Renault Grand Megane Review: 2010 Model | Grand Megane | Car Buyers Guide

2010 Renault Grande Megane Review

Let's be honest here, in the family car class there are other vehicles that garner a lot more positive press than the Renault Mégane. It's a pretty car but not handsome like, say, the Fiat Bravo. It drives decently but nowhere near as well as the Ford Focus. It feels well made but it's no VW Golf. And it's green but it's not Honda Insight or Toyota Prius green. That means that the Mégane has lacked an edge over its rivals since it was launched a year ago but now it has the mother of all recession-friendly selling points: Price.

Thanks to a variety of cashback deals and discounts, Renault has knocked around €6,000 off the price of the average Mégane, and not just the gammy petrol models that nobody will want off you in three or four years' time – I'm talking about the Band A diesel models, too. Even if you ignore the Government scrappage bonus of €1,500, a well-equipped 1.5 dCi 86hp could be on your driveway for €16,300, or just €14,800 with scrappage. That's base-model supermini money, for heaven's sake, while a top-of-the-line TomTom Edition like the car I'm driving (with the same 1.5 dCi 86hp engine) costs just €18,800 without scrappage or €17,300 if you have some scrap to scrap. To put that kind of value into perspective for you, my sister just paid more than €19,000 for a Fiesta 1.25 Titanium.

And it gets better. Right now the Grande Mégane, the estate version tested here, costs the same as the five-door hatch so you get all that extra space for exactly no extra cash. Demented, isn't it? A family-sized estate with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, alloy wheels and a full integrated TomTom navigations system all as standard for less than the price of a Fiesta with a lower specification? Now that's what I call a selling point.

The public has already responded. Mégane sales are up a comical 129 percent versus 2009 and while you could argue that buying discounted cars like the Mégane will hurt residuals, many of those customers aren't likely to buy another new car for years, by which time it won't really matter what you drive – they'll all be worth nothing.

Before we get carried away, though, I do need to remind you of what you're not getting with when you buy a Mégane. Despite the high specification Renault has relegated stability control to the options list while it's increasingly standard on family cars in Europe these days. Odd ommission, this, considering that Renault sells (or at least sold) itself on safety. You do get a fabulously comfy ride but the handling isn't that exciting, mainly because the steering is a bit numb. The cabin isn't bad to look at and it's relatively simple to use but the reclined dials (with its too-bright digital speedo) are annoying and the stereo/phone remote controls are unfathomable. And while there's no beauty queens in the family class, the Mégane, particularly in that metallic beige colour Renault has insisted in using during the car's launch, seems particularly homely.

Still, in the grande (geddit) scheme of things, there's nothing in my snag list that's a deal breaker, apart from stability control. If Renault was charging full whack it might not stack up against its best rivals but at those prices you really can't complain too much. What's that you say? What about quality? Reliability? True, Renault doesn't have a great record in this regard but for added peace of mind you can now spend a few quid extra on an extended warranty that will cover the car, aside from normal wear and tear items, for five years and which can also be transferred onto a new owner should you decide to sell it on.

Renault has even conjured up its own low-interest finance scheme that they can whip up in the showroom while you get your head around the giveaway prices. Add all these factors together and it's easy to see why there are so many Méganes on the road all of a sudden, and as long as you accept that things could go either way resale time, it's tough to make a case against the Renault Grande Mégane.


Renault Grande Mégane 1.5 dCi 86 TomTom Edition



1,461cc turbodiesel 4-cyl


Power @ rpm

[email protected],750,

[email protected],750



5-sp manual FWD



0-100km/h 13.3 seconds


Top speed






CO2 emissions



CO2 Tax Band

A (€104 p.a.)





Boot capacity

584l min, 1,595l max





Price as tested:

€17,750 (incl. metallic & scrappage)



Kit, price, practicality, ride



Not much fun to drive, image





Compare specs to an alternative car!
€ 23,590 when New

Key Facts

New Price
€ 23,590


Grand Megane
First Launched
Engine & Transmission
6 Speed
Fuel type
Body Type

Running Costs

Tax Band
Average L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
Fuel Tank Range (km)
CO2 emmissions (g/km)
Emission Standard EU


Driven Wheels
Engine (L)
Break Horsepower
Top Speed
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
Turbo Charged

Space & Practicality

Boot capacity (L)
Tyre Size Back
205/55 R17


Euro NCAP Star Rating

Renault Grand Megane (2009)


Comfortable ride and economical engine choice


Rival estates are more fun to drive

Our Rating 3/5
  • Performance
  • Ride & Handling
  • Refinement
  • Quality & Reliability
  • Safety & Security
  • Space & Practicality
  • Verdict

The Renault Grand Megane is the stretched Estate version of the Megane Hatch offering additional space and extra practicality.


The Grand Megane gets an identical model line-up to that of its Megane Hatch sibling. Starting with petrol, the option is a 1.2 litre TCe115 four cylinder engine with 115bhp mated to a five speed manual gearbox. There diesel option has two varying power outputs that range from the 1.5 litre dCi95 with 95bhp and the dCi110 with 110bhp mated to an optional automatic gearbox. The standard engines are both economical with the diesel being the choice for motorway mileage. The dCi110 does feel more suited to the estate additional size.

Ride & Handling

The Grand Megane is designed more for comfort than handling. With that in mind, its steering is nice and direct, but it does have a tendency to lean in the corners. It gets slightly upset by everyday lumps and bumps too but overall it offers decent ride quality. If you would like a bit of extra sportiness from your family estate, then the GT Line trim might be the best choice. It comes with a stiffer suspension setup and a marginally more dynamic driving experience. It is however a very comfortable motorway cruiser and long journeys are made easy by this.


There are four trim lines and specifications to choose from within the Grand Megane line-up. The same trim lines apply to all three model variants. These are Expression, Dynamique, Limited and GT Line. The core feature are very generous at entry Expression level and include Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry push button start, tinted rear windows and optic headlights. Moving further up the trim lines you get features like a leather steering wheel, auto wipers and headlights, daytime running LED lights, rear parking sensors and larger alloy wheels. The GT line gets specific sports interior inclusing sports style seats and more aggressive styled exterior trim.

Quality & Reliability

Like its Hatch and Coupe siblings, the Grand Megane gets a neatly designed dashboard layout with a blend of digital and analogue controls down the centre console and on the multi-function steering wheel. There is a nice use of materials with some nice contrast chrome pieces that lift the interior of the car. There is the same sense of durability about the cabin with a less is more approach. While the Megane range recently received a makeover and adopted the new signature front end toward the end of 2014, it is going to be replaced by a new model in 2016. A new Grand Megane is likely to arrive in the following months too.

Safety & Security

The Megane Hatch scored 4/5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety crash test which is below the average 5 stars for its segment. However, the Megane and Grand Megane are still a very safe family cars. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, traction control, understeer control, hill start assist, cruise control and a full set of airbags include front and side curtain bags. The 2016 model is expected to score to the full five star rating early next year.

Space & Practicality

Being an estate, the Grand Megane has some stiff competition in its segment in the shape of the Ford Focus estate, the Volkswagen Golf Estate and Skoda Octavia Combi. It competes well with good space for front seat passenger and decent headroom in the rear. Legroom is not quite as good as its rivals. Boot space is a very respectable 524 litre and it also has the benefit of a false floor that has additional compartments underneath for storage of valuables. The rear bench can also be folded forward to open the cabin up to 1600 litres of capacity.


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