Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Megane Sport Tourer - 2nd Report
18 December 2009
Author: Guy Bird
|P11D price:|| £19,350 (est.)|
|Key rival:|| Ford Focus Estate|
Given our Megane Sport Tourer's trim is named after its TomTom satnav system we figured Renault had to be pretty confident of its ability, so we put it to the test.
First impressions have been excellent. The 5.8in colour map screen is fully integrated into the car's dashboard - no unsightly windscreen suction pad to secure a cradled device here - while its controls are easy to locate on the transmission tunnel between the front seats.
The system utilises a compass-style central knob with simple 'back', 'menu', 'map' and 'destination/home' buttons clustered around it. Press the latter button and entry options are clearly displayed - including the super-useful 'full postcode' option on its opening page. Destinations are then quick to input and make journeys instantly less stressful.
But the TomTom system offers more than basic navigational functionality. Case in point: on lesser systems the recent clocks-going-back-day would herald endless frustrated fiddling with the car's settings in the vain hope of finding out how to change the hour. On the TomTom it's quickly adjusted from the 'menu' area and while there I also stumbled on a neat extra application that transforms the car's screen 'arrow' into the 3D Renault of your choice - from Clio to F1 racer. In the absence of a Megan Sport Tourer option I loyally opted for the Megane hatch, figuring the F1 icon could be a bit too ironic given this Megane's 1.5 dCi engine. Either way it's a neat touch that brings a smile to every easy-plan journey.
|Renault Megane Sport Tourer |
1.5dCi TomTom 5dr 6spd manual
|Claimed combined consumption||62.8mpg|
|Our average consumption||48.1mpg|
|Model price range||£14,935-£22,285|
|CO2 (tax) ||120g/km/13%|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£42/£84|
|Service interval||up to 18,000mls/2yrs|
|Boot space (min/max)||486/1567 litres|
|Why we’re running it||To see if downsizing |
estates can really work
|Positive||Smart looks, interior |
details, economy, ride
|Negative||Annoying handbrake, |