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Renault Megane (2008-2016) Buying Guide

Renault Megane (2008-2016)
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by Richard Dredge

The Renault Megane Mk3 offered one of the widest models ranges imaginable, with a wide array of engines, trims and bodystyles to choose from. As well as three- and five-door hatchbacks there was also an estate and a coupe-cabriolet, numerous facelifts plus a variety of hot RenaultSport editions. So you're spoiled for choice - but pinning down exactly which is the right model for you can be bewildering. We'd say it's worth the effort though because the Megane represents great value and while it's no class leader in any respect, it's just the job for budget-conscious buyers in the market for a family car.

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Strong value
Low running costs
Comfortable
Handling
Efficient engines
Wide model range
Smart looks
Low-rent cabin materials
Cramped rear seats
Low-rent image
Key Dates 
11/08The Megane Mk3 arrives in three- and five-door forms, with 1.6 VVT 100 and 110 or 2.0 TCe 180 petrol options, plus 1.5 dCi 86 and 106 or 1.9 dCi 130 diesels. There are Expression, Dynamique and Privilege trims.
1/09A 1.4 TCe 130 petrol engine joins the range.
4/09There's a new entry-level Extreme trim level.
6/09A Sport Tourer (estate) reaches showrooms.
1/10The first RenaultSport (RS) model arrives, the RS250.
4/10A Megane coupe-cabriolet is unveiled.
1/11The range now comprises of Expression, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom.
1/12A 1.6 dCi engine arrives and a facelift brings styling updates while a turbocharged 1.2 TCe petrol engine replaces the 1.6 VVT. The RS265 replaces the RS250.
4/14There are styling changes and the 1.4 TCe engine is now offered with a dual-clutch transmission.
9/15The RS275 supersedes the RS265.
Checklist 
  • Modern tech such as tyre pressure monitoring, city braking and lane keep assist weren't available at all.
  • Panel gaps aren't always tight, so don't assume that poor shut lines mean the car has been crashed.
  • The standard-fit stereo lacks power and sound quality, but upgrades are possible.
  • Diesel particulate filter issues are common, usually because of low-mileage owners. Diesel fuel economy can be a gripe too.
  • Premature clutch wear has been a real issue for some Megane owners; the parts can fail after less than 20,000 miles.
  • Rear seat head room isn't very generous thanks to the sloping roof line, and there isn't enough leg room for six-footers either.
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