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The New Renault Megane is almost here

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Megane Sport Tourer

Prices will start from £18,550 for the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer, available to buy in December.

The new Renault Megane Sport Tourer will go on sale in Britain next month, with prices starting at £18,550. The range-topping Sport Tourer Signature, will cost another £4,000 and two separate GT models have starting price tags of £21,550.

The new Renault Megane Sport Tourer will have a choice of six trim levels; the Expression+, the Dynamique, the Dynamique S, the Signature, the GT Line and the GT. The starting price for the Expression+ is £1,600 above the price of the Megane Hatch but it will share standard features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio.

More on the trims

Prices for the Dynamique versions will begin at £20,050. These will feature driver assist extras such as traffic sign recognition, automatic headlights and a lane departure warning system. Renault Megane Dynamique models will also benefit from an R-Link 2 infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen.

The Dynamique S starts at £21,050 and the touchscreen size increases to 8.7-inches. Other benefits include 18-inch alloys and a rear-view camera with parking sensors at the front and back. At the top of the range is the £22,550 Renault Megane Sport Tourer Signature with its 18-inch wheels, black leather upholstery, Nappa leather steering wheel, rear view electrochromic mirror and LED headlights.

The two GT models are separate from the regular range and include the £21,550 GT Line and the GT, which has a starting price of £27,450. The GT Line has dark metal wheels, a honeycomb grille and sports seats to add extra flair to the design, whilst the GT adds the most power on offer and Renault Sport chassis tuning.

Renault Megane Sport Tourer rivals

The new Renault Megane Sport Tourer is an obvious competitor to the £17,545 Ford Focus Estate, which keeps the starting cost down by offering an 84bhp petrol engine, and the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, which is available from £17,205 with a 1.4-litre 99bhp petrol unit.

The estate variant of Renault’s fourth-generation Megane is lower, longer and wider than the current car and its makers say it boasts the segment's longest top load length. It also offers modular boot arrangements in a bid to boost practicality.

It shares its front-end design with the new Renault Megane Hatch but it gains an extended rear to make room for a larger boot and roof rails.

Gearboxes and engines

When it is launched, the Renault Megane Sport Tourer will be offered with a pair of turbocharged TCe petrol engines. These comprise a 128bhp 1.2-litre with 151lb ft of torque, together with a 202bhp 1.6-litre unit offering 207lb ft, although this will only be available in the GT variant.

Turbocharged diesel alternatives include a 1.5 dCi offering 192lb ft and 108bhp and a 1.6-litre producing 236lb ft of torque and 128bhp. The smaller diesel unit is the efficient option, returning claimed economy of 76.4mpg with 96g/km of CO2 emissions.

Next year will see the addition of two further models including a hybrid with an electric motor and 1.5 dCi diesel, and a twin-turbocharged 1.6 dCi 163bhp unit for the Renault Megane Sport Tourer GT.

A manual six-speed gearbox comes as standard on the lower-range models, whilst a dual-clutch EDC seven-speed transmission is the default option for the GT. The latter also has four-wheel 4Control steering to boost manoeuvrability in the driver-focussed GTs, together with Multi-Sense technology to constantly adjust the suspension to meet various driving conditions.

In the boot, there is a maximum of 570 litres of storage space, which is the same as the outgoing version of the Renault Megane. There is extra under-floor space in the new car, however, in addition to extra lateral storage bins.

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