2005 Renault Megane Expression 2.0 from Mexico


Reliable and good value for money


Not much, after 2 years of ownership:

The sunroof did not open once after being out in the sun for too long (Only happened once... it later cooled down and it functioned perfectly ever after)

General Comments:

I've got the Megane II, which is a hatchback. This car is a love-it or hate-it type of vehicle because of it's looks. I LOVE IT OF COURSE.

My first impression was that the gas and the break pedals were too close to each other, but one gets used to it... I never thought about it again and never had any sort of problems with this.

The good:

Great value for money as Renault was (probably still is) re-entering the Mexican market. This fully equiped (sunroof and moon roof, 16" alloy wheels, automatic windows in all 4 windows -up and down-, lights sensor, rain sensor, etc) only cost about US$18,000.

Seats are much more comfortable than the ones that my unreliable Freelander had. Many positions to play with and I love the way headrests adjust.

Love the electronic steering, makes it easy to park anywhere.

The cabin is very quiet, this car blocks outside noise very well.

It has many practical compartments to put stuff all over the car.

The not-so-good:

Brakes are generally superb, however during turns on uneven surfaces I've noticed they do not respond too quickly.

Transmition is a bit clunky, not too smooth, but nothing terrible.

It is impossible to fit more than two golf bags in the trunk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2007

6th Dec 2007, 02:54

Most small hatchbacks can't hold more than two golf bags. You should have bought an estate!

2005 Renault Megane Estival 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A mid-size sedan that is Australia's best-kept secret


I have only had this car for 6 months and it is still under warranty from previous owner.

I have blown 2 globes in front left indicator.

Oil pressure switch replaced.

The CD player gets hot and gives up after about 90 minutes - the CDs are almost glowing when they are ejected!

General Comments:

These are a fantastic car that deserve to be sold by the million, unfortunately Renaults do not sell well in Australia.

You would be hard-pressed to find a better combination of economy, performance, comfort, practicality, good looks, good back seat room and boot size and yet small exterior dimensions.

The Megane has enough toys to keep life interesting. Coming from a 1976 Renault 12, I initially thought things like rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights were a bit of a wank, but now that I have them they are great. The climate control means no more fiddling trying to keep the temperature constant.

It has lots of grey plastic inside which I don't like. It's not overly cheap-looking, but does scratch easily, especially the scuff panels around the door sills. Par for the class I guess. Build quality is decent, but not stunning, however Renaults have always been a little rough around the edges in this regard.

Many have commented on the electric steering being too vague, personally I find it good and this is where the true Renault heritage lies - it is very responsive and gives you a lot of feedback on the road, unlike a lot of modern cars. The brake assistance is also variable with speed, mostly OK, but they are a little grabby at low speed.

The body shape is different enough without being anywhere near as controversial as the hatch. It is reasonably simple yet elegant and has a slightly sporty profile as well. A Renault Sport version would be magic.

Performance is what you'd expect from any 2 litre mid-size sedan. The 6 speed manual is fantastic, slightly notchy, but the gates aren't too close together. Like most Renaults it doesn't hit "band" until about 3000 rpm.

The economy is outstanding - around 7.4 L/100km average. It runs well enough on 95 RON and I have found no great benefit to using 98.

Engine noise is very low at all speeds. Wind noise is higher than I would have expected at 100km/h and beyond for such an aerodynamic body shape.

Service costs are reasonable and in fact less than some Japanese makes.

Finally, safety features are excellent. This car is full of airbags, seat-belt pretensioners and other goodies.

I love this car and will keep it forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2007