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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

There is a general theme to the whole Renault Megane line-up: prices are on the low side, while discounts are on the high side: you can expect around 10 percent off all but the very cheapest Mégane and the Renaultsport models.

Running costs are reasonable, too. Fuel economy is good across the range with most models (apart from the warm and hot models) getting close to or exceeding 40mpg as an official average, while all the diesels bar one comfortably exceed 50mpg. Our pick in terms of the economy vs performance balance would be the 109bhp 1.5 dCi engine, which is available on all but the CC model. The recent introduction of stop-start has allowed that engine to produce just 90g/km in Expression trim. The excellent 1.6-litre diesel is only available in Dynamique and GT Line trim, making it fairly expensive.

Prices are on the low side, while discounts are on the high side

Equipment levels are strong, too, with Renault’s tie-up with navigation specialists Tom Tom paying dividends with some competitively priced models with sat-nav as standard. On the downside, resale values are among the lowest in the class. Service intervals are impressively wide-spaced at 18,000 miles, though.

Like the rest of the range, the Renaultsport Méganes look conspicuously good value next to heavy-hitting rivals that cost nearer 30 grand. It even undercuts the less powerful (and slower) Volkswagen Golf GTI. The standard specification includes rear parking sensors, air-con and a CD/radio with MP3 connectivity.