Years constructed: 2008 to 2016
Bodystyles: Three-and-five door hatchback, five-door property
The third technology of the Renault Megane had an terrible lot to show. The earlier mannequin, Megane II, launched in 2002 to nice popularity of its styling, however relatively much less so for its high quality. The truth is, it was sometimes an unreliable nightmare. So Megane III needed to flip that round. Renault received its engineers to work, informed the stylists to show down the wick a bit for one thing extra sober, and tried to re-create the Megane as a extra smart, extra dependable automobile. And, for probably the most half, it labored. Megane II might not have been as attractive to have a look at as its predecessor, nevertheless it was with out query extra solidly made, and never unhealthy to drive both.
Positively go for a post-2012 mannequin, as that was when Renault launched a serious facelift and plonked an enormous, daring Renault diamond badge within the centre of the nostril, with slimmer, higher wanting headlights on both aspect. There was additionally a noticeable improve in high quality with that replace, and the entrance seats and cabin acquired upgrades.
Most Meganes on sale can have the acquainted 1.5-litre dCi turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, and that’s no unhealthy factor. No matter you may consider the unhealthy publicity swirling round diesel energy in the intervening time, it’s an excellent engine and got here in assorted energy outputs, from 84hp to 110hp. The older 19 dCi unit, and the larger 2.zero engines are in all probability greatest prevented as you merely don’t want them — the 1.5 has greater than enough grunt and it’s very economical too. Refinement is OK, if a bit rattly by fashionable requirements.
The 2012 replace additionally launched a brand new 1.6-litre 130hp dCi diesel, which successfully changed the previous 1.9, and that’s a superb engine, however as a result of it was basically a range-topper, only a few had been bought so that you may wrestle to trace one down.
Keep away from the previous 1.6-litre petrol because it’s wheezy and never nice to drive, but when yow will discover one with the 1.2 turbo petrol, additionally launched in 2012, you then’re on to an excellent factor. It’s mild, revvy, frugal and customarily very good to drive.
If yow will discover an excellent Grand Megane property, that too is an effective buy because it’s roomy and helpful, and arguably higher wanting than the five-door hatch or three-door ‘coupe.’ It’s additionally value monitoring down a well-equipped Dynamique or Dynamique Nav mannequin to get some additional toys.
A phrase on depreciation, although. The introduction of the Megane coincided with a technique by Renault Eire to promote its vehicles at savage reductions, attempting to construct up market share and a broader buyer base. It labored, nevertheless it got here on the expense of residual worth. Which means shopping for a Megane now’s usually cheaper than shopping for one in all its main rivals, nevertheless it additionally means you gained’t get as a lot for it come trade-in time.
How a lot ought to I spend? Circa €12-13,000 will get you a 2014 Megane or Grand Megane.
Right here’s one we discovered:
2014 Renault Grand Megane Dynamique 1.5 dCi 110hp, 60,000km, one proprietor, €13,890 from a Renault major supplier.
The Megane shares all its engines, chassis and electronics with the Nissan Qashqai, so there’s a way that each one the mechanical components are strong and confirmed. The engines do undergo from unfastened gas strains, which may result in tough working, and if it’s a low mileage instance you then’ll have to verify the diesel exhaust filter for clogging up. Maintain a watch out for extreme smoke from the exhaust too, as that might point out turbo bother.
Clutches are costly to exchange, so watch out for a Megane that has a excessive clutch chunk level. And whereas clearly you need to at all times insist on a full service historical past, verify to be sure that the coolant and brake fluid companies, that are on a separate schedule to the principle engine service factors, have been performed. Keep watch over the electrics too, particularly the electrical home windows, which will be fragile.
The four-door Fluence saloon was spun off from the Megane vary and was wildly fashionable for a time, however we’d keep away from these as they’re (by some means) a lot duller than a Megane and lots of have been used and abused as taxis. Higher by far to get your tooth into one of many nigh-legendary sporty Meganes, together with the mighty 265hp Megane RS, as potent and as quick a automobile as you’re ever prone to drive.
And whenever you’ve discovered your good Megane don’t neglect to get it historical past checked by motorcheck.ie.