Review: Renault Megane Sport Tourer (2009 – 2016)

Rating:

Plenty of interior space. Good comfort levels and easy to drive. Revised model from 2014 looks good. Well refined.

Fiddly navigation system. Rear seats don't fold completely flat. Rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf Estate offer more boot space.

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15 October 2015

Report of high oil consumption of 1,800 miles per litre of 2012 Renault Megane 1.2TCe Sport Tourer. Engine failed at 63k miles and, after 2 months off the road, engine was replaced under warranty. Read more

9 April 2015

Haynes manual now available. Renault Megane (Oct '08-'14) 58 to 64. £22.99. Covers Megane Hatchback, Sport Tourer (Estate) & Coupe. Does NOT cover Renaultsport versions or features specific... Read more

13 February 2015 Renault Megane 220GT Sport Tourer announced, along with 220GT versions of the 5-door hatch and 3-door coupe.

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Renault Megane Sport Tourer (2009 – 2016): At A Glance

The Renault Megane typically lives in the shadow of cars like the Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus – but the Sport Tourer estate, which was revised in 2014, is worth a look if you're after a practical yet compact load lugger. It’s spacious, solidly built and good to drive too. It may not feel quite as sophisticated as a Golf Estate, but it has plenty of appeal as a stylish estate.

Rear load space is impressive at 524 litres. That’s behind the class-leading 660 litres of a Peugeot 308SW, but it doesn’t really feel like you’re losing much in reality, thanks to a wide opening and a low load deck. Folding the seats expands space to 1600 litres, however, they don’t fold completely flat - an oversight that means the Megane isn’t as versatile as some of the competition.

On the plus side there is a good amount of space in the back row. The choice of materials in the cabin is good, with a mixture of soft-touch and harder, good quality, durable plastics. However the layout is drab and the infotainment system is fiddly and confusing to use.

The Megane Sport Tourer is easy to drive, with a comfortable suspension set up and light, accurate steering. Despite the comfort-oriented suspension there isn’t much body roll through bends, so the Megane suits B-roads just as well as town or motorway driving, both of which are made more pleasant by impressive soundproofing and refinement.

The engine range kicks off with an older, lacklustre 1.6-litre petrol that is best avoided, but the TCe petrol engine and dCi diesels are capable performers, with the added benefit of reasonable fuel economy. Renault also offers a 220PS petrol in the GT for those who want swift performance.

There’s no denying that the estate versions of the Volkswagen Golf or Peugeot 308 are better all-round cars than the Megane Sport Tourer, but it still makes for comfortable, practical and easy-to-drive family transport. If you can get a good deal then it’s certainly worth adding to your shortlist. 

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Renault Megane Sport Tourer (2009 – 2016): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4559–4567 mm
Width 1804–2037 mm
Height 1469–1507 mm
Wheelbase 2701–2703 mm

Full specifications

The most important part of an estate car is the boot – and in that regard the Megane Sport Tourer is good, if not as good as class-leaders. With the rear seats in place capacity is 524 litres, which is shy of the Volkswagen Golf Estate’s 605 litres and the Peugeot 308 SW at 660 litres, but it doesn’t feel much smaller thanks to a nice wide opening and a low, flat load lip.

Unfortunately the Megane Sport Tourer isn't as good as it could be with its rear seats folded down – they don’t fold flat, which means the load area isn’t as versatile as that of many rivals. For bulky, weighty items a flat load deck is more or less essential, so it’s a problem worth bearing in mind. On the plus side you can specify a folding front passenger seat for loading extra long objects.

The rest of the cabin is better. There’s plenty of room in both the front and rear row for adults and the materials used feel strong and durable. There’s a mixture of harder plastics low down and soft-touch materials higher up, both of which feel tough and capable of withstanding kicking children’s feet or scratching dogs' paws.

The layout of the dashboard is uncluttered and neat but there are a few problems, notably with the infotainment system. It’s a TomTom device and is controlled by a joystick and buttons on the centre-console. It’s tricky to get to grips with and it bongs, beeps and flashes for almost every circumstance, which gets tiresome quite quickly.

The rest of the equipment is generous enough – every model gets air conditioning, cruise control, electric windows, alloy wheels, six air bags, push button start and USB-connectivity. Upper trim levels gain the aforementioned navigation system, plus luxuries including dual-zone climate control, auto lights and auto wipers. 

Expression+ models come with 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, front fog lights, LED running lights, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, cruise control, USB-in, air conditioning, push-button start and electric front windows.

Dyanmique TomTom trim adds automatic lights, auto wipers, dual zone climate control, keyless entry and start, TomTom built in navigation system, plus a folding front passenger seat and a load net.

GT Line TomTom trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, extra tinted rear windows, electrically folding door mirrors, black headlight surrounds, GT Line styling kit, two-tone seat cloth, aluminium pedal caps, Renaultsport steering wheel, rear parking sensors and an improved audio system.

