Used test: Honda Civic Type R vs Renault Mégane RS vs Volkswagen Golf R

Buy any of these absolutely cracking hot hatches at a couple of years old and you'll have yourself a bargain, but which one will look best on your driveway? We have the answer.....

New Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R

What will they cost? 

New, the Golf was the most expensive, followed by the Civic and then the Megane. Buy them, as here, at two years old and there’s not much in it, with the Civic costing you around £1000 more than the Golf, which in turn will set you back around £1000 more than the Megane. 

It’s the Golf that’s lost the most money, though: £10,000 on its original purchase price. This indicates poorer residual values, meaning potentially higher running costs over the next few years of your ownership if depreciation continues at the same level.

New Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R

The Civic will cost you more to insure and service, though. Annual road tax will be the same for all three, and we’d expect fuel costs to be similar too.

There isn’t much in it for standard luxuries, although the Mégane is the only one of our trio without standard adaptive cruise control to automatically maintain a set distance from the car in front. Meanwhile, the Golf is the only one with heated front seats but also the only one without standard keyless entry.

New Renault Megane RS vs Honda Civic Type R vs Volkswagen Golf R

It’s very disappointing that Renault doesn’t fit much modern safety kit as standard, though. The Civic and Golf both come with automatic emergency braking as standard, while the latter also has lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition. However, all three scored a five-star Euro NCAP safety result. 

In our most recent reliability survey, the standard Honda Civic finished in 15th place in the family car class, while the cooking Golf finished 12th. The Megane didn’t feature. Honda as a brand finished in 10th place, while Volkswagen was 16th and Renault a hugely disappointing 30th out of 31 manufacturers.

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