Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Megane Sport Tourer - 9th Report
14 May 2010
Author: Guy Bird
|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 consumption||41.7mpg|
|Model price range||£14,935-£22,285|
|CO2 (tax) ||120g/km/13%|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£43/£87|
|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||Satnav, interior detail, |
|Negative||Odd locking, left-hand |
drive bias, engine
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