Stylish estate is efficient and good to drive
- Attractive exterior styling
- Distinctive interior
- Lots of standard equipment
- Wide range of efficient engines
- Rivals offer more space
- Sporty GT model expensive
- Some plastics feel cheap
Take one look at the Renault Megane Sport Tourer and there’s no mistaking it for any other brand of car. Sharp details, flowing lines and attention to detail make it instantly recognisable alongside its most direct rivals.
And it’s certainly got some stiff competition. Price-wise, the Megane goes up against the likes of the Peugeot 308 SW, Hyundai i30 Tourer, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and SEAT Leon ST, but that’s not all. It also needs to fend off the Ford Focus Estate, Volkswagen Golf Estate and Skoda Octavia Estate for compact wagon supremacy.
It’s based on the Common Module Family (CMF) platform that underpins various other Renault-Nissan Alliance models, and is built alongside the Kadjar SUV in Spain.
Both longer and lower than its predecessor, there is more width between the wheels front and rear, which contributes to its sportier stance.
Renault Megane Sport Tourer engines
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 pair of more powerful engines and some clever four-wheel steering technology.
Mirroring the choice of engines in the Megane hatch, depending upon the trim level the diesels range from 110hp to 165hp.
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 motor and a seven-speed EDC dual-clutch gearbox.
Style over space
The clue that the 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, with over 600 litres of space on offer in both cases.
A 521-litre capacity with the rear seats in place means the Megane Sport Tourer actually has a slightly smaller boot than its predecessor. 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 hatchback. 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 Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature Nav and GT Line Nav trims that you realise Renault has put a lot of thought into the interior design.
Top-level GT Nav models have a unique look with extra blue detailing to the interior to mark it out among the rest of the range.
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 fitted as standard. Features like adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and blindspot monitors are also available.
The Parkers Verdict
While compact estate cars aren’t the most popular bodystyle out there, there’s certainly a lot of them to choose between.
The Renault Megane Sport Tourer manages to blend stylish looks with practical reasonably well, plus it’s available in a wide range of trim levels and with a good selection of punchy engines.
It also has a distinctive interior to go with that extrovert styling, and all models come with a generous amount of equipment without the need to raid the options list.
The only black marks are that the top-spec models are very expensive, and many of its rivals offer a much roomier boot.
Read on for the full Parkers Renault Megane Sport Tourer review to see if it’s the estate car for you