If budget is a concern, then it’s best you head straight for the entry-level Play. It comes with plenty of equipment so you won’t feel short-changed, and the TCe 140 engine is more economical than you might think. If there’s a bit more wiggle room in the budget, you could spend the extra on the more frugal BluedCi 115 diesel, but make sure you cover enough miles to warrant the extra outlay.
If you’re a company car driver, the manual BluedCi in Play or Iconic trim comes in with the lowest BIK costs. However, even the highest-spec car is only 2% higher, so you should have a good choice of cars if you’re a business user.
If you want outright performance, the TCe 140 isn’t really rapid enough. The good news is there’s the thrilling Renaultsport version with 280hp (or 300hp in Trophy form) that’s fantastic fun to drive.
May 2016 – New Megane available to order with first deliveries in July. Comes with a choice of two dCi diesels – a 1.5 and a 1.6 with 110hp and 130hp respectively, and two petrols – a TCe 130 and TCe 205. Trim levels are made up of Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature Nav, GT Line Nav and GT Nav.
June 2017 – Top-spec GT model becomes available as a diesel, powered by a twin-turbocharged 1.6-litre with 165hp and 380Nm of torque.
May 2018 – Renault Megane R.S. 280 available to order with 1.8-litre turbo engine with 280hp and 390Nm of torque. Comes with four-wheel steering, two chassis options and Brembo brakes, with a choice of manual or EDC auto gearboxes.
May 2018 – Whole Megane range also rearranged with new trim levels made up of Play, Iconic and GT Line.
December 2018 – New Megane R.S. 300 Trophy available to order. With 300hp and 400Nm (420Nm for EDC), it’s a more focused version of the 280 with a standard Cup chassis, firmer suspension, tighter spring rates, Brembo brakes and unique alloys.
Buying a new Renault Megane hatchback
- Simple trim level line-up
- All engines available with all specs
- Should prove good value on PCP finance
All Renault Megane models come with a generous amount of standard equipment, so even a Megane Play should keep you comfortable and entertained. However it’s worth upgrading to the more desirable Iconic for a couple of luxuries. We’d opt for the TCe 140 petrol which is refined and powerful enough for most.
You should be able to negotiate a good deal on a Megane as well, with Renault frequently offering competitive PCP finance costs. Alternatively, you could lease a Renault Megane for even less than going straight to the manufacturer.
Buying a used Renault Megane hatchback
Cars with optional driver assistance or safety packages have been given a good chance at a crash-free life, and are also less likely to have picked up knocks and scrapes in low-speed manoeuvres. Plus these gadgets will make your life behind the wheel easier too.
Make sure you have a really good look around the car regardless to make sure there are no kerbed wheels or bumper-knocks that could prove costly and annoying to set straight.
If you’re unsure of the car’s past, take out a Parkers Car History Check to ease your mind.
Selling your Renault Megane hatchback
Obviously, give the car a good wash and vacuum, while keeping a file of any work and maintenance you’ve had done will help you reel in prospective buyers.
It’s also worth getting a decent set of pictures done and listing your car on enthusiast websites, particularly if it’s a sportier GT or Renaultsport version which should attract a fanbase of its own.
Make sure you price it right by using the Parkers Valuation tool.