Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate
“The Renault Megane Sport Tourer is an attractive and practical small estate, but you’ll need to avoid the most basic trim if you want to enjoy all it has to offer”
- Low running costs
- Striking looks
- Smooth ride
- Rivals better to drive
- Other estates are more spacious
- Most advanced safety tech is optional
The Renault Megane Sport Tourer is a hatchback-based family estate designed to appeal to those with an active lifestyle, offering plenty of room for luggage and equipment. It might sound like a niche model then, but the Renault isn’t short of rivals, facing off against the SEAT Leon ST, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and Peugeot 308 SW, to name just a few. All have fashion-conscious names to tempt customers who might be left cold by the traditional ‘estate’ badge.
But that’s not the case with some of the competition, like the Skoda Octavia Estate and Ford Focus Estate, which are among the most practical and best-to-drive models in the class. The Megane Sport Tourer takes the strengths of the hatchback – stylish looks, a smart interior and low running costs – and adds practicality.
It lives up to its name in the way it looks, with rakish lines at odds with the squared-off and boxy proportions of traditional estate cars. It also manages to look nicely balanced, unlike some estates based on hatchbacks, with an elongated boot at odds with the rest of the car. On all trim levels, silver roof bars help accentuate its longer roofline.
Despite its unique looks, the Sport Tourer is virtually identical to the regular Megane under the metal. It has the same simple engine range, which was slimmed down in May 2018 to just a 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 138bhp and a diesel 1.5-litre with 113bhp.
The diesel majors on fuel economy, getting the car from 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds while being able to return up to 64.2mpg, which is actually a little more than the hatchback. Petrol offers a better compromise between performance and economy, and will be the best option for most drivers. You can expect up to 47.1mpg and a sub-10 second 0-62mph time. A plug-in hybrid Megane Sport Tourer is joining the range from August 2020.
Like the hatchback, the Sport Tourer range opens with the Play model, which is actually fairly well equipped given its entry-level status. Two-zone air-conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and alloy wheels are standard, as well as cruise control and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. Iconic adds digital instruments and sat nav, along with automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, extra safety kit and an automatic handbrake.
Moving up to GT Line really makes a difference to how the Megane Sport Tourer presents itself inside and out. The dashboard comes alive thanks to an 8.7-inch portrait-orientated touchscreen, while darker tinted glass on the rear windows, silver wing mirrors and 18-inch alloys add a touch of class to the exterior.
We already know that the Megane hatchback is a comfortable car, and the Sport Tourer doesn’t disappoint either. You can tell there’s a little more bulk to it, but the difference is marginal and doesn’t make the car any less enjoyable to drive. Even better is that the excellent ride quality is preserved, and the Sport Tourer is sure to make a comfortable car for family travel.
Overall, the Sport Tourer is just as accomplished an all-rounder as the Megane hatchback, but adds handy extra boot capacity without causing any compromises elsewhere. You could even argue that it’s better looking in estate form. Certainly, with low running costs, a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and stacks of technology, the Megane Sport Tourer is every bit an estate of the art.