Review

Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate

Price  £17,750 - £24,245

Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Handsome looks
  • High-quality interior
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Poor resale values
  • GT version isn't sporty
  • Lower-powered engines struggle

At a glance

The greenest
GT Line TomTom Energy dCi 110 S/S eco2 5dr £21,745
The cheapest
Expression+ 1.6 110 5dr £17,750
The fastest
GT 220 S/S 5dr £24,245
Top of the range
GT 220 S/S 5dr £24,245

"The Renault Megane Sport Tourer isn’t overly sporty. This is an estate that prioritises practicality and comfort."

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer is an affordable, practical family estate car. It's not quite as sporty as its name suggests, but it looks attractive and offers a comfortable driving experience with the added space of an estate. It easily rivals the likes of the Kia Cee’d SW estate and Ford Focus estate for luggage room. Light yet accurate steering means it drives nicely enough, but a smooth ride on rough roads is its real trump card.

Virtually all of the engines are very economical, but the most frugal 1.5-litre dCi 110 eco2 version is capable of 80.7mpg and is exempt from road tax, although it isn’t what you’d call quick. The alternative 1.6-litre diesel engine has plenty of pulling power, is strong on the motorway (even with a boot full of luggage) and is almost as cheap to run as the 1.5-litre.

However, some of the petrol engines are fairly economical, too, and they make more sense if your annual mileage is relatively low or if you tend to stick to town driving. There's also a fast and powerful GT model for those who want a bit more performance, too – just don’t expect the same kind of economy.

The Megane Sport Tourer comes in three specifications – entry-level Expression+, mid-range Dynamique TomTom and top-of-the-range GT Line TomTom. The GT Line models look smart and are more fun to drive, but their firmer suspension somewhat spoils their appeal as a comfortable family car.

Equipment is generous regardless of which model you choose and even the cheapest Expression+ spec comes with air-conditioning and a Bluetooth phone connection. The next level up, Dynamique TomTom, gets a lot more luxuries, including automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, cruise control and sat nav.

The Megane's Achilles’ heel is safety and reliability, because it doesn’t score well in either are – despite Renault's reputation for building safe cars.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate’s diesel engines offer best mix of performance and low costs

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate’s handling doesn't live up to its name

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate is one of the most comfortable models in its class

Practicality & boot space

4 / 5

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate’s false boot floor boosts practicality

Reliability & safety

2.2 / 5

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate is safe enough, but the brand’s reputation for reliability isn't great

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
“The Renault Megane Sport Tourer mixes stylish looks with a spacious, practical interior and a focus on comfort.”
4 / 5
“The Renault Megane Sport Tourer does a decent job of combining load-lugging capability with stylish looks. It's not something that can be said of similar cars of this size that often tend to lack one or the other.”

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What owners say

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4.1 /5 based on 23 reviews
65%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
17 Dec 2014
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