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Renault Megane

The Renault Megane II has sharp looks and features class-leading safety



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.5 dCi 86 hp 4.5 l/100km Diesel 14.3 s 185 km/h
1.4 16V 100 hp 6.9 l/100km Petrol 12.5 s 183 km/h
1.5 dCi 106 hp 4.5 l/100km Diesel 11.1 s 185 km/h
1.6 16V VVT 111 hp 6.9 l/100km Petrol 10.9 s 192 km/h
1.9 dCi 130 hp 5.5 l/100km Diesel 9 s 200 km/h
2.0 16V VVT 136 hp 8 l/100km Petrol 9.2 s 200 km/h
2.0 dCi 150 hp 5.4 l/100km Diesel 8 s 210 km/h
2.0 Turbo 165 hp 7.7 l/100km Petrol 8 s 220 km/h
RS 2.0 Turbo 225 hp 8.8 l/100km Petrol 6.5 s 236 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3/4/5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 209 mm
Width 1 777 mm
Height 1 457 mm
Wheelbase 2 625 mm
Ground clearance 125 mm
Weight (normal) 1 165 kg
Weight (max) 1 715 kg
Boot space (min) 420 l
Boot space (max) 1 190 l
Fuel capacity 60 l

 

   The Renault Megane is produced since 2002. It is available in convertible, estate and sedan body styles.

   There are a number of petrol and diesel engines developed for the Renault Megane II. Probably the most impressive engine is the 2.0-liter diesel. It has both fantastic performance and fuel consumption. The 2.0-liter petrol also has plenty of punch, while the most powerful turbocharged unit develops 225 hp.

   The ride is supple, although it canít mask all potholes and rutted surfaces. This cushiness is evident in some lean in tight corners, but it holds the road well. However, the electric power steering is devoid of feedback, and strong self-centring means you have to keep a firm grip on the wheel.

   It is surprising, but the 1.6-liter petrol is noisier than 1.9 or 2.0-liter turbodiesels. The wind noise is noticeable when the car reaches 100 km (60 mph) limit and there is some road noise coming from the rear suspension, but comparing to it's rivals the Renault Megane is quiet.

   The Renault Megane is one of the best value-for-money cars in the class. It is not expensive to buy and servicing costs are reasonable. Furthermore it features a good fuel economy as well. To top it up it is worth mentioning that the Megane achieved a 5-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating. It was the first car in it's class to do so. A number of innovative technologies were used in this car.

   Inside the Megane everything is made up to the highest standard from the top quality materials. All the surfaces are soft to touch and are fitted nicely.

   The driver sits high, but the steering wheel can be adjusted both ways. The controls are well placed and easy to use.

   The Renault Megane II is larger than it's predecessor, but it do not helps for the rear passengers. The rear seats are more suitable for children, as they lack legroom. However it features a large and well shaped boot.

   Eight airbags are fitted on the five-door models, and even up to ten on the three-door. Anti-lock braces are standard across the range. Furthermore every model has an extensive list of passive safety features.

   The Renault Megane comes in five different trim levels. Two bottom models miss an air-conditioning, CD player and split rear seats. However all models are equipped with front and rear electric windows, rain sensitive automatic wipers and other goodies.

   Production of the Renault Megane II still continues. In 2006 was facelifted and received a revised interior trim and a new front suspension similar to the RenaultSport model.

   The Megane RenaultSport or RS models have an improved handling, sportier bodystyle and are completed with 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, delivering 225 hp, and accelerating to 100 km/h (60 mph) in just 6.5 seconds.

  

   Advantages: Distinctive looks, stand out from the crowd. Good quality and new diesels are refined and punchy.

   Disadvantages: Rear knee space is limited. Despite looks, Megane is bland to drive.

   Verdict: Sharp looks and class-leading safety. 

   Also consider: Citroen C4, Peugeot 307.

 
Renault Megane

Renault Megane

Renault Megane

Renault Megane

Renault Megane

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