Renault Megane hatchback (2008-2013) review

Distinctively designed and well equipped, Renault’s latest Megane offers reasonable interior quality and class leading comfort. Hatchback versions are available in both five-door and sportier three-door Coupe form — while there is also a Sport Tourer estate and a folding hardtop convertible. The high-performance Renaultsport Megane Coupe is an exciting option for anyone looking for a competitively priced hot hatch.

But while the Megane five-door is called a hatchback, Renault labels the sportier looking three-door a coupé. The coupé has a lower roofline, different front-end styling and a firmer suspension set-up. Both models drive well. Diesel versions are cheap to run, and cabin quality is better than any Renault hatchback before, though not quite up to the standards of the Volkswagen Golf.

Renault’s Mégane Coupe-Cabriolet is a stylish hard-top convertible aimed at the Peugeot 308 CC and VW Eos. It’s offers good value for money and has an electric folding glass roof. With the roof up the cabin feel light and airy With the roof down the car suffers from a breezy cabin. There’s precious little rear space and a limited boot.

Meanwhile, the Megane Sport Tourer estate offers a useful blend of practicality with compact exterior dimensions. From the driver’s seat, the car doesn’t feel big and bulky, but it offers plenty of loading space. It’s still dwarfed by the cavernous Peugeot 308 SW and Skoda Octavia Estate. There’s a wide range of engines and trims to choose from, but most versions are well equipped and reasonably priced.