£18,550 - £27,450 Price range
47 - 76 MPG
The 2016 Renault Megane Sports Tourer is a definitive departure from the dated design of the old model, but what sets it out from rivals – such as the Ford Focus estate, Peugeot 308 SW and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer – is its huge portrait infotainment screen.
Sadly, it’s an option – but one we would highly recommend. Its 8.7-inch width is large for this class, especially when you consider its portrait style, and the detailed graphics are matched by no rivals. Sadly, the rest of the interior’s design fails to stand out – solidly built though it is – it’s a bit of a let down given the sharp-suited exterior.
It’s hard to complain about the space on offer, though. There’s room for four adults and the rear seats recline further back than in the hatchback. But, given that this is the estate model, it’s the healthy 580-litre boot that will matter to most people – even if it’s outgunned by the 610-litre load bay in the Skoda Octavia estate. It is, however, full of useful features, so the floor height is adjustable, you get dividers to split up the space and hooks to keep your shopping upright.
Those hooks may prove more useful than you might imagine because the Megane provides the kind of agile handling that can play havoc during return trips from the supermarket. That’s particularly true of the warm GT model that has four-wheel steering and a quick shifting EDC twin-clutch gearbox.
It sports a 204hp 1.6-litre petrol engine that will be good for 0-62mph in close to seven seconds. Steer clear of the GT and you can choose between a nippy 130hp 1.2-litre petrol or two diesels – a 110hp 1.5-litre or a 130hp 1.6 both of which can return fuel economy of around 70mpg.
Standard equipment on entry-level Expression+ models includes a Bluetooth phone connection, DAB digital radio, a height adjustable driver’s seat, air-conditioning, and four electric windows.
If the Megane Sports Tourer sounds like the ideal estate car for you, check out our Megane colour guide that will help you pick the ideal shade.