Review: Renault Megane Sport Tourer (2009 – 2016)
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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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?
- Boot space is 486–1600 litres
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.
|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|
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