Renault's Mégane Sport Tourer will cost from £18,550 when it goes on sale later this year - making it more expensive than rivals from Ford and Vauxhall.
What is it?
The Renault Mégane Sport Tourer is the estate version of the new Mégane hatchback. It’s longer, wider and lower than the car it replaces, and has space for 521 litres of luggage in the boot - meaning it should be able to handle a family of four's holiday luggage or a large shopping load with ease.
With the rear seats folded down, that space rises to 1504 litres - more than is offered by the Ford Focus Estate, but less than Vauxhall's Astra Sports Tourer.
What engines can I choose from?
There will be four engines on offer in the Mégane Sport Tourer when the car goes on sale - all are taken from the existing Mégane hatchback.
The two petrol options are a turbocharged 1.2-litre engine with 128bhp, and a 1.6-litre with 202bhp in the GT model. The diesel alternatives are a 1.5-litre 108bhp unit and a 1.6-litre with 128bhp. We currently recommend the 1.5-litre diesel in the Mégane hatchback, and that recommendation is unlikely to change for the Sport Tourer.
In 2017, Renault will add a new version of the 1.5-litre diesel with hybrid assistance, boosting performance while lowering CO2 emissions and increasing fuel economy. There will also be a more powerful twin-turbocharged 1.6-litre diesel for the GT model.
What equipment does it come with?
Buyers can choose from six trim levels: Expression+, Dynamique+, Dynamique S, Signature, GT Line and GT. As standard, every Mégane Sport Tourer comes with LED daytime running lights, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB radio, as well as six airbags and Isofix child seat mounting points.
We currently recommend Dynamique specification on the regular Mégane hatchback, which gets you Renault's 7.0in R-Link2 infotainment system with satellite navigation. The sportier GT-Line and GT models both get a more aggressive look with modified bodywork, while the GT cars also get launch control, four-wheel steering and a system that allows the gearbox to change down multiple gears at once under braking.
The Sport Tourer’s boot can be split into two compartments to prevent items rolling around, and it features storage bins and an underfloor compartment. There’s also a 60/40 split folding rear bench, and the front passenger seat folds flat for maximum storage space.
How much does it cost?
Prices for the Mégane Sport Tourer start from £18,550 - making it more expensive than both the Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer and Ford Focus Estate, which cost from £17,205 and £17,545 respectively. A top-end version of the Mégane Sport Tourer will cost £27,450, while what is likely to be our preferred version, the 1.5 dCi Dynamique Nav, will cost £21,350.
How good are its rivals?
Both the Ford Focus Estate and Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer are rated as comfortable and spacious family estate cars, although our favourite car in this market remains the Skoda Octavia Estate. Other options here include the Seat Leon ST, Kia Cee'd SW and Volkswagen Golf estate.
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