The press, including Motoring Research, first drove the new Megane way back in December 2015, but Renault was not then ready to confirm prices: it simply hinted they would be competitive with the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra
The firm has exceeded expectations with a punchy £16,600 starting price though, particularly as it’s for a 130hp 1.2-litre TCe turbo model rather than a downrated low-power motor: a Vauxhall Astra 1.0T Design may cost £600 less, but it is also down 25hp.
Ford Focus prices start at £16,245 – for a base-spec 85hp 1.6 Studio.
A diesel Megane Expression+, the 1.5 dCi 110, costs £1,300 more at £17,900, but this model is not the one Renault will sell most of: the Dynamic Nav and Dynamic S Nav will be the most popular new Megane models.
The 1.2 TCe 130 Dynamic Nav costs £18,100, with the 1.5 dCi alternative costing £19,400. Renault also offers the more powerful 1.6 dCi 130 in Dynamic Nav guise, for £20,600. This doesn’t offer sub-100g/km CO2 emissions though, emitting 104g/km rather than the cheaper motor’s 96g/km.
Renault will also offer the new Megane in posh Signature Nav guise, as well as a 205hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol EDC auto range-topper: the GT Nav 205 costs £25,500. At 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds, it’s warm rather than hot: the new Renault Sport Meganes are still to come.
All new Megane will have a decent haul of standard equipment, including alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, air con, cruise control, Bluetooth and electric front and rear windows.
Dynamique Nav versions include, as the name suggests, sat nav, plus rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, lane departure warning, speed limit sign camera, climate control and a 3D sound stereo. This trim line also brings a 7-inch central touchscreen to the new Megane’s centre console.
Dynamique S Nav, priced from £19,100 for a TCe 130, adds 17-inch alloys, rear parking camera and tinted rear glass, while Signature Nav has 18-inch alloys, full LED headlights and full leather interior. Both of these trims also have the full 8.7-inch Tesla-style central touchscreen that’s such a feature of the new Megane: given the £1,000 price difference between the two Dynamique models, we thus wouldn’t be surprised if the ‘S’ becomes the most popular variant of all…
The GT Nav tops the range at £25,500, with a sporty-focused haul of kit in line with Signature Nav trim. For those who want sporty looks without the expense, Renault also offers the GT Line Nav, based on the Dynamic Nav but with more of a ‘Renault Sport lite’ look: it costs from £19,600.