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Renault Megane Sports Tourer 2009-

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Bought the car from ex-demo from a dealer, 6 months old with 70 miles on the clock and a little under half the "new" price. Bargain of the century. For a "compact" estate, it is surprisingly roomy inside. Easily fits 5 adults without feeling like sardines in a tin can. Visibility is very good and it is easy to judge your position on the road, which makes narrow lanes and parallel parking a doddle. The front and rear sensors are a bit paranoid and go ballistic when you're still about 1ft away from the obstacle, so I turned them off. Rear camera is useful. 1.6dCi engine is a little gem. 130 horsepower which is about average for a family estate so its not going to break any records sprinting from 0-60 (although still sub-10 seconds thanks to the Megane's low weight), but the in gear punch for overtaking is superb. The torque from the diesel is brilliant and she pulls strongly in any gear from about 1600rpm, particularly marvellous is the 50-70 sprint in 4th or 5th which is ideal for overtaking in slightly questionable gaps. At motorway speeds it really comes into its own, wafting along at 70mph quietly and frugally. The driver's seat is so comfortable that on a 15 hour trip down to the south of France I felt more refreshed at the end of the drive than when I set off. Fuel economy is excellent, averaging around 45mpg in town and easily hitting 70mpg if you stick to 60 rather than 70 on the motorways. 6th gear could do with being slightly longer, the torque of the engine would easily handle it. Couple of downsides however. The cup holder is clearly an afterthought, you can just about fit a can of your favourite fizzy beverage and that's about it. Forget takeaway cups from Costa/ McDonalds etc. Although the boot is a decent size for a compact estate, the boot lid is quite narrow so you're limited on the width of items you can squeeze in the back. The sports seats in the GT Line don't fold completely flat either. Although I bought the car in 2016, by this point the model was around 8 years old which shows in the touch screen and media systems - bit clunky and not really suitable to be used on the move.

How reliable do you find the car?

Had a series of "STOP" engine warning lights come on about a week after I bought it. Repeated diagnostics tests could not find out what was causing them, but they eventually stopped of their own accord with no works undertaken. Air conditioning condenser packed up during the warranty but I stupidly just thought the aircon needed a re-gas so didn't bother going to the garage with it until the summer by which time the warranty was up. My local Renault dealer are worse than useless, but luckily a very good independent garage stepped in.
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 3 out of 5 3.0
  • Meets Expectations: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Dan recommends this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Diesel
  • When purchased July 2017
  • Condition when bought New
  • Current Mileage 23,000 miles
  • Average MPG 62 mpg