Inside, the Megane Sport Tourer does things quite differently from the norm in terms of layout, but it’s not as visually captivating as the exterior.
As mentioned above, you need to get a mid-spec car to get the best-looking interior layout, because as standard it’s all a bit black and bland.
Build quality is good overall, but in some areas it’s below par, especially areas you don’t interact that much with like the lower areas of the doors and below the steering wheel. The central area of the dashboard may look stylish with all that piano black plastic, but it also gets covered in fingerprints fairly quickly.
You can also fine-tune the ambiance to match your mood. Just like much more expensive cars, you get different ambient lighting on high-spec models that changes with the selected driving mode. It’s relaxingly blue in eco mode and suitably red in the angriest mode called sport.
In the right spec it’s pretty impressive in here
All models, apart from the cheapest Expression+ get an infotainment system with a touchscreen, but it’s fairly middle-of-the-road in this class. That is not to say it’s particularly bad, and it comes with a TomTom sat-nav system and genuinely appealing graphics, but all rivals offer similar functionality in equivalent models.
Where the Megane Sport Tourer starts edging in front of rivals is if you go for the Dynamic S Nav trim. This mid-level trim is the best value for money in the range and comes with Renault’s R-Link 2. Borrowed from the more expensive Renault Espace, this portrait-orientated system uses an eight-inch screen that shows you real-time traffic updates and other internet-based features and even an app store. Menu navigation is straightforward and so is postcode input. However, occasionally, the estimated time to arrival can be very pessimistic if you live in a heavily congested area – on one trip in London it showed the time to arrival as ‘infinite’. Come on Renault, the traffic’s not quite that bad yet.