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2014 Renault Megane Review
  • Punchy, responsive little engine; sweet manual shift of the 1.2-litre; auto is smooth in 1.2-litre; good comfort; practical wagon isn't too expensive
  • Suspension of GT-Line models quite firm; some frustrating interior ergonomics; diesel engine can't match competitors for poke

OUR RATING
7 / 10

Price $20,990 to $35,490 ANCAP Rating N/A

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2014 Renault Megane Review

The updated 2014 Renault Megane has received a big cosmetic change, but the changed look is just the beginning for this revision to the French brand’s small car. That’s because the run-of-the-mill petrol versions of the updated Megane, there’s a new, smaller 1...

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Renault Australia increases warranty to five years on RS and GT models
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Renault Australia increases warranty to five years on RS and GT models

Renault Australia has increased its warranty coverage to five years/unlimited kilometres on all Renault Sport RS and GT models. Up until now, Renault's go-fast models - the Megane RS and Clio RS - had been offered with a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, but these models, along with the updated Megane GT 220 wagon and newly added GT220 hatchback, not to mention the Clio GT, have now been increased with an extra 24 months of coverage...


2014 Renault Megane pricing and specifications
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2014 Renault Megane pricing and specifications

The 2014 Renault Megane has received a nose job, but there’s a lot more to the updated French car than meets the eye. That’s because Renault has switched from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the majority of the Megane range to a downsized 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol mill...


2014 Renault Megane GT 220: New hot-hatch added to small car range
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2014 Renault Megane GT 220: New hot-hatch added to small car range

The updated Renault Megane range has seen the addition of a new warm- to hot-hatch variant, the GT 220. Previously offered as a limited edition five-door GT 220 station wagon, Renault has now added a five-door hatchback version alongside the wagon model as part of the standard Megane model range. The GT 220 variants are both designed with performance in mind, with the models using the same 2...


2014 Renault Megane GT 220 Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 Renault Megane GT 220 Review

The Renault Megane RS265 now has a more affordable, more practical – but less powerful – sibling: the new Renault Megane GT 220. The GT 220 was previously offered as a wagon only, as part of a limited edition, low volume allocation in Australia from mid-2013. Renault has now made the GT 220 a regular feature of the Megane range, and as such, the badge now extends to the five-door hatchback model...

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$35,490

Renault Australia defends Megane safety following three-star Euro NCAP rating
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Renault Australia defends Megane safety following three-star Euro NCAP rating

The facelifted Renault Megane range is being launched in Australia this week, and the company's local chief has responded to the car's recent Euro NCAP crash test score of three stars. When the Renault Megane launched in 2008 it garnered a five-star Euro NCAP crash score...


Our French Picks for Bastille Day
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Our French Picks for Bastille Day

To celebrate Bastille Day, CarAdvice.com.au takes a look at six French cars we think you should have on your list when shopping for a new car. Callouts to Renault for the 5-year warranty on the Renault Clio and the 6-year warranty on the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso!   Citroen Grand C4 Picasso: Read the review In the age of the SUV, a people-mover needs to be unique to stand out from the high-riding crowd – and that’s where the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso comes in, priced at $43,990 – smack-bang in seven-seat SUV territory...


Our French Picks for Bastille Day
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Our French Picks for Bastille Day

To celebrate Bastille Day, CarAdvice.com.au takes a look at six French cars we think you should have on your list when shopping for a new car.


Renault Megane RS265 Sport Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Renault Megane RS265 Sport Review

It’s a Renault Megane RS265, Jim – but not quite as we know it… Here at CarAdvice, we’ve been mightily impressed by the Renault RS265 Cup in every accepted performance-measured way. Most recently, the $49,990 Renault Sport Megane 265 Red Bull F1 Edition, in a three-way comparo with the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Subaru WRX, provided a tangible reminder of its hot-hatch abilities...


2014 Renault Megane : Facelifted model manages just three stars in latest Euro NCAP crash testing
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2014 Renault Megane : Facelifted model manages just three stars in latest Euro NCAP crash testing

The facelifted 2014 Renault Megane small hatchback has scored just three stars in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash testing. The new-look Renault Megane - which launches in Australia in a matter of weeks - managed only three stars in the scoring due to a number of factors, including "predominantly poor" pedestrian head protection and a rear seatbelt reminder system that - while fitted as standard - tells the driver using text that is not available in all languages...


Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R : Nurburgring passenger hot-lap
Rating: 1010 /10
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Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R : Nurburgring passenger hot-lap

There’s merely a whiff of smoke from the brakes of the Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R as it pulls into the pits for the next of about five hundred Nurburgring passenger rides it’s been doing today. The team of French drivers – including Vincent Bayle who set the original front-drive lap record in 2008 with the Megane R26...


Renault Megane RS275 Trophy Review: Lapping the Nurburgring
Rating: 910 /10
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Renault Megane RS275 Trophy Review: Lapping the Nurburgring

The Nurburgring Nordschleif can undo driver and car well before its 20 kilometres and 72 corners are tallied, but the Renault Megane RS275 Trophy is thankfully a track-lapper that’s always on your side. While the stripped-out, two-seater Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R has reclaimed the title of fastest front-driver around this feared circuit, it won’t be available in Australia until December, with 50 units priced from around $65,000...


Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R : Nurburgring fastest front-driver title reclaimed by hardcore two-seater
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Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R : Nurburgring fastest front-driver title reclaimed by hardcore two-seater

Update: Read our Renault Megane RS275 Review The Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R has reclaimed the title of the fastest front-wheel drive car around the Nurburgring for the French brand, with the just-released limited edition two-seater setting a 7:54.36 time around the iconic German racetrack...


2014 Renault Megane RS265 pricing and specifications
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2014 Renault Megane RS265 pricing and specifications

The updated 2014 Renault Megane RS265 will cost from $43,990 when the simplified two-model line-up goes on sale in Australia on June 23. The Megane RS265 Cup’s $43,990 price tag represents a $1350 increase over the old entry model, while the new $47,990 Cup Premium variant has been introduced to replace the old Trophy ($47,140) and Trophy+ ($51,640) range-toppers...


Sporty hatch comparison : Kia Pro_cee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport
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Sporty hatch comparison : Kia Pro_cee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport

Hot-hatches these days are priced anywhere from the $26,000 to nearly $75,000, from the tiny terror city cars to the new breed of premium-branded European mega-hatches. In between those two price points there’s a lot of space to be occupied, and there’s an emerging class of warm-to-hot-hatches that aim to offer more balanced abilities than their three-chilli compatriots...


Sporty hatch comparison: Kia Procee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport
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Sporty hatch comparison: Kia Procee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport

Two warm hatches from South Korea take on a cut-price version of France's hero hatch...


Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS: Track test
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Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS: Track test

Reigning Renault hot-hatch comes under fire on two fronts, as Subaru and Volkswagen attempt to dethrone it in a straight line and around a racetrack.


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265

Rewind two decades and the Subaru WRX was the affordable performance king, its launch immaculately timed with the rise of Playstation rally games and the temporary demise of hot-hatches. By the end of the 1990s the Peugeot 306 GTi had died, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI had become a softie. Not long into the new millenium, though, a hot-hatch reprise was led by a reborn Golf GTI, and the tables turned...


Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy: 202kW limited edition hot-hatch is model's most powerful ever
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Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy: 202kW limited edition hot-hatch is model's most powerful ever

The new Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy will take its place atop the benchmark hot-hatch's range later this year, armed with technical and aesthetic upgrades and the performance model's highest-ever power output...


Renault Megane RS: next-gen manual still uncertain; EV a possibility
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Renault Megane RS: next-gen manual still uncertain; EV a possibility

One of the world's best hot-hatches, the Renault Megane RS, appears likely to drop its manual transmission option in favour of a self-shifting unit in its next generation guise. Comments made in March by Renault Sport Technologies CEO Patrice Ratti suggested the next-generation Renault Megane RS – expected in 2017 – could follow the path of the all-new fourth-generation Clio RS200 (pictured below) in being exclusively offered with an automatic transmission...