GT220 trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels and a Renaultsport chassis. 

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What's the Renault Megane Sport Tourer (2009 – 2016) like to drive?

The Megane Sport Tourer range kicks off with a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 110PS. It’s an old-fashioned unit marred by high emissions of 159g/km. A better choice for those who want petrol power is the 115PS Energy TCe petrol, which offers better performance despite being a 1.2-litre, along with respectable emissions of 119g/km and official economy of 53.3mpg.

Renault also offers a 1.5-litre diesel with 110PS and a 1.6-litre diesel with 130PS, the latter of which is the best engine in the range, offering impressive performance thanks to healthy peak torque of 320Nm. It feels at home in most environments and works well as a motorway cruiser thanks to good refinement - it's quiet and comfortable enough to eat up long distances with ease. Official economy for the 130PS engine is impressive at 70.6mpg, with emissions of just 104g/km.

The GT 220 model is only offered with a 220PS petrol engine - the same engine as used in the Renaultsport Megane, but power is down on the hot hatch and so is performance – so it’s hard to recommend, especially when you consider its emissions of 169g/km. It also gets a more performance focussed suspension set up to give more agile handling with less body roll - but also less comfort. 

The rest of the Megane Sport Tourer models are easy to drive thanks to a softer, more comfortable suspension set-up and well-weighted controls. The steering is smooth, light and accurate, while the gear change is crisp and precise. The Sport Tourer is more at home on a long cruise than on a tight country road – but even on more challenging roads there is plenty of grip so it's safe and predictable.

It might be easy to drive and comfortable, but it isn’t quite as good as the SEAT Leon ST or Volkswagen Golf Estate – both feel more accurate, more responsive and have better ride quality through bends and over bumps. That said, the Megane Tourer hardly lags a mile behind – it’s just not quite as polished as its rivals. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.2 TCe 53 mpg 11.0 s 119 g/km
1.2 TCe 130 52 mpg 11.0 s 124 g/km
1.2 TCe 130 Automatic 50 mpg 10.0 s 129 g/km
1.2 TCe Stop/Start 53 mpg 11.2 s 119 g/km
1.4 TCe 43–45 mpg 9.9 s 145–153 g/km
1.5 dCi 81 mpg 12.1 s 90–93 g/km
1.5 dCi 106 63 mpg 11.2 s 120 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 64 mpg 11.2 s 114 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 EDC 67 mpg 11.7 s 109 g/km
1.5 dCi 86 64 mpg 13.3 s 115 g/km
1.5 dCi 90 64–71 mpg 12.9–13.3 s 104–115 g/km
1.5 dCi 90 ECO 71 mpg 12.9 s 104 g/km
1.5 dCi Automatic 67 mpg 12.1 s 104 g/km
1.5 dCi ECO 67–69 mpg 11.2–12.6 s 106–109 g/km
1.5 dCi ECO Automatic 67 mpg 12.1 s 110 g/km
1.5 dCi Stop/Start 81 mpg 12.4 s 90 g/km
1.6 40–71 mpg 10.1–10.8 s 104–163 g/km
1.6 16V 40–42 mpg 10.5–11.2 s 159–163 g/km
1.6 16V VVT 41 mpg 10.8 s 162–163 g/km
1.6 dCi 71 mpg 10.1 s 104 g/km
1.9 dCi 55 mpg 9.5–9.8 s 134–135 g/km
1.9 dCi 130 Stop/Start 71 mpg 10.1 s 104 g/km
2.0 220 39 mpg 7.6 s 167 g/km
2.0 CVT 37 mpg 10.3 s 175 g/km
2.0 dCi 160 48–50 mpg 8.8 s 150–155 g/km
2.0 dCi 165 50 mpg 8.5 s 145 g/km
2.0 TCe 37–37 mpg 8.0 s 178 g/km

Real MPG average for a Renault Megane Sport Tourer (2009 – 2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

77%

Real MPG

27–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

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Used car has broken down - Is the manufacturer or seller liable?

I purchased a used 2012 Renault Megane with 61,000 miles on the clock from an independant garage three months ago. The car still has six months Renault warranty. Within the first month the car broke down with faulty glow plugs which was replaced under warranty by Renault. Two months later car broke down again this time turbo has gone, Renault insist they wont repair it unless they have proof (via an invoice) that the previous owners used the correct grade oil when servicing. Spoke to garage we bought from as they had purchased car from a leasing company but all they can provide is an email with dates and mileages car was serviced. On further investigation the lease company hadn't undertook the servicing but the person they leased the car had and they haven't got any invoices or details. Renault are quoting £1900 to replace the turbo. Are we able to take this back to the garage we bought it from and ask for a repair under the Consumer rights act?
The garage you bought the car from is liable for six months from date of purchase. See: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/
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