Renault Megane E-TECH Electric interior, dashboard & comfort

Renault’s new Google-powered infotainment system is slick, intuitive and overall one of the best we’ve tried

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

5.0 out of 5

Compared to the outgoing Renault ZOE, the Megane E-TECH’s interior quality is an astronomical leap forward. This is helped by the fact that the doors and switchgear all have a weighty feel to them. There are a lot of plastics used throughout the cabin, but the same is true of the MG4 EV and Volkswagen ID.3, and the Renault’s cabin design is significantly more impressive than either. Add to that a Google-powered infotainment system that sets a new benchmark in this class, and Renault has knocked it out of the park with the electric Megane’s interior.

Renault Megane E-TECH Electric dashboard

Renault introduced its new driver-focused cockpit design with the Megane E-TECH. Here it pairs a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel with a nine-inch central touchscreen, the latter being heavily angled towards the driver. Below that is a row of physical climate controls, which are a welcome addition to an already very functional cabin. In fact, all the buttons in the Megane’s cabin are easy to use – unlike the Cupra Born or Volkswagen ID.3’s infuriating touch-sensitive switchgear.

Other nice details include the use of textured fabric for the dashboard itself, which looks nicer than the usual leather or plastic. The steering wheel is a slightly unusual shape but looks great and is comfortable to hold, though having four separate stalks behind it for the gear selector, indicators, media controls and wipers, as well as the paddles of the regenerative braking, is a bit messy. That said, you needn’t worry about going into reverse when trying to turn your wipers on.

Equipment, options & accessories

The Megane E-TECH Electric currently starts from just under £36,000, with a choice of three trim levels – Equilibre, Techno and Launch Edition. There are also six paint colours available, with the option of a two-tone finish and either 18 or 20-inch alloy wheels.

Entry-level Equilibre cars come with loads of kit including a nine-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, LED headlights, heated front seats and steering wheel, a reversing camera, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 130kW rapid charging, and the functionality for over-the-air updates.

However, we’d recommend upgrading to the Techno trim (£38,495) if you can because it gets additional Google services like built-in navigation, as well as 20-inch alloys, chrome exterior trim, adaptive LED headlights, customised driving modes, 48-colour ambient lighting, wireless smartphone charging, plus adaptive cruise control, blind-spot recognition and rear cross-traffic alert.

Finally, there’s the limited-run Launch Edition (£39,995), which comes with a unique set of 20-inch alloy wheels, as well as a gold ‘F1 blade’ on the front bumper, nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, digital rear-view mirror and a 3D surround-view camera setup.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The Megane E-TECH uses a brand-new, Google-powered infotainment system and it’s quite simply one of the best we’ve tested. It’s called OpenR Link, and based on Android Automotive OS, much like the system found in the Polestar 2. The nine-inch central touchscreen is quick to respond and the graphics are super sharp, and all the menus are easy to navigate and use because they’re laid out like the menus on a smartphone. 

All but the base model also come with additional Google services like Google Maps built-in, with the option of a full-screen map display for the 12.3-inch instrument panel. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity come as standard, too, but the Renault’s system is so good you’re not that likely to use either. 

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