|2017 Renault Megane Estate|
Thanks to Renault's design language that applies through newer models since the Espace and the Talisman, the new Megane Estate, based on the new Megane, looks vaguely familiar to some and by familiarity, people will just mistook it for a Talisman Estate but even though it looks the same as the Talisman Estate, think of the brand new Megane Estate is a miniaturized version of the said car but categorized in the same magnitude as the Opel Astra Sport Tourer, VW Golf Variant, Peugeot 308 SW, or even the Toyota Corolla Fielder, meaning there's going to be a healthy dose of competition around the newly regenerated model, based on the recently regenerated Megane.
Despite being new, the new Megane Estate retains the same 580L luggage space as the previous model but it has a class-leading load length of 2.7 meters. That's more than enough to fit most of this weekend's thrift store haul and best of all, it's adjustable to balance this estate from being a family car or a luggage hauler in the same pace. Nothing like tackling day-to-day routine with this one, though.
Like the hatchback, the new Megane Estate comes with several choice of petrol and diesel engines ranging from the more powerful Energy TCe 205 available on the GT model and the more efficient Energy dCi 110 engine ECO2, mated with either a 6-speed or a 7-speed EDC gearbox. Like the hatchback, there is little fun and games in the new chassis it sports as well as a more clever suspension setup fit for European roads, and in case for the GT variants, it's all business and leisure for its behavior, though.
Should you buy one? The new Megane Estate starts at 19,900 Euros, which makes it a very competitive estate from a very competitive category that slots beneath other wagons like the Astra Sport Tourer, Golf Variant, and the 308 SW. With all that spacing at the back makes a big difference and with the new Megane Estate, you know that it makes sense.