Test Drive: Renault Megane Sport Tourer dCi110 EDC image

We have tested, not too long ago, the Renault Megane GT Line, with its 1.6-liter diesel engine, and we wanted to make sure that the smaller dCi 110 unit is doing its job just like it should, on the larger Megane Sport Tourer.

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer is a facelift of the outgoing version and this should be enough to keep the company’s customers satisfied until the next generation will try to make things harder for the Golf 7 especially, and let’s not forget models like the Ford Focus or the Opel Astra.

Engine and Transmission

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer in question is powered by the economical 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine, which is producing a total output of 110 HP, at 4,000 rpm, and it has a peak torque of 240 Nm, available at 1,750 rpm. The unit is mated to a six-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission which, on a mountain road, seems to hesitate in changing gears, but most of the times, these are changed without the driver noticing. The EDC is Renault’s answer to the DSG made by VW and if I’m honest, I prefer it over the German transmission because it’s a simple breath of air in a segment dominated by mostly by Volkswagen vehicles in this chapter. The double-clutch gearbox will most likely suffer some minor changes once the new generation of the Megane will be out but this should be a “must” when ordering the current vehicle.

Fuel Consumption

Renault says that the Megane Sport Tourer, equipped with the 1.5 dCi 110 engine and the EDC, is burning an average of 4.2 liters / 100 km on the highway and only 5.1 liters / 100 km in the city. That last figure isn’t anywhere near what’s real because the trip computer indicated a minimum of 7.2 liters in the city, in normal driving mode, with the transmission providing a new gear at approximately 2,100 rpm, and with the automatic climate control off. On the highway, things are a little different and they aren’t that far apart from the official figure. The trip computer was showing over 5 L / 100 km at 110 km/h, with the cruise control set and the dual-zone climate control blowing cool air in the cabin. At approximately 85 km/h, with “unnecessary” features turned off, the fuel consumption will drop below 5 L / 100 km and we bet that in a controlled environment, you can make the trip computer show 4.2 L / 100 km.

The Ride

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer is a good compromise to the Renault Grand Scenic because if you like some of the features of the MPV but you’re not into that “boxy” look, than the estate will satisfy your needs. The suspension will allow you to feel what the front wheels are doing at certain times but because this isn’t the chassis from the RS, you won’t feel like trying to find out how fast can it go around corners, which isn’t such a bad thing after all, because this is a family estate. The steering is precise and it will make you feel comfortable if you disengage Traction Control. The front seats offer enough side support so you won’t struggle to keep your hands on the steering wheel in a sportier driving mode and you won’t feel bad for ordering the vehicle when dropping your kids at school every morning in a crowded city.

Interior Design

When you step inside the cabin of the Renault Megane Sport Tourer you will get a feel of “Déjà vu” if you have driven a Renault vehicle before and this is good because you will instantly know where every button is. The car is ergonomic, the driving position isn’t too high or too low but the driver’s seat can make you touch the roof with your head if you play with the electric adjustment so it doesn’t really matter how tall or short you are when you will go for a spin in it.

The cabin is offering just what a normal car should have, leather seats with heaters (front), electric driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, enough storage space, except for the front cup holders, or cup holder, because there is only one, two armrests, one in the front and one in the rear, Bluetooth, AUX, USB, satellite navigation system, Bose premium sound system, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers (which aren’t that brilliant), a multi-function steering wheel, an electronic hand brake, digital speedometer and, of course, that very interesting EDC with manual mode.

There is enough space inside for five people but on longer journeys, four will travel in comfort, along with their luggage, because with the rear seats up, the trunk volume stands at 486 liters. The sound insulation isn’t brilliant either but at 120 / 140 km/h you won’t have any problem in speaking with other people in the car.

Likes / Dislikes

A big like goes to the EDC transmission which is a good compromise to Volkswagen’s DSG. The exterior design with its lowered roofline will make you feel happy about choosing this model. The Lane Departure Warning does its job just like it should, you get a button for controlling how bright the instrument cluster is, the automatic headlights work well and the Bose sound system is a “must”, again, along with the leather seats. There is enough rear legroom even with the driver’s seat way back.

On the other hand, you’re probably better off with a regular six-speed manual transmission and a stop / start system if you’re concerned with the fuel consumption because the official figures and what we’ve registered are far apart. The rain sensing wipers need an improvement, the cabin should be better insulated from the exterior and engine noise, another cup holder needs to be put in the front and maybe a phone support. A cooled glovebox is also needed for those warm summer days.

The cheapest Renault Megane Sport Tourer is priced at just under 16,000 euros but the version we’ve tested is close to 21,000 euros.