In an ideal world, cars would be made with no time or effort spared and the best components possible. In reality, however, car makers need to satisfy conflicting demands and they don’t exactly have a bottomless pit of money to do so. Compromises often need to be struck, and the results are often derided and dismissed.
Take the Renault Megane for example. First introduced in the mid-1990s to replace the old 19, it is Renault’s C-segment representative and covers bodystyles ranging from hatchbacks to estates and even coupes and cabriolets. Evidently an important player in the line-up and yet, over four model generations, it is noteworthy as being intriguingly styled, but distinctly average as a product.