Renault Megane - car review

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In 1995, the Renault 19 was replaced by the Megane model. Initially, the car was offered only in two body styles: 5-door hatchback and 3-door coupe-fastback called Coach. These two options vary considerably in the design of the rear and the lamps with round diffusers at the coupe and ellipsoidal at the hatchback. The capacity of the luggage compartment hatchback from 350 to 1210 liters with the rear seat folded down, the coupe only 290 liters. But the front seats of the coupe are provided with lateral support. The driver has the opportunity to adjust the seat not only in length and angle of the back, but also in height.

The line of power units was presented: 1.6 l / 75 hp, 1.6 l / 90 hp, 2.0 l / 114 hp, 2.0 l 16-valve / 150 l. s., diesel 1.9 l / 64 hp, turbo diesel 1.9 l / 95 hp The latter, in May 1995, gave way to the newest turbo diesel DTi with 98 hp of direct fuel injection. In addition to the usual mechanical 5-speed gearbox, a 4-range automatic transmission with electronic control was offered. In 1996, a convertible was produced at the base of the coupe. In September 1996, a single-volume minis-van Scenic made its debut on the Magen platform. In January 1997, the four-door sedan appears. Its dimensions: length 4400 mm, height 1420 mm.

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Luggage compartment 510 liters nominally and up to 1310 liters with the rear seat folded down. Front suspension - McPherson, rear - with four torsion-type rods. Two airbags and ABS are standard equipment. The first generation Megane was a great success.

The car was in demand, and in 1997 he even won the title “Europe’s Most Popular Car”. In 1998, the Megane family of cars was updated. The body has got even more streamlined shape, thanks to the soft and smooth lines. The design is expressive and dynamic. The newly designed salon was equipped with the most modern equipment. In 1999, the Megane family was supplemented by another version, this time a generalist, which began to be produced in Turkey.

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Exterior wagon turned out balanced and harmonious, but not as extravagant as the hatchback. The wagon repeats in many ways the sedan: an elongated base, a similar range of engines, the same configuration. With its appearance, the range of models Megane has covered almost all classes and has become one of the most comprehensive on the European market.

There are three levels of equipment Renault Megane - PTE, PXE and PXT. They differ in the number of installed equipment and trim. In the best configuration - full power and four airbags. In general, safety designers paid special attention.

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It consists of two airbags for the driver and front passenger, side airbags to protect the head and chest and three-point belts with tensioners. Powerful and reliable brakes with anti-lock wheels (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution between the rear wheels (EBV) are standard equipment. Thus, for fans of sporty style and dynamism - a coupe, for those who want to combine good handling and capacity - a hatchback or a sedan, a wagon will provide the maximum usable volume for loading. Attractive and elegant - convertible. In the fall of 2002, Renault unveiled Mega II at the Paris auto show. A car with a bright personality and futuristic design.

According to the French manufacturer, he should strengthen the popularity and position of Renault in the European car market. Salon is the perfection of ergonomics. Everything is within reach, convenient and practical. The engine is started by the Start button.

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However, in order to start the car, another component is needed - a key card. The key is a card of the format of a business card or an ordinary bank card, only slightly thicker, with the buttons "Open", "Close" and "Climb into the trunk". Keys in the usual sense for the Megane is not provided, but with the cards are possible options. Available in three trim levels: Pack, Comfort, Deluxe. With four trim levels: Authentique, Expression, Dynamique, Privilege. Megane II is equipped with 16-valve petrol engines: 1.4 l / 98 hp, 1.6 l / 115 hp, 2.0 l / 136 hp and three turbodiesels with a common rail system: 1.5 liters (82 hp and 100 hp); 1.9 liters (120 hp).

All engines are aggregated with five- and six-speed manual transmissions, and with 1.6-and 2-liter engines and a 1.5-liter diesel engine, the Proactive automatic can be ordered. Vehicle equipment naturally varies depending on the configuration. With a gradual rise in price, power-colored power mirrors and exterior door handles, automatic wipers with a rain sensor, an automatic switch to turn on the exterior lighting, air conditioning, and 16-inch alloy wheels appear. The options include cruise control, bi-xenon headlights, climate control and a variety of music. But a model with a sedan in the production range of Renault Меgаnе II appeared only in October 2003.

