Renault Megane Estate
From Renault press: The launch of New Renault Mégane Estate rounds off the Mégane family. Its new, dynamic, distinctive looks are the result of the far-reaching look at styling which was taken at the very beginning of the programme. New Mégane Estate's sporty lines contrast with the conventional 'utility vehicle' approach which has all too often been applied to the majority of estate cars in this segment. It makes no concessions, however, regarding either its load-carrying ability or modularity which continue to be key considerations for purchasers of this type of vehicle.
New Mégane Estate's longer wheelbase compared with that of New Mégane Hatchback (+62mm) ensures a pleasing, balanced styling package which is reinforced by its fluid, uncluttered, dynamic character line which runs along the flanks to the rear lights.
The combination of the roofline, low-profile windows and rake of the rear screen suggest forward movement and exude an unmistakable sense of elegance. The chrome longitudinal roofbars add a further touch of character. The elegance of the side-view carries over to the design of rear end. The Renault logo is highlighted by an indentation at the base of the rear screen, while the curved forms of the two-part rear lights (with one part on the tailgate) ensure an extremely distinctive rear-end signature. New Mégane Estate's bold wheel arches and generous, rounded forms express a prevailing impression of power and robustness.
New Renault Mégane Estate is 4.56 metres long and comfortably accommodates up to five adults with luggage. The driver and front passenger benefit from headroom of 890mm (with seat angle at 14 degrees) and elbowroom of 1,475mm, figures which count among the best in the compact estate segment.
Careful attention has been paid to ensure that the driving environment is as driver-friendly as possible. Drivers of all builds will have no trouble finding the ideal seating position thanks to the numerous adjustment possibilities offered by the lumbar-adjustable, reclining driver's seat (segment- leading cushion-height adjustment of 70mm, fore/aft travel of 240mm and fore/aft headrest adjustment).
The steering wheel is also height- and reach-adjustable (through 5.1 degrees and 45mm respectively), while the pedal spacing has been made more comfortable. The brake pedal is 30mm wider and the gap with the accelerator pedal has been extended by 10mm to enable the driver's foot to switch more confidently and more swiftly to the middle pedal when braking.
Rear passengers benefit directly from the 62mm-increase in wheelbase compared with Mégane Hatchback which provides 218mm of kneeroom (61mm more than Mégane Hatchback), putting the newcomer among the best in its segment.