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Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Megane Sport Tourer - 9th Report

Date: 14 May 2010   |   Author: Guy Bird

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

As a long-standing advocate of 'voice choice' on satnav - beyond the limited 'newsreader-posh English' male or female options - it's been heartening to see how far the TomTom system on the Megane Sport Tourer has taken things.

Click the voice preferences button and literally a world of options unfolds from Katrina (New Zealand) to Astrid from Sweden. I've gone for Kathy from Ireland as her soft brogue makes even distressing phrases such as "please make a U-turn where possible" somehow more palatable.

Another example is the start-up screen for the satnav that in standard form is just an advert for Renault and TomTom but which can also be customised to a picture of your choice - just like on a laptop screen. Currently I've got the soothing vista of a tropical bright blue sea.

Beyond the undoubted novelty I'm convinced both have genuine safety knock-on benefits through less stressed drivers. In fact all-round, the Megane Sport Tourer is continuing to impress with its extra 'second glance' flexible function. Just the other day I found a hidden storage area under the driver's footwell - a neat detail and a good surprise - only because the car valet had left the car mat loose.

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