Renault Megane Estate

The Essentials

  • Price from £17,080
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 80.7mpg
  • What is it? Like many rivals, Renault has chosen a fancy name for the estate version of its small hatchback. There's nothing particularly sporty about the Megane Sport Tourer, but it's a decent compact estate, provided you choose your model carefully and haggle hard.

Great

  • Scores top marks for safety
  • An engine for every occasion
  • Good looking and great value, too

Gripes

  • Not the most practical family estate
  • Renault's reliability has disappointed in the past
  • Rivals are better to drive and a better resale prospect
  • Drive

    A solid, if unremarkable performer - and sometimes that's exactly what we look for in a car

  • Inside

    Quirky touches might take some getting used to but layout and adjustment are good. Thick rear pillars do compromise visibility

  • Safety

    Top marks: the hatchback version scored five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests and there's lots to keep you and the car safe and secure

  • Reliability

    Renault has a pretty dismal record in recent reliability and customer satisfaction surveys - let's hope it can improve

  • Space

    Plenty of space for people and luggage - just a shame it isn't a bit easier to use and you can't create a flat loadbay

  • Standard and extras

    Mid-range Dynamique trim offers plenty of luxury goodies at a reasonable price

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Megane, like every version of the Megane, is reasonably good to drive, but not a class leader. It handles crisply and feels settled at speed, but the steering is a bit numb and the ride is rather firm.
    Of the range of engines, the 1.2 turbo is a better bet than the 1.6, while 1.6 dCi is impressively smooth and strong.
    Engine noise isn't intrusive, whichever one you go for, but the Megane isn't as refined as the best at speed and the manual gearshift is vague.

  • What's it like inside?

    Thanks to a longer wheelbase and a longer, boxier body, the Megane Sport Tourer has none of the rear space issues that let the five-door version down. In fact, it's one of the roomiest cars in its class. Head- and legroom is generous in the front and back and the boot is large. It's a bit of a faff to fold the rear seats down, however, and, unlike some rivals', the Megane Sport Tourer's boot has a step in the floor
    As with any Megane, the Sport Tourer has decent seats and a comfortable driving position, but the dashboard buttons are frustratingly small and the entertainment system is horribly fiddly.

  • How reliable is it?

    There are smart plastics on top of the dashboard, but beyond that the Megane's cabin isn't as classy as a Golf Estate or Hyundai i30 Tourer's. Renault doesn't have an especially good record in our reliability and customer satisfaction surveys, but in the most recent JD Power study, owners rated the Megane as above average for mechanical reliability. Renault's four-year warranty and servicing package provides good peace of mind, however.
    Renault has an excellent safety record, too, and the Megane five-door scored a maximum five stars Euro NCAP older-style crash tests. Every Sport Tourer comes with front, side and curtain airbags, and stability control. There are deadlocks and an alarm to help resist theft.

  • Should I buy one?

    Choose your model carefully and the Megane Sport Tourer is decent value. Prices are competitive, if not as keen as those of the Hyundai i30 Tourer, and Renault dealers will knock a big chunk off the list price, without too much hassling. That's good, because depreciation will hit you hard in the long run.
    Running costs for most models are affordable and the diesel engines are very efficient.