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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Renault Megane Hatchback review.

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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Renault Megane running costs are acceptable for what is a small family car. Obviously, the diesels are more economical, but also more expensive to buy so only consider one if you cover high mileages. The smaller-engined petrols should suit careful spenders while insurance and servicing costs are both affordable.

Thanks to better aerodynamics, lighter bodywork and frugal diesel engines, the Renault Megane emissions ratings are kept relatively low. The 86bhp version of the 1.5dCi engine emits 118g/km and returns a claimed 63mpg on average. Even the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol version has good fuel economy given its performance, with a figure of 37mpg. In 2012 the Megane became even greener with the aid of having a new diesel engine on its range.

The dCi 110 Stop/start will return a claimed average of 80.7mpg of CO2 and emit 90g/km making this Megane of the most cost effective cars in its class.

The improvement in build quality means Renault Megane reliability should be in line with many of its rivals. The French car makers has made durability a major goal for the new Megane. The quality of the finish is very impressive and should bode well for improved reliability compared to the old model. That's good news as the previous Megane had numerous recalls for faults.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,098 - £1,616 *
Diesel 131p £744 - £1,418 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.5 DCI (110bhp) Diesel,
1.5 DCI Diesel
90 g/km (Min) £0
2.0 TCE Petrol 178 g/km (Max) £260

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £260
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 12 - 31
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.