Renault Megane E-Tech review: performance, motor & drive
Refinement and ride comfort are both excellent in the first zero-emissions Megane, and there’s plenty of power for an electric family car
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Weighing at over 1.6 tonnes, the Renault Megane E-Tech is quite a bit heavier than previous generation Meganes, but you’d never know that from the driver’s seat. Performance is strong thanks to a 217bhp electric motor powering the front wheels, and even riding on relatively large 20-inch alloy wheels, the electric hatchback’s ride is very comfortable. Rear visibility isn’t great though.
Renault Megane E-Tech 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
Renault says 0-62mph in the Megane E-Tech takes 7.5 seconds, but it does feel faster. Floor the accelerator and you’re hit with an instant wave of torque (300Nm) that shoves you back in your seat, but after that initial kick the power delivery is very smooth all the way up to motorway speeds.
The 217bhp the Megane E-Tech’s single electric motor produces might not sound like a lot, but it’s plenty for overtaking on the motorway and blasting along country roads. Though being front wheel drive, the front tyres can scramble for grip if you’re a bit too overzealous with your right foot.
Aside from a slight tendency to fidget on the road at lower speeds, the Megane E-Tech is a composed, comfortable and very refined electric family car. Light, quick steering helps when driving around town and manoeuvring in tight car parks, and even when riding on 20-inch wheels, potholes and bumps are rounded off nicely. Head out of town and get on the motorway, and the Megane E-Tech excels; very little road or wind noise makes its way into the cabin. It’s good to drive on a twisty B-road, but it isn't quite as fun as the MG4 EV.
In This Review
- 1VerdictComfortable, refined and with one of the best infotainment systems in the business: there’s a lot to like about Renault’s electric family car
- 2Range, battery & chargingRange and rapid charging speeds are closely matched with rivals from VW and MG
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe electric Renault Megane’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty isn’t class-leading, but generous enough to provide drivers with peace of mind over your average lease contract
- 4Performance, motor & drive - currently readingRefinement and ride comfort are both excellent in the first zero-emissions Megane, and there’s plenty of power for an electric family car
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentRenault’s new Google-powered infotainment system is slick, intuitive and overall one of the best we’ve tried
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityBoot space is better than you’ll get in a Volkswagen ID.3, but rear legroom is a bit tight for taller passengers
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA five-star crash-test rating, coupled with a strong selection of standard safety kit, put the electric family hatchback in good stead