Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate
Price £18,570 - £24,250
- Handsome looks
- High-quality interior
- Comfortable to drive
- Poor resale values
- Lingering reliability concerns
- Less powerful engines struggle
At a glance
"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. With the exception of the GT220 model, 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 GT220 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. There's also the GT 220 trim, which boasts a 218bhp Renaultsport engine and various upgraded components.
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.
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