Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Punchy, efficient dCi diesels
  • Manual and EDC auto available
  • Top-spec petrol GT is quick

There’s a total of five different engines available in the Sport Tourer; two turbocharged petrols and three diesels.

A Hybrid Assist version of the lower-powered diesel is expected to join the range too, which uses a battery to boost acceleration and efficiency. This set-up is already found in the Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs.

Megane Sport Tourer TCe petrol engines

All engines available in the Megane are ones found in other Renault cars. Petrol power comes from a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol – badged TCe 130 – while a more powerful 1.6-litre turbo TCe 205 powers the range-topping GT.

The TCe 130 is available with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed EDC dual-clutch gearbox, while the GT comes exclusively with the latter.

Performance fans will look to the TCe 205, with a 0-62mph time of just 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 143mph thanks to its 205hp and 280Nm of torque.

The TCe 130, as the name suggests, comes with 130hp and will complete the 0-62mph sprint in 11.0 seconds (11.7 seconds when fitted with the EDC gearbox) and go onto a top speed of 122mph.

Efficient Megane Sport Tourer dCi diesel engines

Diesel fans are well catered for – and all are strong and efficient. A 1.5-litre dCi 110 with a manual gearbox kicks off the line-up with 110hp and 260Nm of torque (250Nm with the EDC), capable of completing the 0-62mph dash in 11.6 seconds.

If you want more power than that, the 1.6-litre dCi 130 offers a 20hp hike, plus 320Nm of torque and a 0-62mph time of 10.6 seconds.

Its CO2 emissions range from just 96g/km to 104g/km – details of which can be found in the running costs section.

A more powerful 165hp diesel – badged dCi 165 unsurprisingly – joined the line-up in 2017 paired with top-spec GT trim. The 0-62mph sprint is taken care of in 8.9 seconds, and it’ll go on to reach a 133mph top speed, and comes exclusively with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission called EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch).

Megane Sport Tourer gearboxes

Not all engines come with both types of gearboxes, just to keep buyers on their toes.

TCe 130 and dCi 110 engines come with a choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed EDC auto gearboxes, while the top-spec GT comes just with the EDC self-shifter, whether you pick diesel or petrol. If you want the dCi 130, it only comes with the manual.

The manual gearbox is accurate enough and easy to slot into gear, which is good because you need to work it harder in the lower-powered engines. The only issue is the long throw, which takes away slightly from the involving driving experience. The gearlever itself can feel a little flimsy and cheap, too.

We tried the EDC gearbox in the warm GT model and found it to be slightly indecisive, at least when we pushed on in Sport mode. It held onto gears a bit too long at times and then changed up too quickly at others. Flicking to manual mode using the cheap-feeling paddles is the better option if you want to use it as a sports car.

  • Agile handling
  • Good body control
  • Multi-Sense driving modes

For a practical estate car, the Megane Sport Tourer demonstrates very tidy handling, just like the Megane hatch it’s based on.

The steering is lacking in outright feel, but it’s well-weighted and accurate, which inspires confidence on faster, twisting roads.

Bodyroll is kept under control very well, which is impressive when you consider the car’s comfort-oriented suspension set-up in regular models. The Sport Tourer feels light on its feet despite its size, meaning there’s fun to be had on country roads.

Granted, it’s not as involving as a Ford Focus Estate or SEAT Leon ST, but it’s not far off, and strikes a great balance between fun and comfort.

If you opt for the Sport Tourer in GT trim, it comes with Renault’s 4Control four-wheel steering system. At low speeds the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels to boost manoeuvrability, while at higher speeds they move in the same direction to aid stability.

It’s effective at lower speeds to make the Megane feel more agile around town, but at higher speeds it makes the rear of the car feel slightly disconnected from the front.

At first, you may also finding yourself turning into corners and roundabouts a bit too keenly, needing to straighten up, and correcting slightly as the car dives into the turn. It takes some getting used to.

Multi-Sense driving modes

To tweak the driving experience to your preference, Renault’s Multi-Sense driving modes are available to choose from – including Neutral, Sport, Comfort, Eco and Perso (which allows you to personalise your own mode).

By selecting these different modes, alterations are made to the engine response, steering weight, air-con, engine sound, ambient lighting and digital instrument display, as well as EDC calibration where this gearbox is fitted.

For most people in everyday driving, leaving it in Neutral or Comfort will be the best choice.