The first Renault Megane was launched in 1996 as a small family car and has had various body styles throughout it's lifetime including the Renault Megane Sport Tourer most recently. It's now been brought firmly into 2022 with a 100% electric offering after dipping their toes into electrification of the Renault range with a plug in hybrid version in the previous fourth generation Megane.
The All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric is wildly different from its predecessor in more than just the engine which is what makes it such an exciting addition to Renault's line up. Our All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric review will guide you through the new electric model and help you to decide if it's the right new car for you.
The All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric was designed entirely from scratch as an EV and was the first Renault model to use the dedicated CMF-EV platform, which twins it with the Nissan Ariya. The lithium ion batteries are under the floor but the electric motor is placed at the front, where it powers the front wheels, which frees up space for the interior.
From the front the All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric is sleek and refined. The front grille has been lowered and has an angular surround with slim lined daytime running lights framing the sides. The door handles slide out from the doors when you approach, a feature that's a regular on luxury cars like Land Rovers and Jaguars, and really elevates the model.
The entire body has been streamlined and smoothed out and Renault have settled on a family hatchback body that has followed the All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric from its inception. However some will, no doubt, be sad to see the end of the previous sport tourer estate that the Megane range offered.
As you would expect, the interior has also had a complete redesign. The previous version had an infotainment system in the centre console with some physical dials beneath for climate control and other secondary functions.
The All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric has a 9 inch screen which is angled towards the driver for ease of use. The glossy surround then continues along towards the 12.3 inch digital dashboard with only a small vent between the two. You're given the feeling that you're driving in a cockpit rather than your normal car and really continues the expectation that electric cars will feel modern and high tech.
The driver's display is customisable too thanks to the new openR and openR link interface so you can have it showing you the information that you want to see and it's easy to scroll through with the soft touch buttons on the steering wheel. There's also integrated Google with specific models too so that you can have a seamless experience.
Paired with additional spec like the smart rear view mirror that allows you to switch from traditional mirror to an augmented camera view that uses a roof top sensor and rear view camera together. It's a fairly new feature for many and allows an unobstructed view of the road behind you.
Whilst there's no upgrade to sports seats in the new All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric there is plenty of room and a good amount of adjustment in both height and lumbar support for the front seats with a higher driving position than many hatchbacks offer.
The shape of the roof is great for aesthetic but it does mean that the headroom in the rear seats is reduced to 835mm which is 73mm less than the Renault Captur and 107mm less than the Renault Clio offers. It might not be a consideration if you're only passengers in the rear seats are children but might be less comfortable for tall adults. However, due to it's length it does mean that it compensates with a reasonable amount of legroom.
As previously mentioned, the electric motor sits in the front of the All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric it allows for more of the rear space to be kept for the boot. This gives you 440 litres of cargo space without folding any seats down. The Vauxhall Mokka E only offers 310 litres and the Volkswagen ID.3 has 385 litres. There's also seven litres of storage space between the two front seats to keep personal belongings within reach without crowding.
The Renault Megane E-Tech is a 100% electric car and Renault have completely ditched petrol and diesel engines for the model. The previous generation of the Megane offered traditional combustion engines alongside a plug in hybrid model before deciding to fully electrify it.
Where the plug in hybrid would use two electric motors in conjunction with a petrol engine, the combustion engine is replaced in an electric car with an electric motor which is powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries which produces no emissions and no sound.
The current electric offering has one engine: the EV60 which offers 220HP. It's a punchy engine that uses 267Wh/mile, which gives it better "fuel economy" than the Citroen e-C4 or the Vauxhall Mokka-E, and has a range of 280 miles.
It's battery capacity is 60kWh and is compatible with 130kW rapid charging points, which means you can use these for as little as 30 minutes to replenish 80% of your battery's charge. Alternatively, on an 7.4kW domestic charger you can expect a full charge in just over 9 hours, which is pretty average.
The All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric range has three trim levels: the Equilibre, the Techno, and the Launch Edition.
The entry level Equilibre has 18 inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, rear parking sensors, a rear view camera, auto tilting and folding wing mirrors with a puddle lamp, cruise control and speed limiter, height adjustable driving seat, front heated seats, heated steering wheel, and regenerative braking with paddle shift levers.
As many electric vehicles are, the All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric is really tech heavy. It includes a 9 inch touchscreen infotainment screen, wireless smartphone replication and integration via Apple Carplay and Apple Carplay, a 12.3 inch digital driver information cluster, and connected services with over the air updates on the entry level trim alone.
The Techno trim adds even more to your driving experience including 20 inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED front and rear fog lights, a shark fin antenna, tinted rear windows, two zone automatic climate control, automatic windscreen wipers, a wireless phone charger, 2 rear USB C ports, customisable driving modes, a frameless auto-dimming rear view mirror, front parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control.
To add to it's positive impact on the environment, the synthetic leather upholstery in this trim level uses recycled materials.
The Launch Edition has only a few additional pieces of equipment but will be a limited run. This includes 20 inch Enos alloy wheels, an F1 inspired gold blade along the front of the grille, a Harmon Kardon audio system with 6 speakers, and around view 3D camera, and a smart rear view mirror.
The All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric has received a 5 star Euro NCAP rating and is on par with with the likes of the Audi Q4 E-Tron and the Volkswagen ID.4 for electric cars or the Ford Focus for a petrol equivalent.
The standard safety features include a distance warning alert, traffic sign recognition, e-call which offers automatic emergency assist, a front and rear seatbelt reminder, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction alerts, emergency lane keep assist with solid line, oncoming traffic, and lane departure warning, distance warning alert, and a driver drowsiness alert.
Your Renault car is covered by a warranty package for up to 3 years from date of first registration with unlimited mileage during the first 24 months, then limited to a total of 60,000 miles (100,00 miles for 100% electric vehicles) or 3 years whichever comes first.. The electric battery has a separate 8 year/100,000 mile warranty and Renault advise that their battery should retain around 70% of it's capacity in that same time period.
The All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric hatchback starts at £35,995 for the entry level Equilibre trim. For comparison, the Nissan Ariya which uses the same build platform starts at £43,845 and the smaller Renault Zoe starts at £30,495. Stepping up tot the Techno trim will cost £38,495 and the Launch Edition is £39,995. Making changes to equipment, paint colours, and adding in accessories will all increase the price from the starting price.
An electric car of this size and with the equipment and technology that the All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric offers with a price tag of (just) under £40,000 is almost a novelty, which makes it all the more enticing.
Although an electric car is usually more expensive at point of purchase than an ICE car, the amount of money saved on running costs make it a good long term investment and way of cutting costs.
The All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric is a sensible choice of electric car for range and for price however it's also a really fun choice too thanks to a range of high tech equipment and design decisions that vastly improve the driving experience. It's price point is as attractive as it's new design and is definitely set to be a top competitor in the electric vehicle market.
Currently you can place pre orders for the All New Megane E-Tech 100% Electric for full launch later this year. Our team at John Clark Renault in Aberdeen are always on hand to assist and answer any further questions as you choose your new car.