Renault Megane

The Renault Megane is a family car offered available in three and five-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.

The Coupe and Hatch body styles are engineered for performance and ride comfort with re-engineered MacPherson front suspension and rear torsion beam.

There is a tuned sports chassis for the Megane Coupe, with stiffer springs and dampers and lower roll centre height.

The Megane Hatch and Coupe offer Expression, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom trim levels with GT Line TomTom models having technical input from Renaultsport Technologies.

All models are equipped with air conditioning, keyless car with Renault card, variable power assisted steering and heated electrically adjustable door mirrors.

Other features include leather upholstery, automatic headlamps and wipers and Dual Zone climate control, Bluetooth and an audio system.

Active and passive safety systems on the Renault Megane include electronic stability control with anti-skid regulation and understeer control. Also included are anti-lock brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution.

The Renault Megane is powered by five petrol and four diesel engines depending on bodystyle. Used Renault Megane models are available with a wider range of engines.

These include the 1.4-litre TCe 130 and 2.0-litre TCe 180 turbocharged petrol. The range also includes 2.0 dCi 150 and 160 diesel engines.

The dCi 90, 110 and 130hp diesel engines have carbon dioxide emissions from 106g/km.

There is a 1.5-litre dCi 110 engine with dual-clutch automatic transmission, giving carbon dioxide emissions of 114g/km and average fuel economy in excess of 60mpg.

A 2.0-litre 16V 140 petrol engine is matched to Renault’s continuously variable transmission system. The Renault Megane is manufactured at the company’s Palencia production centre in Spain.

The first generation of the Megane was areplacement for the Renault 19.

The first two versions of the range, Megane Hatchback and Coupe, appeared in September 1995.

There then followed Scenic and Convertible models in 1996 and the Megane Classic saloon was added to the range the following year.

Megane manufacturing output reached 3,400 units per day in 1998, with the model also including a Megane Estate.

The second generation of the Megane achieved a 5-star Euro NCAP rating and was developed in 29 months - compared to the 46-month development programme time of the original Megane.

A three-door Sport Hatch and five-door Hatch version of Megane II was launched in 2002.

Total investment in Megane II was €2.1 billion.

The Megane II saw the introduction of revised versions of all five body types in 2006 and the introduction of five Megane Renaultsport versions.

A new generation of Megane models was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2008.