Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Thanks to it’s plug-in hybrid engine, the Renault Megane Sport Tourer is quite impressive when it comes to emissions.
That’s great for company car buyers because the low CO2 emissions and 30-mile electric range put it in the same low benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax band as the Peugeot 508 SW and Skoda Superb estate plug-ins, and one band lower than the PHEV Kia Ceed Sportswagon.
One area where the Megane ST excels is in the amount of standard equipment included. Iconic gets plenty of kit, including dual-zone climate control, 16in alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, cruise control and the infotainment system.
We’d upgrade to RS Line trim, though, mainly because you get automatic emergency braking (AEB). We consider that a vital safety system, and one that’s well worth having alongside the lane-departure warning and traffic sign recognition systems that come as standard with Iconic trim.
Speaking of safety, it’s hard to directly compare the Megane ST with newer rivals because it was tested by Euro NCAP under less strict conditions than apply today. Looking at its performance, though, it does a good job of protecting front seat occupants from injury.
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