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Renault Megane Sport Tourer Review

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"The French word for estate"
  • Launched: 2016
  • Estate
  • Petrol, Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Attractive exterior design
  • Good quality cabin
  • Strong standard specification

Cons

  • Lack of engine choice
  • Compromised rear seat space
  • Average driving experience

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Renault Megane Sport Tourer Right Side View

Overall verdict

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Overall verdict

"The Megane Sport Tourer is an appealing car in many way. It’s one of the more attractive cars in the class, it has a comfortable and well-equipped cabin and offers low running costs. Yet it has one of the smallest boots in the segment and its rear accommodation is a little cramped for taller adults, and the engine range is surprisingly small. These may be relatively small demerits, but in a market where the competition is so strong it leaves the Sport Tourer well down the list."

Renault Megane Sport Tourer Right Side View

Renault’s Megane has been a significant fixture in the compact car segment since the 1990s, and more often than not it has brought a sense of style to a sector which is frequently filled with lookalikes. The estate version - usually dubbed Sport Tourer - aims to keep the distinctive appearance while adding an extra layer of practicality for those who need more space.


You’d have to say that they’ve certainly succeeded on the first point. The Renault Megane hatchback is quite an eye-catching car, and even though adding an estate tailgate at the rear doesn’t generally result in a wildly attractive end product, the Megane Sport Tourer remains quite a handsome thing.


The bold front end and the sculpted bonnet give it presence, and the swoop of the rear wings into the back end provide some extra interest. It’s a good thing that Renault has gone to this much effort for those of us who need an estate but don’t necessarily want it to look like one.


On the inside you’ll find the interior and dashboard carried over largely unchanged from the hatchback. That means a quite plain but sensible layout with good quality materials and a solid feel. It also means that, if you go for a higher-spec version or choose it as an option, you have Renault’s 8.7-inch infotainment system with its portrait screen, one of only a handful of cars that have this arrangement. It’s not a perfect system, but it has lots of functions and responds well to user inputs.


As for the space itself in here, front seat passengers are well catered for in terms of head and legroom, but the room for passengers in the rear is less impressive, although legroom is good, headroom is compromised so that taller adults will find it is less than comfortable. 


The news is better in the boot, where the typical estate rear means a nice, large area that can swallow a good deal of luggage. However, look closely at the numbers and the Megane Sport Tourer’s boot is actually a little smaller than the key rivals, never mind the biggest cars in the class like the Peugeot 308 SW and Skoda Octavia. This puts a dent in the Sport Tourer’s credentials as a useful estate.


Like the hatchback, the Megane Sport Tourer has a small engine range - just a single petrol or diesel option, with two additional versions of these engines having been dropped from the range in 2018.


The petrol is a 1.3-litre turbocharged unit offering 140PS and 240Nm of torque, so despite its size it manages to offer useful performance alongside strong economy. The diesel option is a 1.5-litre unit also seen in several Nissan vehicles, and although it has only 115PS it has more torque than the petrol with 260Nm. It’s less refined than the petrol, creating more vibration and noise and offers less performance, but it counters this with superior fuel consumption.


The Megane Sport Tourer makes quite a strong style statement and has a smart cabin too, but it also comes with several compromises that make it hard to recommend over several of its rivals. The space in the back seats and the boot is bettered elsewhere, the limited engine range will put off some buyers and it’s not the most fun to drive or the most comfortable either.


Is the Megane Sport Tourer right for you?

If you’re looking for a compact estate car then you need more space than a hatch can provide, and on that score at least the Sport Tourer is more spacious than the regular Megane. It should also prove to be quite cheap to run, thanks to the efficiency of the engines, so it should be able to manage family duties with relative ease. It would also suit anyone who needs a bigger than average boot and occasionally needs to carry passengers in the rear, so the amount of room on offer is less of an issue.


Business users who need to cover big distances and carry loads should also find that the Megane Sport Tourer is a capable machine, although if the loads are heavy or involving towing then the lack of a more powerful diesel engine may make it somewhat unsuitable. 


What’s the best Megane Sport Tourer model/engine to choose?

With such a limited engine choice it mostly comes down to whether you have a preference for petrol or diesel. For most buyers the petrol will be perfectly adequate - it’s cheaper to buy in the first place, it’s the quicker of the two options and it’s still relatively economical as well as being more refined. If you cover big distances and are carrying heavier loads, you may wish to consider the diesel instead.


The Megane Sport Tourer is offered in three trim levels - Play, Iconic and GT Line. The standard specification is good, with the Play version getting a 7-inch touchscreen with DAB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, Bluetooth, plus lumbar and height adjustment for the driver and passenger among other features, and makes a good choice. We would recommend upgrading however to the mid-spec Iconic, which adds the more sophisticated R-Link 2 infotainment system, additional safety assist systems and a digital instrument display.             

What other cars are similar to the Renault Megane Sport Tourer?

If you’re looking at a compact estate then there are dozens to choose from. The Ford Focus Estate and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer both offer good value, decent interior and boot space and an appealing driving experience. 


Volkswagen’s Golf Estate is a little more expensive but has a high quality cabin and is also great to drive, while the Skoda Octavia Estate has a huge load space and high equipment levels - there are alternatives that can offer superior abilities to the Megane Sport Tourer in several areas. There's also the SEAT Leon ST and its replacement the SEAT Leon Estate.

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Renault Megane Sport Tourer Steering Wheel

On the inside

Renault Megane Sport Tourer Front View

Driving

Renault Megane Sport Tourer Car Functions

Cost to run

Renault Megane Sport Tourer Bootspace

Prices and Specs

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