Currently reading: Renault Megane exits UK market after 27 years
French Ford Focus rival exits after four generations, leaving behind the similarly sized Megane E-Tech EV

The combustion-powered Renault Mégane has bowed out of production for the UK after 27 years and four generations, Autocar has learned, leaving behind the new electric hatchback of the same name. 

The fourth-generation Mégane was introduced at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show and went on sale the following summer. It was available in traditional five-door hatchback, estate and – outside the UK – saloon bodystyles - which will continue to be produced in left-hand-drive forms for roughly another two years for various global markets. 

Made in Spain and Turkey, it also spawned the firm's final performance car to bear the RenaultSport badge, before that division was rebranded as Alpine. The Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R took the front-wheel-drive lap record at the Nürburgring in 2019. 

The Mégane only recently went solely hybrid in the UK, dropping pure-petrol and diesel engines in favour of a 1.6-litre petrol mated to a 65bhp electric motor for a combined 158bhp - a set-up that also features in the Clio and Captur hybrids.

Figures sourced by Autocar reveal that in 2021, its fifth and final full year on sale, the Mégane sold 793 units in the UK, split roughly evenly between fleet and private buyers. For context, UK buyers bought 21,800 examples of the similarly sized Ford Focus and 30,200 Volkswagen Golfs. 

Megane sport profile

But globally, the Mégane has historically been a significant contributor to Renault's global sales volumes, with the most recent model's sales peaking at 168,000 units in 2017, and nudging 70,000 even in 2021.

According to figures from carsalesbase.com, Renault sold 465,778 Mégane models globally in 2004 - the model's best year on record. 

The Mégane's successor is a similarly conceived hatchback – albeit one that's more SUV-esque in stature. The Renault Mégane E-Tech rides on the same CMF-EV architecture as Alliance partner Nissan's new Ariya and will be followed into dealerships in 2024 by a technically similar compact SUV called the Scenic

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For now, the Renault Captur crossover will fill the petrol-powered C-segment role in Renault's UK line-up, flanked by the smaller Renault Clio supermini and the larger Renault Arkana coupé-crossover. 

Renault recently confirmed to Autocar that it will sell the new Austral, a hybrid-only mid-sized SUV to rival the Toyota RAV4, in the UK from mid-2023. The Austral recently entered production at the same Palencia, Spain plant where the Mégane had been built.

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Bob Cat Brian 19 July 2022

Bit of a non-story when the EV Megane has been revealed already. I imagine the existing stock will cover the trickle of sales until the EV is on sale.

finecitytom 19 July 2022

March 2007.

Took delivery of a second gen five door GT in almost black.

2 litre diesel 150hp, six speed, leather, climate, loads of kit...

£12.5k interest free over 4 years after p/x our fab little Clio.

Couldn't have been happier.

What a piece of carp it was...

Constant electrical issues. The alarm was so bad we ended up having to leave it parked on the drive with a door open as otherwise it would re-arm and them randomly go off all night. A/C compressor chewed itself to pieces after 2 years. Two wheels cracked in a medium sized pot hole. I could go on.

Vowed never to have another Renault.

Never got tired of looking at it tho... loved that rear.

Zeddy 19 July 2022
[For now, the Renault Captur crossover will fill the petrol-powered C-segment role in Renault's line-up, flanked by the smaller Renault Clio]

I'd love to know how much more space the Captur really has.

Andrew1 19 July 2022
Probably none, like all SUVs compared to the hatchbacks they derived from.
legless 19 July 2022

Probably less.

The Captur doesn't really have much more space in it than the Clio on which it's based.