The Renault Megane Sport 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 – and 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 Megane 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. The Sport Tourer’s boot is full of useful features too: 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 if you go for the warm GT model that has four-wheel steering and a quick shifting EDC twin-clutch gearbox. The rest of the range is more on the relaxed side, making the Megane Sport Tourer one of the most comfortable in class.
The GT model sports a 204hp 1.6-litre petrol engine that will be good for 0-62mph in close to seven seconds. Lower down the range 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 the diesels 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.
What it lacks in polish, the Megane Sport Tourer makes up for with stylish looks
If you’re in the market for a new mid-size estate car and you’re the sort of person that likes traditional things such as Shepherd’s pie you may be a bit befuddled by the Megane’s nontraditional dashboard layout and concept-car looks. You might think this is some sort of foie gras that will taste a bit funny and not fill you up at all.
However, the Renault Megane Sport Tourer isn’t a fancy French dish that’s only good to look at. Because it has things that are really important to get right in a family estate car such as a comfortable ride, one of the best touch-screen infotainment systems in class and a boot filled with practical features, the Sport Tourer is more like your traditional bangers and mash, but prepared by a Michelin star chef to look like something really special. So with all its talents, the Megane Sport Tourer is an even better proposition than its hatchback sibling and definitely should be near the top of your shortlist.
For more detail about the Renault Megane Sport Tourer, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the Megane Sport Tourer, click through to the deals page.