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.
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.