Our cars: Renault Megane Renaultsport - August

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Renault Megane Renaultsport 250

Week ending August 26
Total mileage 16,195
Mileage this week 230

Driving home this week after a stressful day chained to a keyboard, I was thinking about how easy the Megane is to live with.

Yes, the ride is unyielding at low speeds and the sharp clutch pedal takes a few days to master, but otherwise the fastest Megane is painless to drive in town. Get it above 20mph and it feels no more compromised than many small family cars, let alone a hot hatch capable of blistering cross-country pace. It’s not relaxing, sure, but it’s not terribly wearing, either.

Of course, the Megane feels best on the open road when there’s the chance to give it some stick, but it’s great to know you don’t have to make too many sacrifices if it’s usually town-bound, as mine is.

Week ending August 12
Total mileage 15,965
Mileage this week 217

The Megane has been on practical duties this week. First, the large cubby that faces the middle rear seat proved the ideal place to keep a bunch of flowers from getting damaged on the way home. (I’d previously used it only for bottles of water, but now I know it’s far more useful.)

Then the boot took our luggage as my girlfriend and I had a couple of days away. We didn’t take much, so space wasn’t an issue, but the high lip and narrow opening can be a pain if you’re trying to load something big and heavy. Not that a neighbour’s cat had any problems getting into the boot!

Week ending August 12
Total mileage 15,748
Mileage this week 554

I've always loved the Megane Renaultsport for its astonishing performance, traction and agility. However, I was equally impressed when I used it for a quick run down the M4 to Heathrow because it's surprisingly refined and comfortable for such a sporty car.

The only major annoyance was the stereo, which has lots of fiddly buttons and makes it far too complicated to tune radio stations. In fact, I never worked how to do this, so was forced to listen to the easy listening stations that deputy production editor Barnaby Jones had pre-programmed.

Week ending August 5
Current mileage 15,191
Driven this week 327

I spent the weekend in the Megane 250 and can see why it won our Top 50 fun cars.

It reminds me of my younger days when I owned a Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi. The Megane sticks to the road, has excellent steering feel and a great-sounding engine. It's got 'fun' written all over it.

I also love the attention to detail in the cabin. The yellow stitching on the steering wheel makes you feel like you're sitting in something special.

What surprised me most, though, was how much room there was for my family – looking at the car's swoopy lines, you'd assume there's hardly any rear-seat space. My 15-year-old son felt comfortable and safe, and I still managed to get seven bags of shopping in the boot.

Great to drive and decently practical – that's what I call fun.


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