With its haphazardly placed displays and multimedia controls and a striking sense of antiquation, the outgoing Mégane’s cabin was in dire need of not just an update but a wholesale overhaul and renewal.
And in several key ways, the new interior is a big improvement. Renault has not cured its every quirk and shortcoming in one fell swoop, so there’s still a mixed story to report here.
But overall, the car can now be considered pleasant, usable and well equipped, although it’s still no standard setter on material quality, practicality or passenger space.
The wheelbase may have grown, but the packaging remains evidently flawed. The shallowness of the front footwells and proximity of the pedals force longer-legged drivers to use more of the car’s overall cabin length than they might normally do just to get comfortable, robbing those in the rear of space, with both foot and knee room remaining tight.
The boot is a good size and has a wide aperture, but its loading lip is high, there is no adjustable-height boot board and the rear seatbacks don’t fold entirely flat.
Cabin quality is good for the most part but still quite poor in a few places. The leather sections of our test car’s seats were soft and tactile, for example, but some of the plastics of its climate control console showed a disappointing finish.