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Renault Mégane (2016 to 2022)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

68
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

64
%
D

Safety Rating:

58
%
D

Eco Rating:

75
%
A

Reliability Rating:

82
%
B

Running Costs:

72
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

68
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

64
%
D

Safety Rating:

58
%
D

Eco Rating:

75
%
A

Reliability Rating:

82
%
B

Running Costs:

72
%
A

Summary


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.

The Mégane appears to be have been particularly unpopular with What Car?, which gave both the hatchback and estate versions very low ratings. From other media titles, 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, so it wasn’t rated very highly.

As of May 2024, the Renault Mégane holds a Used Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 68%. It scores top marks for its low running costs and CO2 emissions, while its reliability record is also good. However, its safety rating has now expired due to age and its media review scores were poor.

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


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2015
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

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

Reliability rating

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All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Renault Mégane has a reliability rating that’s better than 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 a quarter 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 engine and gearbox issues have cropped up in Méganes. Although they are not as common as other faults, the average repair cost is about £600. If you’re looking at a used Mégane, make sure any extended warranty you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models47 mpgC45 – 49 mpgC – C
Diesel models61 mpgA60 – 63 mpgA – A
Plug-in hybrid models224 mpgA216 – 235 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models140 g/kmB130 – 152 g/kmA – B
Diesel models123 g/kmA117 – 135 g/kmA – A
Plug-in hybrid models29 g/kmA28 – 30 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models30 milesE30 – 30 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models20A16 – 22A – A

The Renault Mégane is a very affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Servicing and fuel costs, which tend to be the biggest expenses, are both competitive.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Renault Mégane has received

2017

  • Fleet World Honours – Best Lower Medium Car

2016

  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Family Car

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