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The Renault Megane looks bland, and it's not that good to drive either

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9 November 2009

I don't think even 1 out of 10 compact hatch buyers would notice any difference in handling between this Renault and Focus/Golf. They may be superior in this regard, but it seems this Megane handles safely and generally well enough for a typical driver.

9 November 2009

£18,635! For a Renault! 'Needlessly overpriced'! Once I've spent the next four years on the Renault configurator i'm sure I can make a pig ugly Megane cost £120k! Zut Alors! Proves once again, if you put a diamond badge on a turd moronic punters will queue up!

more power, more efficient engine, more room, same prize:

http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/RoadTestsData/Vauxhall-Astra-1.4T-SRi/244394/

Use your loaf peeps, save you dough on this needlessly ovepriced munter and get yourself into a bargain X1!

9 November 2009

[quote t.w.a.t.effort]£18,635! For a Renault! 'Needlessly overpriced'! Once I've spent the next four years on the Renault configurator i'm sure I can make a pig ugly Megane cost £120k! Zut Alors! Proves once again, if you put a diamond badge on a turd moronic punters will queue up! [/quote]

If you go for top spec, most, no nearly all, won't. Also, this model in Dynamique trim (or even TomTom) will more likely be rolling off the forecourt for £15k new.

9 November 2009

The Ugliest car ever created , built like a Trabant . Who would buy one ? a rip off at 15k

9 November 2009

why would you buy this car over a Golf, A3, 1 series, Leon, Mazda 3, Merc CLC, etc etc ? i SEE NO reason why any one would by this over some of the rivals mentioned above. And it looks weird to !

9 November 2009

It's keeping a few car hacks in a job.

9 November 2009

[quote moe360]

why would you buy this car over a Golf, A3, 1 series, Leon, Mazda 3, Merc CLC, etc etc ? i SEE NO reason why any one would by this over some of the rivals mentioned above. And it looks weird to !

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Golf - a 9yr old design, A3 likewise, 1 series is out of this price point, Leon again see Golfa3, CLC is not a family hatch, also out of pricepoint.

there seems to be a lot of unfounded prejudices about the latest Megane, probably by people who are basing it on Renault's reputation in 80s/90s. the latest Megane is incredibly well made with possibly the highest quality interiors in its class. It doesn't have the Golf or A3's back breaking ride and can be pressed hard over long distances which the Leon can't. For most families, the ride/handling, price/spec is pretty much what the want and need.

All in all, it's a very accomplished car.

9 November 2009

Including the VAT Increase you are looking at £19k as tested for something that looks like a sillborn 90's concept car..

£19k for a 128bhp Renault megane? Is this a joke? Before all the Renault apologists start posting comments like "it will leave the showroom 5k off " this car is aimed at company car drivers which goes by list price plus any accessories.



9 November 2009

[quote Mart_J]the latest Megane is incredibly well made with possibly the highest quality interiors in its class. It doesn't have the Golf or A3's back breaking ride[/quote]

From your post I can tell that you haven't been anywhere near the latest Golf. The Megane doesn't come close, although I will admit that it isn't as bad as others have said. Unless you want to sit in the back, in which case you'd better leave your legs at home.

9 November 2009

I am going to stand up for Renault here. I have had two, one dating from the mid-nineties. I am not going to pretend the first one was especially well built but it was bloody bullet proof. Put up with a new driver's abuse, including hitting a kerb at 30 (something I was hugely embarrassed about but, hey, you live and learn). When I got a bit older I bought a 52 reg Clio and that WAS pretty well built. Brilliantly designed for the city with plastic wings and nice big plastic rubbing strips and mechanically exemplary. Neither car was exciting to look at but the latter drove really well.

Looks are obviously subjective, and I am not convinced by this Megane, but on the other hand it is a breathof fresh air in an increasingly staid market. I am pretty bored of bland hatchbacks with big bumpers to protect people who walk in the road. I also think Renault should be commended for their advances in usable, greener engines. The 1.2 TCE in the Clio is mint and they are leading the way is small capacity, turbocharged engines, even if others are catching up. Add in that they are pretty advanced with the 'leccy cars and I think it is unfair to be so prejudiced based on outdated opinions of 70's/80's rotboxes.

I am not a Renault employee or their biggest fan but I do respect their forward-thinking and ability to be 'different.'

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