Renault Megane Sport Tourer estate - Reliability & safety

Renault has a strong reputation for safety, but reliability needs to improve if the Renault Megane Sport Tourer is to meet customer expectations

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Renault knows the value of safety when it comes to selling a car and the five-star Euro NCAP ratings of many of its models have given the brand a strong reputation in this regard.

The Megane Sport Tourer shows all the signs of adhering to this rule, with modern safety equipment and a strong body. It’s already one of the most comfortable cars on the road and you’ll feel even more at ease knowing you’ll be safe if the worst should happen.

Reliability is an entirely different matter and the Renault name is sullied to some extent by negative experiences that owners have suffered in the past. With the introduction of new technology and higher build standards, we’re hoping the latest Megane range will be a big step in the right direction.

Renault Megane Sport Tourer reliability

With the Megane Sport Tourer seeming like a step forward for Renault, it seems churlish to mention its predecessor, which didn’t exactly have the best track record when it came to reliability.

The Renault Megane hasn’t appeared in our recent Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys, but the bigger Kadjar came 65th out of the 75 cars in our 2020 list. As a brand, Renault finished 15th overall out of 30 manufacturers in 2020, with 18.7% of owners reporting at least one issue in the first 12 months.

Safety

Although the Megane Sport Tourer has yet to face Euro NCAP scrutiny, the independent crash-test experts have already subjected its hatchback sister to rigorous testing and it did rather well. It was awarded the maximum five-star overall protection rating, scoring 88% for the adult protection it offered and 87% for how well it protects children in a collision. A score of 71% was awarded for pedestrian protection and the same for safety assistance.

Renault has been generous with safety equipment across the Megane range, with Iconic models and above featuring the Visio System, which includes lane-departure warning, traffic-sign recognition and auto-dipping headlights.

Further active safety equipment is optionally available with the intent of preventing accidents occurring in the first place. The Safety Pack incorporates automatic emergency braking and distance warning, while the Safety Pack Plus adds adaptive cruise control to those features.

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