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It is noteworthy that the sedan with a hatchback has 80% identical components. Saloon sedan repeats hatchback one to one. The same dashboard, center console and soft plastic front panel. But the P-shaped "handbrake" looks very distinctive. The base of the sedan is 61 mm longer, which is directly reflected in the amount of free space for the legs of the rear passengers (231 mm - these data bring Megane to the top in the class) and the size of the rear doors, which facilitate access to the salon.

Increasing the rear overhang has led to an increase in luggage space, which can now be loaded 520 liters of cargo. They are responsible for passive safety: advanced ABS, EBV with an “emergency brake assist”, two frontal, two side and two “curtain” air bags, belts with pretensioners and force limiters. But if the sedan was introduced in the range of the previous generation, the coupe-convertible with a hard folding roof is a new type of car for the Renault in principle. Mega SS turned out beautiful, vivid and memorable.

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To raise or lower the top, you must press and hold the key between the front seats. On everything about everything takes 22 seconds. The landing is lower than that of the sedan, since they reduced the height of the seat so that the driver could feel the road better. Renault representatives especially emphasize that there is no equal in the coupe-cabriolet market in terms of the back sofa space.

Plus, excellent aerodynamics. The chassis is pretty tough. For the coupe-cabriolet there are three engines. In March 2004, the hatchback Renault Меgане II Sport appears. A massive front bumper with a large air intake, bright fog lights, a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tires Continental Sport Contact 2 dimensions 225/40 - these are just some of the components of the dynamic appearance of the Mega II Sport. Sports seats with Renault Sport logo are extremely comfortable and moderately soft and provide decent comfort.

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They are equipped with all the necessary adjustments. The steering column is also adjustable in flight and tilt, which allows the driver to take an optimally comfortable position. The instrument panel is framed by black “rings” in the corporate style of Renault Sport. The steering wheel trimmed with leather with audio and cruise control buttons has convenient grip. But the center console - exactly the same as that of the "ordinary" Megane. Aluminum pedals.

"Gas" and "Brake" are located close to each other and at the same height, and the short-stroke "clutch" is shifted slightly to the left. The driver and the front passenger are separated by a massive central tunnel with a compartment for every little thing, in the center of which is a 6-speed manual gearbox. Under the hood of the Mega Sport there is a petrol 2.0 16V with a capacity of 225 hp.

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The turbine begins to work since 1950 revolutions per minute, informing the car of explosive acceleration. And the moment of pickup is quite predictable, it is easy to manage. To accelerate to 100 km / h, the French “car” takes only 6.5 seconds. The third generation Renault Megane five-door hatchback was introduced in the fall of 2008 at the Paris Motor Show. Renault Megane III coupe models (a three-door hatchback) and estate (Estate) saw the world in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The third generation was not as extravagant as the previous one. If earlier the hatchback and the coupe differed from each other in the shape of the side windows, now they are completely different cars. The hatchback embodies practicality, and the coupe, as it should be, is selfish, having lost in the rearview, ease of access and luggage compartment volume. Not a trace is left of the old chopped forms. The streamlined body, smooth lines, spectacular shadings on the hood and front fenders. By the way, before the wings were plastic, and now steel.

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The coupe looks much more aggressive than its fellow hatchback. Three-door with licked stern and silver accents in the front bumper looks bright, dynamic and modern. The dimensions of the cars are almost identical, differing only in height and are 4295 mm in length, 1808 mm in width, 1471 mm in height (“height” of the hatchback, coupe 4.8 cm lower), 2640 mm wheelbase and 12 cm of ground clearance. That is, with respect to the previous generation, the car slightly increased in size. At the same time, the luggage compartment slightly decreased, 372 liters.

in a hatchback and 344 liters. the coupe (the rear seats folded increase the loading capacity to 1129 and 991 liters, respectively). The versatile version is most similar in design to the hatchback, although it has a number of its own stylistic solutions.

