Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Distinctive dashboard layout
  • Touchscreen may take some getting used to
  • Slick dials and easy to get comfortable

The Megane hasn't been changed much for its Phase 2 facelift, but there was little wrong with the way the interior looked and felt already. It's unlike most of its rivals inside in as much that it has a portrait-format infotainment system – Iconic models get a 7.0-inch R-Link touchscreen system, while the top R.S Line model's screen is a generously-sized 9.0-inch set-up.

It's an updated system like that in the Clio, but it still looks a little old hat compared the latest infotainment set-up in the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia or SEAT Leon, but it's very easy to use and is quick and responsive. Also, like the Clio, the system is far more impressive with the larger screen. This screen, in combination with the slick digital dials in place of a traditional instrument panel, makes the inside of the Sport Tourer feel modern and slick inside.

Elsewhere, the plastics are largely good quality – the top of the dash and door panels are soft and squidgy, but other areas lower down the interior are a bit scratchier – a common fault in family cars. The seats are excellent whether in Iconic or R.S Line models – they're supportive and look good, and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position thanks to a good range of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel.

Comfort

  • Excellent ride quality in the Iconic model
  • R.S Line models have a stiffer set-up
  • Refinement is very good on the whole

As we’ve seen in the Megane Hatch, the Sport Tourer strikes an excellent balance between comfort and driver fun. The ride is supple and comfortable, even over rougher surfaces, refinement at all speeds is kept under control – it’s a relaxing car to spend time in, especially if you go for an Iconic version on its standard-fit 16-inch alloy wheels.

Sportier R.S Line models have a stiffer suspension set-up and 17-inch wheels, which look good but lose out , so these are prone to crashing over harsher bumps in the road, while road noise is also more pronounced. However, the supportive and comfortable sports seats help take the edge off somewhat.