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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

With the exception of the turbocharged models, the estate features an identical engine line-up to the hatchback. Petrols are the 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0-litres. The 1.4 can be a bit weak when it’s fully loaded, but it just about copes. Diesels are the 1.5 dCi (80 or 100bhp) and the 1.9 dCi (90bhp and 120bhp). The 80bhp version can be a little weak, but all are modern, refined and reasonably quiet.

Go for the 1.9 dCi for regular motorway work, as it’s relaxed and economical.

The Megane estate continues the tradition of a soft French ride. It copes well with UK roads, but can become unsettled by especially rough and potholed roads, though bodyroll is kept to a minimum. Roadholding is good, although the power steering is too light at speed and lacks feedback.