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The length of the novelty is 263 mm longer than that of the “pyatidverki” and is 4558 mm., And the wheelbase “grew” by 62 mm and is equal to 2702 mm. Based on the increase in the wheelbase and the rear part of the body, special attention was paid to maintaining the balance of dynamic proportions: the slope of the roof, the steep slope of the rear window and the elongated side windows in the tail section of the car create an elegant, energetic profile. The station wagon is ideal for a trip for the whole family, because in addition to the spacious cabin, the luggage compartment has an impressive size - 524 liters (with 1,595 liters of rear seats folded).

Access to the luggage compartment is facilitated by a low threshold: its height of 561 mm is the lowest in its segment. If necessary, the trunk of the Megane Estate can be divided into 2 separate zones: one large compartment and one smaller rear, which makes it possible to adapt the space to the needs of the current time. Two additional storage compartments are provided under the floor. Inside, the Megane III borrowed the very best from the older models of the brand. The new design of the dashboard reminds Renault Laguna, in the decoration used higher quality finishing materials.

Soft materials replaced the hard plastic of the interior - not only the front panel, but also the door upholstery. They have become more pleasant to the touch of the handle and button. The highlight of the third generation cabin Megane - the original architecture of the devices, combining functionality and beauty. In the middle of the dashboard flaunts a huge digital speedometer.

The model acquired an electromechanical parking brake (became the replacement of the parking brake bracket in the Megane II). The seats can now be ordered not only with electric adjustment, but also with the “memory” of the positions. For Europe, an extensive range of petrol (from 100 to 180 hp.) And diesel (from 85 to 130 hp.) Engines is offered, but for Russia, only petrol versions of 1.6 and 2 liters are provided. Hatchback relies 1.6-liter engine per 106 liters. s., aggregated with a 5-speed manual gearbox or 4-speed automatic transmission. On the coupe installed 1.6 liter engines. (110 hp, 6-speed manual gearbox) and 2.0 l.

(143 hp, CVT variator). On the running characteristics of the third generation, first of all, a positive impact on the use of a new engine subframe, new electric power steering settings with improved feedback and rear beam with programmable stiffness, which allowed us to abandon the rear stabilizer. In addition to all the listed Megane Coupe is equipped with more rigid springs and has an even lower ground clearance, which adds sharpness of control, and a more powerful engine provides a fairly dynamic start. The positive points include the traditional smoothness of the course for Renault, which is really important in the Russian context.

In 2010, the third generation Renault Megane CC was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Its main difference from competitors is a glass folding roof of almost one square meter. The mechanism, developed in the body studio Karmann, allows you to fold the roof weighing 110 kg in just 21 seconds. Improved aerodynamics and noise isolation allow you to enjoy an open top ride up to a speed of 90 km / h. With a length of 4.49 meters and a wheelbase of 2.61 meters, the Megane CC III convertible can accommodate four passengers in its cabin.

The luggage compartment of the car has a volume of 417 liters when the roof is raised and 211 liters when folded. The Megane CC received six engine options: 1.6 petrol with 110 horsepower, 2.0 (140 hp) and 1.4 TCe (130 hp), 1.5 diesel diesel (110 hp), 1.9 dCi (130 hp). pp.) and 2.0 dCi (160 hp). The sports versions of the GT Line and GT are equipped with a 180 hp 2.0 TCe. Three types of gearboxes are provided for engines, the main of which is 6-speed with manual shifting and two automatic, which are installed only on two types of engines: a 6-speed robotized with two clutches for a 1.5 dCi diesel engine and a gasoline-variable transmission box 2 , 0.

The cabriolet is produced in a French enterprise in the city of Douai, where the Scenic and Grand Scenic models are already produced. In 2012, the restyled Megane was introduced, which received the official name “Collection 2012”. Changes in design are purely cosmetic.

External differences of cars of this year from the previous models consist in the presence of daytime LED running lights on all versions. Also in the design of the car in greater quantities used chrome parts. The range of equipment Renault Megane 2012 replenished with a night vision system with auto-switching low / high beam Visio, rear-view camera, as well as a system of monitoring cars on the road - Hill Start Assist, helping to comfortably get under way. The cabin is equipped with an air pollution sensor that automatically starts recirculation mode. Over its long history, the Renault Megane has changed, improved and replenished. The car is very popular.

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