The Renault Megane is a car is slat bang in the middle of its class. In terms of size, performance, build quality and everything else, you will easily find cars which are better and worse in every characteristic. Whether this car is right for you depends on what you're looking for.
The second revision of the Renault Megane is certainly well-known for its sleek design. Some would say that it looks quite good for its type (I am in this category) while others would argue that the car is ugly. On the inside, you can be pleasantly surprised by the amount of room in the boot given the exterior design of the car. With the rear seats folding down, there is little I have not managed to transport in it from windowsills and curtain rails to christmas trees.
The dashboard is simple, yet effective. Aircon has the usual buttons, the radio is surprisingly good and has a 6-CD changer that is loaded through the boot coupled with very good steering wheel controls which literally obliterate the need to ever touch the console while driving whether it is to change track, switch from radio to CDs or mute the volume.
The steering and the drive is fairly responsive for a car of its type. The torque low down is good and the front-wheel drive feels fun to throw around corners. For the class and money, this car is certainly performs well.
It must be noted however, that insurance is relatively expensive with this car. Being insurance group 8, it is no Corsa. One other downside is the quality of some of the internal components. During our ownership, ball bearings and general drive train components had to be replaced a number of times. The gearbox and engine mountings are poor and the battery connectors rusted away during our ownership. While these are not major issues, it is important to beware before splashing the cash.