The interior of the Megane is hugely improved, compared to the old model, but can’t quite match the VW Golf for build quality or the Skoda Octavia for clever practical features
The hard plastics that formed the vast majority of the old Megane’s interior were a stark contrast to the plush inners found in the majority of newer rivals. It’s something Renault has worked hard to fix in this new version.
Plastic quality is much improved and the majority are soft to the touch and, although some of the plastics are dark, trim pieces add a splash of colour.
The portrait infotainment system looks modern and premium, but you need to pay extra for it
All but the cheapest model come with sat-nav, but Dynamique S Nav trim levels and above have an 8.7-inch ‘portrait’ display that is unique to the class. Its crisp and colourful screen is lovely to look at, and takes your mind off the swathes of plastics that encase it. The system can follow swipe and pinch finger gestures, making it intuitive to use. Visual routes and directions are easily to follow, and real-world voice commands such as “turn right at the next petrol station” are a big help when you’re navigating through unfamiliar territory – the spoken directions feel a lot more human than in most other cars.