Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Interior has an interesting and stylish design
  • Portrait touchscreen on higher-spec models
  • Quality is good on the whole, with good driving position  

The interior of the Megane is a pleasant place – especially as it has a feel unlike most of its rivals, largely thanks to a more upright centre console that houses a portrait-oriented touchscreen on higher-spec models. The larger portrait central screen looks good and complements the digital dials nicely, but the software used looks and feels a little dated compared with much crisper and sharper graphics found on newer rivals.

While the main dashboard is squidgy and a pleasing shape, there are some scratchier plastics knocking around the cabin. We think this will be more obvious on cheaper cars, which don’t benefit from the fancy garnishes seen on the range’s upper echelons. However, the GT Line cars come with lashings of blue trim across the dashboard which, in combination with optionally-added seats (also with blue trim) and blue ambient lighting, can look a bit naff. Also, the area around the touchscreen looks grubby and greasy quite easily.

However, it’s very easy to get comfortable in the front of the Megane. There’s plenty of adjustment in the seats and in the steering wheel, plus the seats themselves are very supportive and comfortable – even on entry-level cars. 

  • Excellent seats on all Megane models
  • Comfortable ride across the range
  • Only higher-spec models with larger wheels suffer

The Renault Megane strikes a good balance between driver enjoyment and comfort – the ride quality, especially, manages to tread this line well.

Higher-spec cars are firmer thanks to larger wheels and lower-profile tyres, but feature great supportive seats that knock the hard edges off some of the lumpier movements of the chassis.

It’s quite refined on the move too, with little wind or tyre noise finding its way into the cabin, although at lower speeds the Megane’s suspension can feel more jittery than an equivalent Volkswagen Golf or Hyundai i30; even if it’s on a par with the majority of other medium family hatchbacks.