2024 Renault Megane E-Tech (car review)

They say first impressions count, and this is certainly the case when you lay eyes on the fully electric 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech. Draped in Rafale Grey with the optional Diamond Black roof, it’s sleek, sporty and curvaceous.

Powered by a 160kW/300Nm electric motor, the E-Tech has a driving range of 454km, and can accelerate from 0-100km/k in a lively 7.4 seconds. The 60wKh lithium-ion battery can be charged at home up to 7.4kW, with rapid charging up to 130kW available.

That translates to a boost from 15 to 85 per cent in around 35 minutes. Four driving modes are available, including Economy, Comfort, Personal and Sport. A pleasure to drive, it’s responsive (especially in Sport mode).

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The available instantaneous torque is quite noticeable under heavy acceleration, while switching between the various drive modes also changes the ambient lighting within the cabin, is a nice touch.

2024 Renault Megane E-Tech
2024 Renault Megane E-Tech

The whole setup is backed by a four-level regenerative braking system that makes use of the paddle shifters to deliver more or less charging capability on the go. Each also alters the dynamics of the vehicle.

We managed to lose traction on a few occasions in the wet, such is the available power, but the ABS works really well when activated. While the brakes do feel a little soft, overall, the ride quality and driving experience are quite good, as are its looks.

A drastic change from the hot hatch we’ve come to know and love, the E-Tech heralds the French car maker’s move to electric power, and continues the iconic name’s connection to innovative vehicles.

The Megane is the kind of car that turns heads wherever it goes, thanks to its sporty compact crossover body. On approach to the Renault, the smart key is detected, and the driver is greeted with extracted door handles, and a welcome sequence.

dash
Inside the 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech

Puddle lights project a large diamond on the ground, and the brand is illuminated on the door sill. The E-Tech sits on larger 20-inch two-tone Soren alloy wheels that look fantastic, giving the vehicle a real presence on the road.

Easily one of the nicest looking vehicles in its class, it can also be had in Flame Red, Night Blue, Shadow Grey, and Diamond Black, each with the option of a Shadow Grey or Diamond Black roof.

Inside, you’ll find a 12.3-inch high definition digital driver instrument cluster providing ample information, and a 9.0-inch touch screen multimedia system tilted towards the driver for improved visibility.

The 6-speaker Arkamys auditorium sound system is impressive, improved by a layout that utilises soft foam cushioning between the battery and the vehicle, providing crisp, sharp audio, although it does lack a little bass.

front seats
Inside the 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech

Bluetooth connectivity is available for audio streaming, along with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. DAB+ digital radio is present too, although there’s no GPS navigation. You’ll need to use your smartphone for that.

We found the wireless connectivity to Apple CarPlay to be a little hit and miss in a vehicle that has few flaws. Wireless charging is available for when your battery runs low, along with two USB-C in the front, two in the rear, and a 12V socket.

Automatic dual zone climate control is provided, as well as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The interior looks impressive, with yellow contrasting stitching on the pews, which are made fromm recycled fabric and leather style trims.

The dashboard is also covered in recycled fabric. In fact, the whole vehicle is made up of up to 90 per cent of such materials. That interior ambient lighting we mentioned comes in 48 colours, with “living lights” that change colour every 30 minutes.

second row
Inside the 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech

The manually adjustable seats are snug and supportive, with a suitable driving position easily found using the telescopic adjustable steering wheel (with a flat bottom and top). Ergonomically designed, it feels exceptionally comfortable while driving.

Storage is available in a sliding central armrest, front footwell (where there’s an adjustable cupholder), and the door pockets. Headroom is adequate for both front and rear passengers, and there’s 440-litres of boot space. The second row folds for 1332-litres.

With a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, the 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech features ABS, ESC, EBA (including active emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane assist, departure warning, blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control.

Airbags are provided throughout the cabin, and three child safety anchorage points are provided in the rear. Backed by a 5-year or 100,00km warranty, there’s also 8-years or 160,000km support for the battery (to 70 per cent capacity).

boot
Inside the 2024 Renault Megane E-Tech

Five years of roadside assistance is also included in the $59,949 drive away price for the Megane E-Tech, with just a single variant offered in Australia. You can find out more online, or by talking to your local Renault dealership.

Our test vehicle was provided by Renault Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7.5
Exterior styling
8.5
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
7.5
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
7.5

SUMMARY

Pros - looks fantastic; sporty styling; steering wheel comfort; 4-level regenerative braking.
Cons - home charger only an option; no sunroof; hit and miss Apple CarPlay connectivity.
John Kalantzis
John Kalantzis
John’s number one passion is motoring. From a young age John has been obsessed with collecting car magazines, and owned over 20 cars during this time. As a child John’s favourite car was the Corvette C4. John currently has a small collection of old and new cars, and a motorcycle. John’s other passions include, travelling, poker, cycling, and watching his favourite sporting teams.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> looks fantastic; sporty styling; steering wheel comfort; 4-level regenerative braking.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> home charger only an option; no sunroof; hit and miss Apple CarPlay connectivity.2024 Renault Megane E-Tech (car review)