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Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Megane Sport Tourer - 7th Report

Date: 31 March 2010   |   Author: Guy Bird

Megane dash
Category: Estate
P11D price: £19,350 (est.)
Key rival: Ford Focus Estate

I'm not an obsessive cruise control user - living in the city and setting it to 20mph can be dangerous - but on longer journeys a simple system can be a real boon.

Some devices can be impenetrable, but luckily the Megane's system is a breeze to use. Flicking a switch on the base of the centre armrest up or down activates cruise control, while simply pressing the 'plus' or 'minus' buttons on the steering wheel adjusts speed. Renault's version also offers helpful visual confirmation through lighting sections around the easy-to-read digital speedo. The green light bar at the equivalent of 'nine to 11 o'clock' confirms the system is on and a similarly-coloured bar from '11 to 12 o'clock' lights up when the cruising control has been reached. Exceed the cruising speed, though, and the bar between '12 to three o'clock' lights up red and flashes. Equally, if the car is unable to maintain the cruising speed in the gear selected - when going up a steep incline in 6th say - the '12 to 3' section will light red again. When it's time to switch to 'standby' a press of the 'O' button on the steering wheel or a dab of the brakes does the trick. Simple and effective, I like it a lot.

Renault Megane Sport Tourer
1.5dCi TomTom 5dr 6spd manual
Claimed combined
Our average consumption41.7mpg
P11D price£20,060
Model price range£14,935-£22,285
CO2 (tax) 120g/km/13%
BIK 20/40% per month£43/£87
Service intervalup to 18,000mls/2yrs
Insurancegroup 6
Boot space (min/max)486/1567 litres
Engine size/power1461cc/106PS
Top speed/0-62mph118mph/11.2secs
Why we’re running itTo see if downsizing
estates can really work
PositiveSatnav, interior detail,
economy, ride
NegativeOdd locking, left-hand
drive bias, engine