Renault Megane Coupe pre-Oct 2002
Added: 16th of November 2013
The 2-door model is very comfortable for the two people in the front, and I particularly appreciate the heating system which is better than on my previous cars. When there are more than two of us, I discovered that friends have made excuses to give me a lift instead of the other way round since I got this cara, because there is not enough room for people to sit comfortably in the back. It is easy to park, and once I got used to the low position, very pleasant to drive. My dog likes it better than previous cars because she can see out more easily, and so can I, when reversing for instance. The radio is reliable and clear. The roof window is a great asset in such a small car, to regulate temperature and air. The major disadvantage is the fact that there is a boot, rather than a hatch, so it doesn't take much stuff, and doesn't take anything very big. The only way to take my old TV to the tip, for example, was to put it on the front seat. It also doesn't have a towbar or roofbars, so you can't solve it in those ways without greater expense. On the plus side, it's still very economical on fuel in spite of its age, and "nippy" yet the driving seat comes into its own for comfort on long journeys, including the meaningful headrest (that is to say, the headrest really does let your head rest on it, whereas most cars don't have one that can be adjusted to that position without you leaning back). The only thing that has unexpectedly gone wrong is the battery. It looks quite sleek - I get the impression that some people expect someone young and "cool" to emerge from it instead of a nondescript middle-aged lady. However, I am sleek at heart. This is probably not unique to Renault, but the electronic key was deactivated by a keyring torch I bought, that had a keyfinding "beep" on it. The Renault garage (luckily not too far away) had to reactivate it for me. That's about it.