Renault Megane E-TECH running costs & insurance

The 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

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual CC cost (20%/40%)
26-275yrs/100,000 milesTBCFrom £148/£296

It might not be the cheapest electric family car we’ve tested recently, but the Megane E-TECH’s price tag is on par with the Kia Niro EV, or the equivalent Cupra Born or Volkswagen ID.3. Better still, Renault’s electric hatchback will cost less to run for both private buyers and company-car drivers than the petrol, diesel or hybrid Meganes that came before.

Renault Megane E-TECH insurance group

The Megane E-TECH falls into insurance group 26 or 27 depending on which trim level you go for. That is an increase over the recently discontinued, petrol and diesel-powered Renault Meganes, but at least the new EV’s key rivals – the Cupra Born, MG4 EV and Kia Niro EV – all attract very similar insurance ratings, making the Renault no more expensive to cover.

Warranty

The electric Megane comes with a generous five-year/100,000-mile guarantee, while the battery itself receives an eight-year warranty. The former isn’t quite as lengthy as a Niro EV or MG4 EV’s seven-year warranty, but it’s still pretty good and will provide you with sufficient coverage over a three or four-year lease.

Servicing

We’ve yet to confirm service intervals for the Megane E-TECH, but we expect it’ll have a similar schedule to the Renault ZOE, which only needs to be looked at once a year or every 18,000 miles (whichever comes first). Renault does offer various fixed-price servicing plans, which you can purchase up front when buying the car or spread across monthly payments.

Road tax

As with all electric cars, you currently don’t need to pay any vehicle excise duty (VED, otherwise known as road tax) with the Megane E-TECH. It’s also exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025 and for the next few financial years attracts a low 2% Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax rate – significantly less than the old petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid Meganes.

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