First launched back in 1995, the Renault Megane has been on the market for almost 20 years and continues to be quite a rival for its German competitors and other players on the market. Last week, we had the chance to test the 2014 Renault Megane Facelift, which was launched back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and we must admit that we were quite impressed with the car. We had the chance to drive this model last week in Spain, where we also visited the Palencia site, the place where Renault builds the Megane.
For those of you who do not know yet, the latest facelift includes a larger and more prominent Renault badge, a redesigned bumper and a new bonnet, but also new daytime running lights and redesigned headlights. Although these are the only made at the exterior, this is a sophisticated makeover, which boosts the image of the Megane.
A reversing camera helped us park the cars and avoid any obstacles found behind the vehicles. But this is not all, as the Megane comes with a reversing radar too, able to show the drivers how close they are to an obstacle via a sound alert.
All the models tested featured the Bose badges on the fenders, meaning that the vehicles are offered with a gloss black bumper surround along with new upholstery and new 17-inch Akhiro wheels. And this is not all as the Megane Bose model also comes with protective side moldings in chrome and lacquer black, while the Megane Sport Tourer is fitted with chrome-finished roof bars and side window surrounds.
The Megane III ranks among the most reliable cars in its segment and the best proof is the ADAC 2012 (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club) survey that ranks the Megane as “good” or even “excellent” over the service period between 2007 and 2002.
The Megane models that were built in 2009, 2010 and 2011 are ranked as “excellent”. Whether you like the coupe, sport tourer or the hatchback version, the 2014 Renault Megane Facelift remains one of the best choices and the best rival for the VW Group rivals.
Prices for Megane Hatchback, Megane Coupe and Megane Estate start from €20,300, €23,400 and €21,100 respectively. The Megane GT starts at €31,900.