2009 Renault Megane Review Ratings
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2009 Renault Megane Review
Practical, comfortable, safe and sure-footed. Looks are relatively good.
I expected fuel consumption to be much better. Build quality could, and should, be improved. Terrible radio.
Very Comfortable And Practical But Not That Much Fun To Drive. — UPDATED: 2012, September 16th First off, let me tell you why I bought this car: we needed a bigger, practical and comfortable car for the family and friends. Also, our budget wasn't that big. As you shall see, in that sense, we got what we wanted. PERFORMANCE: . The 1.5 dCi engine with 110 bhp and 240 Nm of torque isn't a great performer. It lacks punch in some situations and when starting from a standstill on seriously steep inclines you sometimes have to turn off the AC and shift into 1st gear to keep it going. The car is just too heavy for the small capacity engine. It also sounds a bit coarse when you rev it up, particularly when still cold. . The 6 speed gearbox is good but fuel consumption is at least a good 2l/100km above Renault's claims, which has been a big disappointment. HANDLING: . Handling isn't bad: it feels sure-footed and nimble, and only if you press it too hard into a corner or in a roundabout, will it show some under-steer, which is not unusual in this kind of FWD car. Body roll isn't really a problem and it feels very planted on the road. . The brakes are up to the job. Steering feel and feedback, though not bad, could be better. . Basically, it's a relaxing car rather than a dynamic one. COMFORT: . It is a very comfortable car, both on good and rough road surfaces. It rides very smoothly and it's only a pity the engine becomes a bit noisy at speed (mostly if it's still relatively cold). There's also some tire roar, perhaps further composed by its 17 inch wheels. . It is very roomy with plenty of room for the driver and front passenger, which are the seats I regularly use. Rear passenger also have enough room. PRACTICALITY: . Controls are ergonomic and light. The interior features simple lines and isn't particularly pretty, just practical and uncluttered. . The digital speedometer read out is clear but I really don't like the digital fuel level read out which makes it unclear as to how your fuel level really is, particularly when you're running a bit low. The on-board computer displays the sort of information you'd expect: instant and average fuel consumption, range, average speed, etc... . All round visibility isn't really that great. Rear window is a bit small for a car of this size and the A-Pillar is just too thick, making it sometimes nearly impossible to see parts of the road ahead clearly, such as when going round a roundabout - if your going in the inside lane you can't see the border of the roundabout. . There are enough compartments for storing things inside but some of them aren't very accessible for everyday use. Boot space is great, very accessible and with a smart underfloor storage compartment as well as a small lid that splits the boot into two smaller compartments. There's also the possibility of lowering both the rear and front passenger seats which means you can carry long (up to 2.5m) loads, like we have done with some IKEA boxes. It's just a pity the boot door requires a good bit of strength to close, which becomes troublesome when you also have to carry something. SAFETY: . Like most recent Renaults this one scored the maximum 5 stars in the EuroNCAP tests. There's plenty of active and passive safety equipment. APPEARANCE: . We think it's pretty (unlike the previous generation) but it's definitely no eye-catching, head- turning sculpture of a car, particularly with so many of them on the road. FAULTS: .So far, the biggest problem, has been the need to change the engine's flywheel, a problem that, apparently affected some units. This problem came to my attention when, after a trip of about 50km, I arrived home and while doing some parking maneuvers felt the engine running quite coarsely even on idle. This problem was promptly solved by customer service but I found it a bit scary considering the importance of this mechanical part and the still short life of the car, as it had just about finished being run-in. . Though most plastics are actually quite good, a few of them look and/or feel a bit cheap such as the ones on the roof lights or the glove compartment lid. . There were some squeaks from the driver and front passenger's seat-belt, and although this has been solved by customer service, it has reappeared. Seems like we're going to have to get it fixed again. . When the windscreen had to be changed (at Renault's customer service) because of a small stone chip, some of the surrounding inside plastics were poorly re-assembled. We took it back to customer service to get these solved, and it's alright now. Mind you, we had to go there twice before it was all OK. . Both the rear bumper and driver wheel-wing used to get a bit loose, which is inexcusable in a brand new car of this type. We took it to customer service to get it solved, and it's alright now. EQUIPMENT: The trim level of our car, Dynamique S, already included a lot of equipment, such as: . ABS / EBD . Brake assist . ESP + ASR traction control + CSV understeer control . Variable PAS . Cruise control + speed limiter . Driver / passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags . Front and rear curtain airbags . Front lateral airbags . Rear lateral airbags . Isofix child seat anchor points . Multi function trip computer . Dual zone climate control . 4x15W radio / single CD and MP3 . Audio remote controls . 12V socket in center console and luggage area . Leather steering wheel and gearbox . Height / reach adjust steering wheel . Partial leather seat trim . 60/40 split folding rear seat . Retractable luggage cover . Electric windows . Extra tinted glass in rear windows and tailgate . Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers . Heated rear windscreen . Rear wiper . Electric and heated mirrors . Electric folding door mirrors . Electro-chrome rear view mirror . Body colored bumpers and door mirrors . 17 inch alloy wheels (205/50 R17) . Roof rails . Front and rear fog lights . Remote central locking To this we added the following extras: . Front and rear parking sensors . Tire pressure control . Automatic parking brake . Hands free Renault card . Rear passenger heating ducts . Metallic paint: Eclipse gray SOME NIGGLES: . Cruise control activation/deactivation should be more fluid - most times, when turning it on or off, the car jerks slightly. Also, when increasing or decreasing cruise speed, not only do you have to make repeated presses on the respective buttons (instead of just keep pressing it), but also it only works in 2 km/h increments/decrements. The latter isn't really a problem (I just think it's stupid) but the former can become tiresome. I much prefer the smoothness and ease of use of the cruise control on my 1995 Saab 900! . If it's been raining, once you open the doors or boot door, the gutters let water fall over you and inside the car. . The boot door requires a good bit of strength to close. . The radio is the most basic on offer in the range, but still, I'd expect it to be better. What don't I like about it? . It's RDS is a pain in the you know what! On various occasions it tries to tune to another frequency with better reception, even though the one you're using is quite good. But what I most hate about it, is that even if you turn the RDS feature off, is still does this. Arghhh!!! It doesn't show playing time in CDs or MP3 (e.g.: 2m:34s) - this really annoys me, particularly because I listen to a lot of audio-books and can't have a clue about what point I'm at. It doesn't scroll track titles or other details, just shows the first few characters. OTHER CARS we considered buying instead of this one: . Alfa Romeo 159 1.9 JTD SW (used): love it's looks and was very well equipped, but it was used and still too expensive. . Kia Cee'd SW 1.6 CRDi: price was close to what we had in mind and reliability seems to be great, but it's looks (particularly, the rear) and interior detailing failed to catch our heart. . Volvo V50 1.6D: not bad looking (particularly the interiors), well equipped and well priced, but this model was already growing old at the time. . Ford Focus 5d 1.6 TDCi: a very good car and slightly cheaper than our other options but, like the Volvo, it was already growing old at the time. Also, the interior didn't really conquer our hearts.
Primary Use: Family transportation
2009 Renault Megane Review
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Not one thing
Megane Mobil — Performance - 7.6 from 0 to 100 km; very good handling Qualité - no repair needed. The maintenace was respeted all along the car life Apparance - Très bonne état Maintenance - once every two year or 30000 km The fun factor - Its very cloth to the concept car
Primary Use: Commuting to work
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