Used Renault Megane Sport Tourer 2002 - 2009 review

Category: Estate car

The Renault Megane Estate is no beauty, but it will carry large loads

Renault Megane Sport Tourer (02 - 09)
  • Renault Megane Sport Tourer (02 - 09)
  • Renault Megane Sport Tourer (02 - 09)
Used Renault Megane Sport Tourer 2002 - 2009 review
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What's the used Renault Megane estate like?

You've considered buying a Scenic, but its high-up driver's seat doesn't feel right. So, the Renault Megane Sport Tourer is better: it will carry as much, but it doesn't drive like an MPV.

The Sport Tourer name suggests it's more about style than substance, but that's not the case. In fact, this is a conventional estate. True, it's no beauty, but it does have one of the biggest load areas in the class.


The Renault Megane Estate is no beauty, but it will carry large loads

  • Huge boot for this size of car and lots of kit
  • Rear seats don't fold flat and rivals drive better

If you've stepped from a Ford Focus, the Megane feels limp to drive. It rides softly and handles competently but the steering gives little feedback.

However, the cabin provides good space and keeps out most road noise, while the stylish dash is easy to use - although the U-shaped handbrake and credit-card ignition key are gimmicky.

Even the cheap models are loaded with standard equipment, including six airbags, air-con and a CD player. Only the top-end models have alloy wheels as standard, though.

Ownership cost

What used Renault Megane estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Renault Megane estate?

Servicing shouldn't be too much of a problem. The work is mostly straightforward and intervals are variable – on-board sensors decide when the oil needs changing and the brakes could use a look at - so you can help to keep your own costs down.

Likewise, you can avoid the steep main-dealer labour rates by using a good independent garage. However, Renaults aren't the most reliable of cars, so as yours gets older, it'll make sense to budget for surprise repairs.

Fuel economy is also strong, with the diesels averaging 60mpg and the 1.6 petrols 41mpg. The 1.4 is slightly thirstier overall than the 1.6.

Our recommendations

Which used Renault Megane estate should I buy?

Compared with the Renault Megane hatchback and the Renault Scenic, this isn't a big seller. So you'll need to stay flexible over which used model you buy - or wait an age before you find the right one. Most buyers go for the 1.6 petrol or 1.5 diesel engines and pick Expression trim, which is the cheapest option.

The diesels pull hardest from low revs, which is something you'll appreciate when driving with a load aboard. However, these models are dearer to buy second-hand, so you'll only make a saving overall if you cover plenty of miles. Do the sums and then decide.

There's also a 1.4 petrol, which struggles in such a big car, a punchy 2.0 and a 1.9 130bhp diesel. You can also go for sporty Dynamique trim or plush Privilege.

Out of that lot, we'd stick with Expression trim and either the 1.6 petrol or 1.5 106bhp diesel.

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