First trip: Renault Megane Sport Tourer dCi 110.

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SUVs currently fulfill this style option. Even better, they do at the same time what most families need, i.e. drive them and their belongings around town in a comfortable and affordable way.

If it looks good, it sells. Sellers from the beginning of the sales history will tell you that. If you give buyers the choice between good-looking and boring, most people will choose what pleases the eye.

Smooth and cheap to drive like a 1.5 liter diesel, but not very inspiring to drive

First of all, the “sport” part of the name is reflected in its lower and broader position compared to the old Mégane estate. A less desirable consequence of the En-Sportification process was the reduction of the trunk capacity. The Astra Sports Tourer beats it in this department, and the Octavia with long roof destroys it.

We have already tried the more “sporty” diesel version, the 1.6: Now we are trying the Sport Tourer in the economical 1.5 dCi 110 format. what does it look like?

All this makes life a little difficult for conventional station wagons like the Renault Mégane Sport Tourer. Why should you consciously choose a mainstream station wagon like this one?

As long as you’re not above medium height, you can sit in the back seats. The legroom is acceptable in class, but the sloping roof inevitably cuts a considerable chunk out of your headroom.

Nevertheless, the Renault is not an impractical vehicle. It has an adjustable load floor (without a step up to the folded back seats, which makes a nice, flat loading area), many possibilities for securing the load and handles to stow the back seats in the trunk.

Out on the road, the soft suspension makes the “sport” part of the name come to mind. On slippery roads, cruising is a relaxed affair, as long as you don’t try to keep your speed around a bend, because pronounced body roll will be noticeable. On our poor roads in the UK, the small 17-inch wheels and suspension faithfully pass on most imperfections. If you are lucky, you will only hear it, but usually you will feel it.

Life is less restricted at the front, where there’s plenty of room and the seats are decently comfortable with a welcome return of suede, even though the faux leather sections feel like cheap rental cars. Soft-touch plastics are well available, but also less appealing satinized plastics, especially in the infotainment screen area where they will be seen frequently. Our car had the 8.7 inch upright touch screen infotainment system. There is no lack of functionality, but the proliferation of small icons was a confusing distraction.

As for the engine, the refinement is impressive, although your progress won’t be as great. On the positive side, it is certainly possible to exceed 50mpg if you keep things nice and calm.

Unfortunately, the driver is not compensated in any other way because the steering weight is too low in the two softer modes Comfort and Neutral. In Sport mode it improves, but the lack of feedback and the lack of variance in the steering feel, even when you understeer heavily, are disappointing factors. Understeering is also the norm, with the always-on stability control with all the subtlety of a bad-tempered sergeant.

If you’re the type of person who pays attention to his or her appearance, the Mégane Sport Tourer could well please. It looks the way it is, and in 1.5 dCi form, it is smooth and cheap to run, all positive persuasive factors for the business user.

2017 Renault Mégane Sport Tourer Dynamique S dCi 110

The problem is that there are other estates that will do a much more comprehensive job for you. The already mentioned Octavia for example. You can buy one of these for the same price, enjoy its ride and space, and then resell it with a smaller depreciation hit.

Price £22,350; engine 4-cylinder, 1461ccm, diesel; power 108bhp at 4000rpm torque 192lb ft at 1750rpm; gearbox six-speed manual; unladen weight 1387kg; 0-62mph 11.3secs; top speed 116mph economy 76.4mpg CO2/tax range 96g/km, 21%; rival Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6CDTi 110 , Skoda Octavia estate 1.6 TDI..

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