Fortunately, the arrival of the ST170’s spiritual successor, the Focus ST, remedied the situation, and the news today that Renault will be joining the fray with a sporty Megane parts-hauler suggests that there’s an increasing desire by manufacturers to get involved with this niche. There are even rumours Honda will do a Type R version of its new Civic estate...
There's a catch, though: the new Renault, dubbed the GT 220 Sport Tourer, won't make it to our shores, as it doesn't fit with Renault's aim to keep its range simple in the UK, apparently. Bah, and indeed, humbug.
We're actually quite gutted about that, as in terms of performance, it'd neatly fill the gap between the ST Estate and its lowlier Zetec S sibling, and with 220hp on offer it should provide enough poke to make it an entertaining steer.
All of which makes us less than impressed that we're going to miss out. All we can do is look pleadingly in Renault's general direction and hope for a change of heart - or, better still, a RenaultSport version of the Tourer.
We reckon it's got the potential to be a commendable rival to Focus, and will allow the more family-oriented hot hatch fan to get his or her fix. But what do you reckon? Is Renault right to keep this particular Megane from us, or is it disappointing that we're to be denied?