Stylish estate that is efficient and good to drive
- Attractive styling
- Distinctive interior
- Lots of standard equipment
- Wide range efficient engines
- Rivals offer more space
- Sporty GT model expensive
- Some plastics feel cheap
It’s based on the Common Module Family (CMF) platform that underpins various other Renault Nissan Alliance models - it’s built alongside the Kadjar in Spain.
Both longer and lower than the previous generation model, there is more width between the wheels front and rear, which contributes to its sportier stance.
The Megane comes with a wide range of familiar dCi diesel and TCe petrols, while a sporty GT model sits at the top of the pile with unique looks, a powerful petrol engine and some clever four-wheel steering technology.
It has some stiff competition, though. The VW Golf Estate, Peugeot 308 SW and Skoda Octavia Estate have the biggest boots in the class, while the Ford Focus Estate and SEAT Leon ST are the best to drive. There’s also the well-equipped Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer to contend with.
Style over space
The clue that the latest Megane Sport Tourer is more style-focused is in the name. Rivals like the Volkswagen Golf Estate and Skoda Octavia Estate don’t have fashionable monikers and trump the Renault for outright space.
A 521-litre capacity with the rear seats in place means the 2016 Megane Sport Tourer actually has a slightly smaller boot than the car it replaces. The seats do fold flat to reveal a large, square 1,504-litre load area though.
Modern, tech-laden interior
Inside, the Sport Tourer has the same modern interior as the hatch. Even in entry-level Expression+ trim it looks up-to-date and comes with lots of standard equipment, but it’s as you move up through Dynamique, Dynamique S, Signature and GT Line trims that you realise Renault has put a lot of thought into the interior design.
It all centres on a portrait touchscreen (on higher-spec models) much like the Volvo XC90, with simple controls and neat digital dials in higher-spec cars. On the whole quality is good, and it certainly looks and feels more interesting than plainer rivals.
There’s lots of advanced safety equipment on offer too, with lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beam available as standard. Features like adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot monitors also available.
Efficient engine line-up
The choice of engines is shared with that of the hatch, meaning a selection of smooth and efficient dCi diesel engines ranging from 110 to 130hp for now, with a Hybrid Assist version of the former coming later. A more powerful 165hp will also join the range further down the line.
On the petrol front there’s a 1.2-litre TCe turbocharged unit available, while the top-spec GT comes exclusively with a 205hp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.