2004 Renault Megane Dynamique 1.5 dCi diesel from UK and Ireland


A very safe, stylish, practical and economical car


External temperature gauge is occasionally unreliable.

Trim on underneath of rear seat bench started to come away the first time the seat was folded flat.

General Comments:

This is without doubt the best car I have ever owned. I have covered 14000 in the first four months of ownership and it has been mechanically faultless.

It is considerably more comfortable and rewarding to drive than either the Vauxhall Vectra or Ford Focus that I owned previously.

I have no idea why the Sport Tourer model is so rare in the UK, as it is very practical, has a huge luggage space and can seat four adults in relative comfort.

I initially had reservations about a 1.5 litre diesel engine, but it is quite powerful enough, except when the car is really loaded up and returns, on average, around 54-59 miles per gallon. I can easily keep up with the other traffic on my 50 mile motorway drive to work each day.

The equipment levels are very generous for a £15,000 car and I am sure that it would offer very good protection in an accident.

My only reservation is that build quality appears a bit shoddy. Although very stylish, I am not sure that the seat fabrics are going to wear very well and the underneath of the rear seat bench is particularly poorly constructed. The rear seat backs don't fold completely flat and foul the underneath of the bench when folded. If you look very closely the exterior paint finish is also somewhat patchy. I guess only time will tell!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2004

2nd Feb 2005, 09:53

If you have the RAID (Renault Anti Intruder Device) function activated, which locks all of the doors when you drive off, opening the drivers door when you stop again should unlock all of the rest of the doors.. also, there is a button under the lip of the tailgate (above the numberplate) which will open the boot without having to use the remote control. Hope this is some help!

2004 Renault Megane Privilege Comfort 1.9 DCi from Netherlands


Far better than I had imagined


Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I have been pleasantly surprised by this car. It is the Grand Tourer edition (Estate). I previously have only ever had German cars, but due to company policy was forced to choose French. The performance (120hp) is very good for a diesel, and acceleration is also good. The cars are trimmed in half leather and the general layout is well thought out, with some nice touches (integrated rear blinds, cooled glove box etc.) The factory navigation works very well and not in the least bit irritating. My only niggle is the amount of technology this car relies on - Key less system, door sensors etc. I will see how reliable it turns out to be. I have only had it 6 weeks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st November, 2004

2004 Renault Megane Renaultsport 225 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


I've said I don't know whether I'll buy another Renault. The early problems took the gloss off owner


General poor quality control at both Renault and dealer as car was received with minor paint defects, scuff marks on interior trim.

The front offside wheel trim was extensively damage and showed evidence of having been driven off a ramp with the retaining clasp attached.

The diagnostic light came on when the car was just 7 weeks old and the car had to be returned to the garage on 4 separate ocassions before if was finally repaired. It spent a total of 3 weeks off the road.

General Comments:

Now the car is running as it should it is astonishingly quick although the handling is a bit twitchy. The engine's power delivery is throughout the rev range and just doesn't let up. There are faster cars, but why?

The car is very smooth and quiet on the motorway; more a GT than a hot hatch. It is exactly the sort of car I thought it was when decided to buy it.

The interior is fantastic and a very enjoyable place to spend time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th October, 2004

24th Nov 2004, 07:07

Agree absolutely with quality control issues. My RS 225 arrived with intermittently functioning power steering, a rattling steering rack and a gear box that wouldn't engage second. In addition to those problems (which Renault have now fixed), I have very noisy brakes, the auto windscreen wipers don't work and the 'one-touch' function on the electric windows has ceased to operate. And I have only had the car for a month!