise that the diesels are more popular in the Megane with the lesser powered 86bhp 1.5-litre (withdrawn at the start of 2014) offering low CO2 emissions of 118g/km along with acceptable performance, especially around town. Renault Megane performance is provided by the top-of-the range 128bhp 1.9-litre dCi that impresses with its smooth, refined power delivery (0-62mph takes 9.5 seconds) and cruises quietly at motorway speeds.

Petrol engines from launch

The petrol range includes a 1.6-litre engine which is available in two outputs of 98bhp or 108bhp, plus a top of the range turbocharged 2.0-litre TCe unit, dropped at the 2014 facelift. With 177bhp on tap, this sprints from 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds but still returns an acceptable 37mpg. A six-speed gearbox is standard on most models and it's a typical Renault affair being easy to use if a little long shifting between gears. It does suit the bigger diesel engine well, making the most of the power, while the 1.6-litre 100 and 1.5 dCi 86 make do with a five-speed transmission.

New engines added

In 2012 Renault added the all-new 113bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. It's mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and replaces the 1.4-litre petrol. It's a practical and financially sound option. It returns good average fuel economy of 53.3mpg and low CO2 emissions of 119g/km. This version can get from zero to 62mph in 10.9 seconds and it has a top speed of 118mph. When passing slower traffic (especially uphill) you will have to plan manoeuvres well in advance and be prepared to work the 'box making long journeys arduous.

There was also a 1.6-litre dCi engine introduced to replace the 1.9-litre 128bhp unit. This engine is remarkably refined and capable of very impressive running costs. The 1.5-litre dCi was also upgraded, now boasting 108bhp.

Additionally a 128bhp edition of the 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine arrived in summer 2013.

The Megane comes with an electric power steering system which is both well-weighted and makes for accurate cornering. This allows the driver to easily steer the Megane round the tightest of bends while instilling plenty of confidence. The ride is well controlled, providing a comfortable journey for passengers while also delivering taut cornering on country roads.

It isn’t as nimble as the Ford Focus or as refined as the Volkswagen Golf, but is nonetheless enjoyable to drive.