Renault Megane Sport Tourer E-TECH hybrid interior & comfort
The Megane estate hybrid's interior isn't at the cutting edge of the class, but it's reasonably comfortable, sturdy and well equipped
The Renault Megane E-TECH hybrid is comfortable over bumps and when running on electric power – as it does automatically at low speeds, or all the time if you set it to; it's very relaxed and quiet.
Renault Megane hybrid dashboard
The current Megane looks a little dated inside at this point, especially as models such as the latest Skoda Octavia have made more progress in this area. There’s plenty of space inside at least, and the quality of materials inside isn’t bad. There are some plastics that feel a bit cheap, but most of the touch points are soft and appropriately specified for the car’s price point. That means it’s somewhere between a Renault Clio and a BMW 3 Series in terms of quality.
Equipment, options & accessories
The Megane hybrid is available in Iconic and R.S. Line trim levels, and all models get alloy wheels and LED lights, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a seven-inch digital instrument cluster and automatic dual-zone climate control.
The more expensive R.S. Line adds sportier styling, bigger wheels, a rear parking camera, a 10-inch drivers’ display and a larger 9.3-inch touchscreen.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The portrait-orientated touchscreen looks nice when it’s switched off, and the graphics are okay once the car’s running – if a little dated-looking. Its main problem is how fiddly it is to use, especially while driving; it seems to take multiple taps to get certain functions to work.
The digital dial display is similarly average to look at, and while it’s got all the functions you need, it doesn’t look as smart as the set-up in, for example, a Volkswagen or Skoda model.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThose after a spacious and cheap-to-run family car should take a close look at the Renault Megane plug-in hybrid estate
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe hybrid Megane estate has the typically low running costs of a plug-in hybrid, but it's not class-leading in this respect
- 3Running costsRunning costs are par for the plug-in hybrid course with the Megane hybrid estate, and as always, it's company car users who stand to benefit most
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThere are faster plug-in hybrids on the market, but the Megane offers a reasonably comfortable driving experience
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Megane estate hybrid's interior isn't at the cutting edge of the class, but it's reasonably comfortable, sturdy and well equipped
- 6Practicality & boot spaceEstate is the only bodystyle option for now, which makes the Megane hybrid a very practical choice by default
- 7Reliability & safetyA long warranty and strong crash-test results bode well for the Megane hybrid in these areas