The Renault Megane has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years since it was announced as a replacement for the old Renault 19. The first few editions of the famous French car caught the imagination of the driver with its nice design and middle of the market price tag.
The Megane has been around since 1995 and has undergone some serious facelifts along the way across all body types including the hatch, saloon, coupe, convertible and estate
In 2008 Renault released the most recent and third generation of the Megane and it is undoubtedly a much improved version of its predecessor.
Sleek bodylines and ample cabin space make the Megane a perfect vehicle for both the first time driver and the more space conscious family. Whatever you need from a vehicle it seems the Renault Megane can live up to and beyond your expectations.
To look at the Megane is sporty, neat and very easy on the eye with a rear view that surpasses most vehicles. As standard the Megane Dynamique 1.5 DCi comes with 16” alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers and door mirrors for a consistently smooth appearance.
The theme of well styled design continues to the interior and this is where the new shape earns its money even more than the previous models.
A dash board complete with a built in TomTom sat nav and audio controls on the steering wheel are just two of the modern features added for a luxury feel. If you enjoy the thought of cruise control to take some of the driving strain from you, then this is the car for you.
Other features include a CD Player with a USB connection and Aux In socket which plays through 4 x 20w speakers. You can also connect your phone for Bluetooth hands free use and easily control through the previously mentioned fingertip controls on the steering wheel.
First impressions of the interior and exterior promise a lot with the careful design and addition of some very useful luxury gadgets so would it fall down on the driving experience?
We took the Megane for a test drive through various different types of terrain including the motorway, onto some city roads and finally through the East Lancs countryside to try and get a balanced view of how it handles for the different types of journey a normal driver would partake.
With a manufacturer released miles per gallon of 72.4 urban, 88.3 extra urban and an impressive combined mpg of 80.7 we expected to be able to get around for a smaller investment than the previous Megane’s.
Throughout the test drive the car handled very well, was comfortable when in stationery traffic and the six speed gearbox enabled the motorway leg of the drive to be steady, smooth and without a massive heave-ho from the engine ad the rev counter stayed within a reasonable number as the speed increased.
The interior comfort and the space of a car makes any type of journey easier and the designers over at Renault have been hard at work ensuring this new model makes light work of traffic or long motorway commutes.
With very few negatives the future looks bright for the Megane family and the average car buyer can now afford something a little special when it comes to spec and looking good without breaking the bank.
View the Renault Megane available to lease from Hippo, here.