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Renault Megane Sport Tourer (2009–2016)

Last updated 30 August 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.
Updated 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.

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Introduction

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. 

Road Test and Video 2012 Megane

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5
Stylish and reliable load carrier
 

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