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Renault Mégane (2016 to 2022)

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Renault Mégane (2016 to 2022)

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    The Renault Mégane was a mid-size family car, available as either a hatchback and Sport Tourer (estate, in plain English). This model was the fourth generation, launched in the summer of 2016 and replaced in 2022 by the all-electric Mégane E-Tech.

    Unlike the previous generation, this model was not produced in coupé or convertible versions. Initially sold with either petrol or diesel engines, a plug-in hybrid powertrain joined the range as part of a mid-life facelift that appeared in the UK in the second half of 2020. The top-spec version of the hatchback was the Mégane RS (Renault Sport), which is covered by a separate page and is not included in this rating.

    By the time the Mégane was withdrawn from sale in 2022, its Expert Rating had fallen to 64%, which placed it firmly in the bottom half of the mid-size hatchback sector. The Mégane appears to be have been particularly unpopular with What Car?, which gave both the hatchback and estate versions very low ratings. However, even excluding those scores wouldn’t have lifted the Mégane out of the bottom half of its class.

    The Renault Mégane was praised for its distinctive styling both inside and out, and for a generally stong level of standard equipment. However, it is not as spacious as many rivals and lacks the overall quality of the best in the class.

    Key specifications

    Body style: Five-door hatchback and estate
    Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £18,765 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2016
    Last updated: Summer 2018
    Replaced: Summer 2022

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    Safety rating

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    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: December 2015
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    Adult protection: 88%
    Child protection: 87%
    Vulnerable road users: 71%
    Safety assist: 71%

    Note on safety rating

    The Renault Mégane was tested by Euro NCAP in December 2015 and awarded a five-star rating with very good scores across the board. However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid. This is normal for Euro NCAP ratings, as the standards required to achieve each star rating get tougher every year.

    However, if you’re looking at purchasing a used Mégane, you should certainly consider it to be a very safe car when compared to other cars from the same era (2016 to 2021).

    Eco rating

    No eco rating

    The Renault Mégane was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production cycle.

    Reliability rating

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    The Renault Mégane has a reliability rating that it slightly below average, according to exclusive warranty data provided to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy. This score covers both this generation of Mégane as well as previous models.

    The most common problems for Mégane owners, with more than half of all warranty claims, are braking system issues. Fortunately, these have been relatively inexpensive with an average repair cost of less than £200. Likewise, suspension faults are fairly common but relatively inexpensive.

    It’s worth noting that gearbox issues have cropped up in Méganes, Although they account for only about one in ten claims, the average repair cost is about £1,400. If you’re looking at a used Mégane, make sure any extended warranty you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Renault Mégane has received


    • Fleet World Honours – Best Lower Medium Car


    • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Family Car

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    Renault Mégane (2016 to 2022)The Renault Mégane has distinctive styling and generous equipment levels, but it's not as spacious and lacks the quality of its main rivals.