At the front of the Renault Megane's cabin, the dashboard has been designed to give the impression that it is floating.
At the front of the Renault Megane's cabin, the dashboard has been designed to give the impression that it is floating. The no-nonsense layout of the controls on the centre console, provide a focal point to the bowed fascia that bulges out to meet the tunnel console and gear-shift. A glossy trim section forms a border on the passenger side, marking the point between the deep fascia top and the top of the glovebox.
Where a satellite-navigation system is fitted, the 7-inch colour-screen occupies a central position atop the dashboard, in line of sight and next to the heavily-cowled instrument panel. The main feature of this area is a large central dial with a white face and chrome bezel, in which are displayed a digital speedometer, oil temperature, fuel gauge and door-open diagram, in a fine graphic format. It is quite unusual and very easy to read.
The front seats are well bolstered and sporty, providing plenty of support during enthusiastic driving and comfort for more subdued journeys. Behind, there is adequate legroom for adults to sit in comfort and the two outer seats have ISOFIX child-seat mounting points.
Generally, the Renault Megane's interior ambience is one of controlled enthusiasm. The well-finished cabin is fairly light and airy. It does depend on the interior colour somewhat, but in any case the addition of the sunroof makes it just a bit nicer.
With the change in the tail-end comes an increase in boot space from 330- to 372-litres, or more depending whether a spare tyre is carried or not. When the rear seats are folded the luggage capacity increases to a maximum of 1,129-litres, plus the many other smaller storage cubbies.
Renault Megane Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Megane Hatch 1.9 DCi 130|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||127 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||64.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 13/05/09)||£19,150|