So then, the new Megane Sports Tourer. What do we know? It's powered by a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, it has a bigger footprint than the previous model and promises the longest luggage length in its part of the market. (Cue TV style "Ooooohhhh") This is achieved by a folding front passenger's seat which allows through-loading from the dash to the tailgate. The standard boot can also be divided up to keep cargo under control, and there's more oddment stowage than before. But who cares about this, right?
Diesel engines are 1.5 and 1.6 dCi units with 108 and 128bhp respectively. The latter is good for 236lb ft, while the former claims 76.4mpg and 96g/km. Pretty impressive considering the size and weight of the car. There is also a smaller petrol engine, a 1.2 TCe with 128bhp and 151lb ft of torque.
However, more importantly there's also a 1.6 TCe with 202bhp and 207lb ft of torque; this will be available exclusively in a separate GT model – which also features four-wheel steering and constantly variable chassis settings. The GT also gets a seven-speed auto box; elsewhere in the range, this is optional over the standard six-speed manual.
The regular Sport Tourer range has four trim levels, with prices starting at £18,550. All models get alloys, Bluetooth and DAB, but you only have to take one step up to add Rlink2 media with a 7" screen as well as a suite of modern safety features. The screen gets bigger as the prices get higher, then the top-option Signature model gives you leather, LEDs, 18" rims and so on for a price starting at £22,550. The parallel GT and GT-Line models have sports seats and more aggressive styling as well as a variety of go-faster details. Prices start at £21,550, though the full GT model – which has been honed by Renault Sport – will stand you from £27,450.
Is it worth the extra cash for the GT? Well thats up you... However, with the likes of the Ford Focus ST Estate and Volkwagen Golf GTD Estate currently on the market, I think its time Renault Sport adds the RS250 spec to the estate!