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Renault Megane E-Tech review: reliability & safety rating

A five-star crash-test rating, coupled with a strong selection of standard safety kit, put the electric family hatchback in good stead

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assistance
5 stars (2022)85%88%79%

While the Renault Megane has been around for nearly three decades, this is an all-new, all-electric model that uses a brand-new, EV-specific platform shared with the Nissan Ariya family SUV. Both cars are new for 2022, so it’s hard to say for sure if the new Megane E-Tech is reliable at this point, but it does at least boast a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating and the Renault ZOE has proved to be a very dependable EV.

Renault Megane E-Tech reliability & problems

As mentioned, Renault’s second EV to date hasn’t been on the road long enough for us to get any solid reliability data yet – and neither has the closely related Nissan Ariya. But while EVs are generally more reliable than the equivalent petrol-powered models – and the Megane E-Tech comes with a decent five-year warranty – Renault’s performance in the most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey leaves something to be desired. The French brand finished 29th out of 32 on the list of best car manufacturers, with 25% of owners reporting a fault with their car within the first year of ownership. However, while this figure is certainly above average, most respondents were complaining about Renault’s petrol-powered cars.

Safety

The Megane E-Tech received the maximum five-star rating from Euro NCAP earlier this year, with every model coming as standard with a variety of safety features. On entry-level models that includes driver drowsiness detection, automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition, while top-spec versions get level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, combining adaptive cruise control and lane centring, plus a rear view camera among other kit. There’s also two ISOFIX points in the rear, and numerous airbags across the cabin.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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