2003 Renault Megane Authentique 1.5DCi from UK and Ireland
German quality at French prices
Electrical connection between clutch and starter button came adrift. Easily fixed by AA, and not a major issue.
When I purchased this car, I compared it to every other car in this segment, including the Golf, Civic, Focus, and Corolla, and felt that the Megane offered the best combination of looks, value, economy, comfort, performance, and build quality.
Quality is extremely high with superb materials used for the interior and excellent panel fit all round the car.
The dashboard is ergonomically designed, and the standard remote control for the stereo is excellent. When I purchased the car I got the dealer to fit a 6-CD changer in the boot, and the remote controls this as well.
I have never had a diesel before, but have been amazed at how quiet and refined the DCi technology is. This 1.5 is also extremely economical (returning an average of 65mpg on my daily commute) without sacrificing performances which benefits from class leading torque.
The innovative Renault Card system works well and the associated software supports in-car security extremely well. The Renault Anti-Intruder Device, which locks the doors automatically when the car moves is a welcome protection and a feature often available only on more expensive cars.
Renaults major on comfort (I also have a 2001 Clio Dynamique), and although I do 500 miles a week in the Megane I never feel cramped, uncomfortable or bored. I love every minute behind the wheel of this car and am convinced it is by far the best in its class. An excellent purchase.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th April, 2004