The new Renault Megane Sport Tourer is undeniably a handsome car in its sector. Housing a lovely interior, and coming with efficient engines and good equipment levels, it seeks to rival cars like the Ford Focus for the affection of families who are looking for something a little bit different. Let’s take a closer look at what the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer offers.
There are a number of engines on offer here, all of them fairly strong and capable. Petrol choices are limited to a 1.6-litre unit that develops 109bhp, as well as a 1.2-litre turbo that generates 114bhp. Your diesel options are a pair of 1.5 units (89 and 109bhp), as well as a 1.6 that develops 129bhp, and a 2.0-litre variant that produces 158bhp. Our picks include the 1.2-litre turbo petrol, and the 1.6 diesel. The 1.5-litre diesel comes up a little short in all honesty and is pretty bad for vibrations, as indeed any new Renault Megane Sport Tourer 1.5 dci review will confirm. The rest of the engines do well to reduce road noise.
To drive, the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer is not what anyone would call a born performer. But then again, it isn’t meant to be. Instead, families probably prefer comfort than tip top handling, and the way this cars’ suspension is set up means that comfort is afforded in abundance. It’s pretty much as smooth as things get in this sector, whilst steering is light and responsive, and the transmissions are slick and composed. There really aren’t many complaints to be had, with the car nimble and crisp. Just don’t take it over too many poor surfaces!
The Peugeot 308 SW is probably the class leader in a few respects, not least in boot size, and whilst the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer can’t compete here, it certainly holds its own when compared to most of the other big hitters in this class. There is 524-litres of space on offer in the boot, whilst if you fold the rear seats down, you can extend this to 1,600-litres. There is also an underfloor storage area that gives you more places to stow away your stuff, including any valuables that you want to leave in the car whilst you nip to the shops. Rear seat space is good, with head and legroom more than reasonable. The car is also awash with cup holders in case you fancy stopping off for a coffee!
Up front, things are sadly a little busy in the cabin, with a digital speedo and a push button starter system the highlight (or lowlight) of the brand new ‘quirks’ that can just get on your nerves. Some of the controls are out of reach and just badly placed. Still, this is to detract from the fact that most of the dash is tidy and accessible. Bizarrely, though, the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer comes with rear pillars that are so thick that over-the-shoulder vision is obscured.
Facts and Figures
The 2015 Renault Megane Sport Tourer price range starts out from around £17,750 and rises to about £22,470, whilst you’ll be able to get hold of a used Renault Megane Sport Tourer for a little less. There are four trim levels available: Expression, Dynamique, TomTom Edition and Privilege. Standard equipment across the range includes air conditioning, alloys, and BlueTooth connectivity, whilst if you opt for the TomTom, you’ll be treated to a parking camera and dual-zone climate control. Naturally, the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer can’t compete with the Skoda Octavia Estate on running costs (what car can?) but fuel economy here is still very good, with the 1.5-litre diesel returning 80.7mpg whilst emitting just 90g/km of CO2 if you specify it with the stop-start system.
There is no doubt that the 2015 Renault Megane Sport Tourer has a few niggles, and the entry level diesel seems like a pointless addition. But this is a very solid family car that is well equipped and comes with the kind of strengths that families like to see. This means durability, practicality, safety, and a comfortable and smooth ride. It might lack a few of the show stopping features of a Focus or a 308 SW, but it could also claim to be a more handsome proposition.
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