Renault Megane: facelifted range confirmed for July debut
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Renault Megane: facelifted range confirmed for July debut

Renault Australia has confirmed the July arrival of the facelifted Renault Megane range. Speaking at the launch of the new Renault Clio GT, the local division’s managing director Justin Hocevar told CarAdvice the new-look Renault Megane range will launch here at the start of the third quarter of the year, stating it will again comprise of hatch, coupe, convertible, wagon and the halo performance Renault Sport (RS) variant...


Renault Megane RS265 #under8 model set for production special edition
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Renault Megane RS265 #under8 model set for production special edition

What could be the world’s fastest front-wheel-drive production car – a new limited edition version of the Renault Megane RS265 – appears increasingly likely to make it to production. Renault recently launched its #under8 social media teaser campaign which hints at a new record-breaking version of the Megane RS that is expected to become the world’s fastest front-wheel-drive production car around the famed Nurburgring track in Germany...


Renault Megane RS265 targets sub-8min Nurburgring lap
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Renault Megane RS265 targets sub-8min Nurburgring lap

The hottest street-legal Renaultsport Megane in history will launch in June with its sights set on reclaiming the lap record for a front-wheel-drive car around the Nurburgring. The French performance car division is running a social media campaign dubbed ‘#under8’, hinting at its intentions to set a sub-eight-minute lap of the ’Ring in its Megane RS265 hot-hatch...


Renault Megane RS : dual-clutch for next-gen hot-hatch; manual under a cloud
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Renault Megane RS : dual-clutch for next-gen hot-hatch; manual under a cloud

The next-generation Renault Megane RS may follow the smaller Clio RS in ditching its traditional manual gearbox entirely in favour of a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the Geneva motor show, Renault Sport Technologies CEO Patrice Ratti confirmed it was logical to offer a DCT in the next-generation Megane RS hot-hatch, which is due to launch around 2017...


Renault Megane Review : Expression
Rating: 810 /10
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Renault Megane Review : Expression

It’s a tale of two base models within the Renault Megane range.   Both manual and automatic Renault Megane Expression grades cost between $21-23K, and the Spanish-built models share the distinction of being the cheapest European small cars on the market...

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2014 Renault Megane CC facelift revealed
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2014 Renault Megane CC facelift revealed

The updated 2014 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet has been shown for the first time with its newly facelifted front end, continuing the French marque's renewal of its small car range. Featuring Renault's new styling identity, first seen on the Megane in hatch, coupe and wagon guise in September and previously on the Captur, Clio and Koleos, the 2014 Megane CC facelift comprises a new front bumper, bonnet, headlights and grille and incorporates a larger Renault badge...


Hot hatch comparison: Volkswagen Golf GTI v Ford Focus ST v Renault Sport Megane 265
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Hot hatch comparison: Volkswagen Golf GTI v Ford Focus ST v Renault Sport Megane 265

It’s rare that a higher-specification variant of a popular mainstream car would be the best-seller in the range, but that tells you much about the enduring status and appeal of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. With one in four Golfs driving out of VW showrooms wearing the revered three-letter badge, the GTI is almost ubiquitous on Australian streets...


Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8: F1 limited edition from $49,990
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Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8: F1 limited edition from $49,990

The limited edition Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8 has been released in Australia celebrating Red Bull Racing's fourth consecutive clinching of the Formula One drivers' and constructors' world titles. At $49,990, the Red Bull RB8 is based on the identically priced Renault Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 – the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap the Nurburgring...


Renault Megane CC Floride limited edition released from $44,990
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Renault Megane CC Floride limited edition released from $44,990

Briefly dabbling in the retro-cool craze, the limited edition Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Floride has launched locally paying homage to the 1958-1968 convertible of the same name. Priced from $44,990, the Floride will be available as a 50-unit limited edition in Australia, assuming a range-topping position in the Megane CC line-up with the $1000-cheaper Privilege simultaneously being dropped from the range...


Renault Megane Expression launches from $19,990 driveaway
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Renault Megane Expression launches from $19,990 driveaway

The new entry-level Renault Megane hatch has launched from $19,990 driveaway, making it the only European-built small car to offer sub-$20K pricing. The sharp pricing applies to the new Megane Expression manual, which is normally priced from $20,990 before on-road costs – representing a saving of at least $3000...