160hp may sound sporty but the electrification provides an additional weight of about 200kg and an Atkinson engine does not really suit an engaging driving style. Just like with a classic hybrid, the engine picks up speed rather quickly and keeps on revving at the top for a while.
At full throttle, this Megane reveals that it prefers calm driving over sprinting as the engine makes a racket. The robotised gearbox is not the fastest either. If you drive gently, on the other hand, you will appreciate the car's softness and smoothness. In electric driving mode, the Megane is also an example of quietness.
Driving comfort surpasses all expectations. The front seats are comfortable, the steering wheel has a natural feel and the ergonomics are excellent. The handling is predictable, offering reassuring understeer.