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Segment: Compact

Renault introduced the second generation of the Megane in 2003, and it already knew what the market asked for a budget-car, and which were the customers' expectations from it.

The French carmaker built its compact segment contender in four shapes: hatchback with three and five doors, sedan, station wagon, and coupe cabriolet. The three-box version was designed especially for families and fleets.

Megane's second generation showed a clear understanding of the new-edge design trend. At the front, the angular and angled headlights were continued with a black grille in a wide V-shaped line. In the middle, Renault's rhomboidal badge matched the car's lines. With its clear edges across the hood and raked windshield, the Megane Sedan managed to be not too bold and not too bald either. The wide C-pillar and the curved rear windscreen created a fluid line toward the flat and straight trunk lid in the back. Its corner-mounted taillights were a cost-effective solution.

Inside, Renault managed to offer decent room for four people by limiting the front seats front and back travel. Thus, the driers taller than 1.90 m (6.2') had difficulties in finding a driving position. But since the average European size was around 1.75 m (5.7'), the carmaker didn't see that as a problem. Unlike most other carmakers on the market, Renault offered a keyless entry and start system with an RF card, which had to be pushed in a slot at the bottom of the center stack.

Under the hood, Renault installed powerplants ranged between 82 hp and 135 hp, both gasoline or turbo-diesel. Depending on the version, the carmaker paired them with a five or six-speed manual, while a four-speed automatic was available for selected engines.

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RENAULT Megane Sedan 2003 - 2006
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.4L 16V 5MT (82 HP)
  • 1.4L 16V 5MT (98 HP)
  • 1.6L 16V 5MT (125 HP)
  • 2.0L 16V 6MT (136 HP)
  6 diesel engines
  • 1.5L dCi 5MT (100 HP)
  • 1.5L dCi 5MT (105 HP)
  • 1.5L dCi 5MT (80 HP)
  • 1.5L dCi 5MT (85 HP)
  • 1.9L dCi 5MT (120 HP)
  • 1.9L dCi 5MT (130 HP)

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.4L 16V 5MT (82 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 16V 5MT (82 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
60 KW @ 6000 RPM
82 HP @ 6000 RPM
80 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
91 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
123 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65/R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2568.4 lbs (1165 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3836 lbs (1740 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.6 mpg US (9.2 L/100Km)
Highway
43.5 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
Combined
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
162 g/km

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.4L 16V 5MT (98 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 16V 5MT (98 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
72 KW @ 6000 RPM
98 HP @ 6000 RPM
97 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
94 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
127 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65/R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.16 in (4500 mm)
Width
70.07 in (1780 mm)
Height
57.48 in (1460 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.84/59.44 in (1,520/1,510 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2568.38 lbs (1165 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3836.04 lbs (1740 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Highway
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.6L 16V 5MT (125 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 16V 5MT (125 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
83 KW @ 6000 RPM
113 HP @ 6000 RPM
111 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
112 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
152 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
120 mph (193 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65/R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2590.4 lbs (1175 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3858.1 lbs (1750 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
Highway
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
163 g/km

RENAULT Megane Sedan 2.0L 16V 6MT (136 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 16V 6MT (136 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
99 KW @ 5500 RPM
135 HP @ 5500 RPM
133 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
141 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
191 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
126 mph (203 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55/R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2755.8 lbs (1250 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4023.4 lbs (1825 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
Highway
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
191 g/km

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.5L dCi 5MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L dCi 5MT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1461 cm3
Power
73.5 KW @ 4000 RPM
100 HP @ 4000 RPM
99 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
148 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM
200 Nm @ 1900 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113 mph (182 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65/R15T
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2623.5 lbs (1190 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3924.2 lbs (1780 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Highway
58.8 mpg US (4 L/100Km)
Combined
52.3 mpg US (4.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
119 g/km

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.5L dCi 5MT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L dCi 5MT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1461 cm3
Power
78 KW @ 4000 RPM
106 HP @ 4000 RPM
105 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
240 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115.6 mph (186 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65/R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2623.5 lbs (1190 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3924.2 lbs (1780 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Highway
57.4 mpg US (4.1 L/100Km)
Combined
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
124.6 g/km

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.5L dCi 5MT (80 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L dCi 5MT (80 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1461 cm3
Power
58.8 KW @ 4000 RPM
80 HP @ 4000 RPM
79 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
136 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
184 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65/R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2601.5 lbs (1180 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3902.2 lbs (1770 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Highway
60.3 mpg US (3.9 L/100Km)
Combined
52.3 mpg US (4.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
117 g/km

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.5L dCi 5MT (85 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L dCi 5MT (85 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1461 cm3
Power
63 KW @ 3750 RPM
86 HP @ 3750 RPM
84 BHP @ 3750 RPM
Torque
148 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM
200 Nm @ 1900 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.7 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65/R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2601.5 lbs (1180 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3902.2 lbs (1770 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Highway
56 mpg US (4.2 L/100Km)
Combined
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.9L dCi 5MT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L dCi 5MT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1870 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 4000 RPM
120 HP @ 4000 RPM
118 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
300 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2799.9 lbs (1270 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4067.5 lbs (1845 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Highway
53.5 mpg US (4.4 L/100Km)
Combined
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
141 g/km

RENAULT Megane Sedan 1.9L dCi 5MT (130 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L dCi 5MT (130 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1870 cm3
Power
96 KW @ 4000 RPM
131 HP @ 4000 RPM
129 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
300 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124.3 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65/R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.2 in (4501 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.4 in (1,519/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.4 cuFT (521 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2799.9 lbs (1270 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4067.5 lbs (1845 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Highway
49 mpg US (4.8 L/100Km)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
148 g/km
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