Sleek inside and out, the instantly recognisable Renault Megane has innovative design and some great features. Providing all the practicality and versatility that comes with driving a hatchback, its dynamic exterior takes you from the city to the suburbs in style. But can the Megane compete against its main rival – the Vauxhall Astra?
Both hatchbacks feature a striking exterior – there’s the Astra with its athletic sculpting and the Megane with its imposing lines and tight curves – each one a strong contender for looks. The Astra’s striking curve creates the appearance of a ‘floating’ roof, which seamlessly integrates with the classic sharp lines typical of a Vauxhall. But the Megane’s strong and powerful stance takes it to a whole other level.
Its distinctive LED headlights combined with its imposing front grille emphasises the Megane’s dominance on the road. Visually distinctive from every angle, Renault have succeeded in making this hatchback a popular contender for looks alone.
Providing the ultimate comfort is a number one priority for both the Astra and the Megane. If you’re looking for a hatchback that will look after you, the Astra’s interior has been designed to do just that.
Its ergonomic, multi-adjustable front seats are made to take care of your back, whether your journey is long or short. Enjoy the heated front seats and heated steering wheel during cold spells, so you never need freeze again. High-quality finishes feature throughout the cabin, providing a relaxing atmosphere for you and your passengers. The Astra might drive a hard bargain, but the Megane has it all.
Attention to detail is enough to win you over, alone. As soon as you step inside the technology-filled cockpit, the Megane’s refined materials and immaculate finish create a luxurious atmosphere. Elegant upholstery and the Nappa leather steering wheel provides all the comfort and sophistication you need to impress.
It’s what lies within these hatchbacks that makes all the difference – do they have what it takes? Offering a number of refined engines, most of which perform rather well on the road, the Astra delivers a respectable drive. If you’re looking for some power to your drive, then the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines offer a decent acceleration for a hatch.
Although it’s similar to its rival, if you’re looking for an enjoyable ride and an exhilarating performance, then the Megane has the edge. Available with two petrol and two diesel engines, the Megane makes gruelling journeys exciting again. From city driving to motorways, no road is too much for this hatchback.
The range starts with the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine, making light work of city roads with a relatively low CO2 output. Then there’s the 1.5-litre diesel engine – an impressive engine that delivers enough power to cruise down the motorway with ease.
However, it’s the 1.6-litre diesel that steals the show, offering a refined performance for the ultimate driving experience from one day to the next. With a fuel economy of up to 70.6mpg combined and CO2 emissions as low as 104g/km, this beastly engine steals the show.
Why sit in silence when you can enjoy a range of infotainment features? Both the Astra and the Megane provide innovative infotainment systems, keeping you entertained during every mile of your journey.
Tune in to a world of infotainment thanks to the Astra’s IntelliLink. The 7-inch colour touchscreen lets you connect to a variety of apps, so you can stay connected with the outside world. Simply connect your smartphone to Intellilink via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
When it comes to having full control at your fingertips, the Megane takes the lead. Control multiple functions with the Renault R-LINK 2 multimedia system, designed to make your journeys more exciting. Connect to the R-LINK Store and access a wide range of apps made to enhance your driving experience.
Interact with the Megane’s functions with ease through the touchscreen. Choose between the horizontal 7-inch or the vertical 8.7-inch touchscreen and customise your homepage to suit your preferences. And with voice control, you don’t even have to take your eyes off the road.
Both hatchbacks, both stylish and packed full of innovative features. Although the Vauxhall Astra is a top contender, the Renault Megane is just too good to compete with. From its sleek lines and powerful stance to a refined performance that is worthy of a top-quality hatchback, the Megane provides everything you need from a reliable car.