New Renault Megane Through the Ages
The New Renault Megane Through the Ages
Since its initial conception in 1995, the Renault Megane has become an increasingly popular model. If you’re out on the UK roads you’re bound to see one of these much-loved family vehicles on your journey.
The overwhelming popularity of this model spawned various different body types and engines, from the Renault Megane Sport to the Renault Megane Coupé and a Renault Megane seven-seater, ideal for families looking for a car packed full of useful utilities.
With four major updates to the model over the years, the Megane has come a long way from the first generation. The most recent generation is a far cry from the first model, with highly advanced driving functionalities, updated technologies and an up to date design.
But these updated features don’t detract from the previous generations’ charm. The Megane has always been an interesting and eye-catching model: meaning that the earlier models still hold a certain allure, especially for lifelong fans. And with over 22 years of being in production, the Renault Megane is most certainly here to stay.
Renault Megane 1: 1995 – 2002
Renault Megane 2: 2002 – 2009
Renault Megane 3: 2008 – 2016
Renault Megane 4: 2016 – now
Renault Megane 1: 1995 – 2002
The first generation of the ever-popular Megane began production in 1995 and used a gently curved design, replacing the boxier Renault 19. Utilising safety features that were relatively advanced for the 1990s, passenger safety was of the utmost importance when designing the Renault Megane 1.
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Not just the first ever model, the MK 1 Megane was the base for many variants and models. Initially being released as a hatch and saloon with an athletic coupé and convertible version coming later, the base model allowed for a diverse range of models.
Revolutionising the market, the Megane Scenic is widely accepted to have started off the mini-MPV class.
This model paved the way for the success, becoming one of the most popular small family cars produced.
Renault Megane 2: 2002 – 2008
Completely switching up the look of the car, the Renault Megane 2 featured a truly striking design. Cleaner lines and more accentuated curves were complemented by the larger rear design (backed up with a hotly contested ad campaign about rear ends.) The sharp drop off from the top and the pushed out bottom makes for an eye-catching design.
Not only cosmetic changes, the second generation Megane saw some functional updates too. This model utilised keyless entry via a Renault Card, the first to do so in its segment, whilst the panoramic sunroof is something taken out of high-end vehicles.
Further matching high-end cars, the Megane featured advanced technology. Gaining a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the anti-submarine airbag engages from the seat to stop you from sliding out of your seat in the event of a crash.
The Renault Megane II also spawned the Renault Sport model, paving the way for Sport versions of other cars.
Renault Megane 3: 2008 – 2016
The sleeker exterior styling added a touch of class and moved the third generation Megane towards a more high-end feel. Bringing the ever-popular model into the modern era of cars with incredibly comfortable interiors and advanced functionalities, the Renault Megane 3 builds on the strong foundations of its predecessors.
The Megane is truly updated and can be put on a level with other class-leading models from other brands, matching with a high quality interior, new technologies and a new sleek design.
On the inside, a redesigned digital dashboard features all the standard displays through a crisp display, whilst the top of the range models come pre-installed with a TomTom system that features real-time traffic updates alongside speed camera warnings. Gaining yet another five-star Euro NCAP rating, the Renault Megane 3 features eight airbags to keep you safe in the event of a collision.
This model may be slightly longer than the previous by 10cm but it’s 8KG lighter thanks to the clever construction. The electric steering makes for a much more receptive drive whilst enhancing the fuel economy.
Renault Sport models were also introduced, ensuring there’s a model suited to everyone from fans to families. These models exemplify the effort put into construction, with both 265 and 275 Renault Sport Megane vehicles setting records at Nurburgring for a production car with front-wheel drive.
The New Renault Megane: 2016 – now
Learning from the past successes of the model, the new Renault Megane is packed with useful technologies, the latest safety features and a powerful performance. The Renault Megane 4 takes all the right cues from the previous models and mixes with innovative features and functions.
The assured stance of the new Megane makes it stand out on the road whilst the clean modern lines create a sleek contoured feel. Powerful LED lights illuminate the redesigned C-shape headlight fixtures. The angled headlights slope down to the strong front grille, making for an athletic and imposing look, befitting style typical of modern motors.
Sitting lower on the road than before, the new Renault Megane feels and looks more athletic than the previous models. The current generation is slowly moving away from an all-purpose family vehicle towards a sportier vehicle for everyday use.
A far cry from the first model, the new Megane is jam-packed with useful technology that enhances both your comfort and overall driving experience:
- Ambient lighting lets you set the mood of the interior.
- A satnav system works to keep you on the right track.
- The infotainment system lets you listen to your favourite tracks on a long journey.
- BOSE speakers output high quality audio for a professional-sounding listening experience.
The most powerful model of the Renault Megane 4 outputs a seriously astounding 203bhp, making light work of both urban and motorway driving.