Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Renault Megane ST’s sole engine option, the E-Tech plug-in hybrid (PHEV), combines a 1.6-litre non-turbo petrol engine with two electric motors and a 9.8kWh battery pack for a combined output of 158bhp.
How does that fare against the competition? Well, it’s more powerful than a Kia Ceed Sportswagon but much less so than a Peugeot 508 SW or Skoda Superb iV. The Megane ST gets from 0-62mph in a reasonable 9.8sec, but it never feels as immediately muscular as the Superb iV
Road and wind noise is well suppressed, with only the gentle whipping of air around the wing mirrors audible from the front seats. There is more road noise in the RS Line, though, due to the wider, sportier tyres fitted to its bigger alloy wheels.
The steering is light and direct, but those expecting much in the way of feedback will be disappointed. Driving the Megane ST is not what you’d call engaging, and the handling misses out on the fun factor that the Focus Estate has in abundance. It’s safe and secure, but doesn’t reward you for pushing it hard.