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Twelve Cars of Christmas - Renault Megane - Number 11

The Renault Megane has made a triumphant entry into Motoring.co.uk's Twelve Cars of Christmas list in position eleven.

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The Renault Megane has made a triumphant entry into Motoring.co.uk's Twelve Cars of Christmas list in position eleven. This roll call of automotive magnificence is a celebration of our favourite vehicles based on economy, space, price, style, and popularity. So, why is this small family car worthy of attention?

The latest Megane is a considerable improvement on its predecessor. The late model's questionable styling has been banished to the 'unwanted gifts' pile and replaced with a sleek elegant design. The handling is also far sharper and Renault have tried to improve the unremarkable build quality. However, this generation's long term durability is unproven.

This spacious family car is available with a choice of ten engines. These include five petrols but the economical diesels are more popular. The entry-level 1.5-litre DCI produces 86bhp and achieves a combined average of 62mpg. It may crawl to 60mph in 12.5 seconds but the compensations are low emissions and affordable road tax.

The Renault Megane deserves its place on the Christmas list because it is versatile enough to satisfy a wide variety of motorists. It is practical, affordable, and achieved Euro NCAP's maximum five-star safety rating for adult occupants.

Prices for a new Renault Megane range from £13,985 - £22,335. Previously enjoyed used examples start in the region of £10,500.