Currently reading: 2020 Renault Megane E-Tech plug-in hybrid priced from £30,685
Revised Mégane gains a dual-motor E-Tech hybrid variant, while RS 280 is dropped and 296bhp unit gets more torque
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25 August 2020

Renault has released pricing and technical spec details of its facelifted Mégane range, which includes an updated RS model and the first ever plug-in hybrid variant. 

Priced from £18,995, the Ford Focus rival's standard range has been slimmed down to just three trims: Play, Iconic and sportier RS-Line. Standard kit on the entry-level car includes 16in alloy wheels, smartphone compatability, a digital speedometer and full LED daytime-running lights, while mid-range Iconic cars gain front and rear parking sensors, a 7.0in touchscreen sat-nav and driver aids including lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. RS-Line brings the larger 9.3in touchscreen alongside a host of design upgrades. 

The most significant new range addition is the E-Tech plug-in hybrid, which is available from £30,685 on Iconic trim. It follows on from hybrid versions of the Clio and Captur crossover that use the same system: a 1.6-litre petrol engine mated to two electric motors and a new, multi-mode clutchless transmission, which Renault claims offers "excellent efficiency and barely noticeable gearchanges". 

Making 158bhp, the system features a 9.8kWh, 400V battery that allows a range of 30 miles, and the ability to travel at up to 84mph on electric power alone. It can dispatch 0-62mph in 9.8sec, with Renault claiming up to 217.3mpg and a CO2 figure of 30g/km. Customer deliveries for the PHEV begin in November. 

Further revisions across the range include the addition of Renault’s latest Easy Link infotainment system, first seen in the latest Clio, brought in alongside a new 10.2in digital instrument panel. A new level-two autonomous 'Motorway and Traffic Assistant' system is brought in, while new ‘Pure Vision’ LED headlights are offered.

The new RS-Line trim variant replaces GT-Line, while the entry-level RS 280 hot hatch has been dropped. As such, every RS model will be powered by a 296bhp engine and receive a 22lb ft torque boost when mated with the automatic gearbox option. The equipment tally for the RS has also increased, while a Trophy model and the Cup chassis option are still available. 

The updated Mégane range will go on sale next month, with deliveries expected before the end of the year. 

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3 February 2020

Have Renault updated the sloppy manual gearbox, overly-darty (unpredictable?) 4WS and bone-crushing suspension?  My understanding is that these were the main criticisms of the pre-facelift car - updated tech, styling and interior quality are all welcome, but I'd have thought Renault would take this opportunity to bring the RS versions up to Civic Type-R levels of greatness.  As an aside, it's a shame that there isn't an option to combine the softer suspension with the LSD. 

3 February 2020

Very good Renault model, highly underrated.

3 February 2020

I've got 2 friends who have one of these. Always liked the look of them on the outside. Inside, however, feels a bit cheap compared to my 16plate Golf. Nothing is wrong with it, just not as nice a place to be as it could be. 

Hopefully the hybrid won't cost the earth, it will be an interesting addition to the range

24 July 2020

spent a week being ferried about in an estate GT version in Spain last year, came away well impressed, very quiet, very refined, great ride, comfortable and the interior quality wasn't bad, the big screen worked well..

24 July 2020
V12smig wrote:

spent a week being ferried about in an estate GT version in Spain last year, came away well impressed, very quiet, very refined, great ride, comfortable and the interior quality wasn't bad, the big screen worked well..

Drive the megane in s-hole UK.. a rainy Guilford drive experience will change your tune. using Spain is a bad idea, Spains roads are 1000x better than Uk's so it will hide rock hard suspensions that would break your back driving over uks potholed roads.. You will also be in a better mood in Spain because of the holiday high so more likely to put a positive spin on the car. Also hot climates can hide harsh engine noises that you would hear in the colder UK This is why car companies always pay and fly over publications like autocar to a five star hotels in Spain or Portugal to road-test for the above reasons..

24 July 2020
It's a shame that there is no estate version of the RS and also (as has already been stated) you can't have the slippery diff without the firmer Cup springs and dampers.

Ps I think the new front bumper is a step backwards.

24 July 2020
Wait... Didn't you say Megane will be discontinued?

24 July 2020

I'll comment here as there is no comment section on Bentley article.  What a master stoke. And dare I say, a bargin!  Good job Bentley, already waiting for the plummet! LOL

25 August 2020

Base version will look interesting inside, no centre screen, that's to base for my liking.  Never thought I'd see a 160ps hatch back scrap the 0-60 time in at just under 10 seconds, progress emmm. Tax dodgers only please. 

Oh and 217mpg, that beats the LEAF can someone explain please 

25 August 2020

Almost 31K for a Megane which can do 60 in 10 seconds is  downright absurd. I imagine it being a major flop unless they discound the price by at least 5K

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