Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate - Interior & comfort
Stylish and packed with technology, the Renault Megane Sport Tourer has a bang up-to-date interior
Renault has been on something of a march of late, having scored a run of impressive review verdicts for the Renault Kadjar and Renault Captur SUVs, both of which were praised for the design and quality of their interiors. This is great news for the French brand – interior fit and finish was never previously seen as its strong suit, but recent efforts show the marque is improving in this area.
If the Megane is anything to go by, rivals will need to double their efforts to respond to the challenge Renault is putting forward. Many manufacturers can manage a stylish interior and a good few can create a beautifully built one. The Megane, though, comes close to achieving high marks in both respects and the Sport Tourer maintains the hatchback’s impressive standards here.
Also impressive is the Megane’s ride quality; the Sport Tourer is every bit as smooth and comfortable on long journeys as the hatchback.
Renault Megane dashboard
There are two dashboard styles available on the Megane Sport Tourer, or so it seems. In fact, they share the same architecture, but the amount of standard kit makes a huge difference to the way each model looks on the inside.
The entry-level Play trim is fitted with a seven-inch touchscreen, but you really feel like you’ve arrived in an up-to-date car if you choose GT Line. The dashboard is then dominated by an extremely smart looking 8.7-inch portrait-orientated screen. It really lifts the whole interior of the car and boasts a huge variety of features – although the screen itself could be a little more responsive.
The overall finish is generally to a high standard, enlivened by chrome accents and tactile soft-touch areas where fingers regularly roam. However, if they stray too far from the regular touch points, they’ll encounter instances of harder, cheaper-feeling plastic – but in not great enough quantities to tarnish the overall impression.
Renault has clearly paid attention to ergonomics, too. A natural driving position is easy for most drivers to attain and the seats are comfortable and well padded. The analogue instruments on the Play model are clear, too, while a seven-inch colour screen presents the speedometer on Iconic models and above, looking fresh without loss of legibility.
Equipment is generous across the entire Renault Sport Tourer range. Even entry-level Play cars have cruise control, as well as niceties like dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels, Bluetooth and DAB digital radio. The Iconic is a little more lavish with its automatic headlamps and wipers and rear parking sensors, plus TomTom Live sat nav, heated folding mirrors and an electric handbrake.
That stylish 8.7-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen is standard in GT Line models as well as darkened privacy glass and bigger 18-inch alloy wheels. Its interior is lent occasion by sports seats highlighted with blue stitching and sport logos as well as blue flourishes to the instrument cluster.
It’s that display that makes the headlines in the technology section. We’ve seen similar setups before in the expensive Tesla Model S and Volvo XC90, but never in a mainstream family car. The 8.7-inch screen allows access to a host of functions via Renault’s R-Link 2 infotainment system, including TomTom Live navigation and Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming – although this functionality is also available through the smaller seven-inch display of lower models.
Iconic and GT Line versions both feature Renault’s ‘Multisense’ system, which allows you to customise a number of aspects of the car’s configuration to suit your tastes and mood, including the interior lighting colour, throttle response and steering assistance. So, if your mood changes, you can choose red interior lighting, firm steering and an immediate throttle response – and assign these settings to one of six modes to recall later.
If there’s a feature you specifically want on a higher model in the range, but you don’t need the other features that that model comes with, you may be able to add it to a lower model as an optional extra. The options list includes many instances of that: for example, the 8.7-inch screen of the GT Line can be optionally fitted to the Iconic for £300.
As well as individual options, there are a number of option packs. Notable examples are a Parking Pack, which includes front parking sensors and a rear parking camera. There’s also a Parking Pack Premium that introduces hands-free parking, 360-degree sensors and blind-spot warnings.
We strongly recommend the Safety Pack, which adds distance warning and automatic emergency braking, or the Safety Pack Premium, which adds adaptive cruise control to the above.