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Renault Megane RS review

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Mégane RS is much cheaper than the more powerful Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R. That’s true whether you’re paying cash, signing up to a PCP deal or getting one as a company car – and it remains the case after you’ve factored in all the bills you’re likely to face during three years of ownership.

We’ve driven the Cup version only in the UK so far, but we suspect it will be the sweet spot of the range. It adds stiffer suspension, a limited-slip differential (see driving section for more details) and doesn’t cost that much more than the softer-edged regular Sport variant.

Standard equipment is pretty generous and includes climate control, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and keyless entry. We’d recommend adding metallic paint and, more importantly, the Safety Pack Premium, which adds automatic emergency braking – a crucial safety aid that really should be fitted as standard.

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The Mégane RS isn’t the fastest hot hatch in the world, but it’s great fun to drive and cheaper than most rivals

  • Agile handling (particularly with Cup chassis)
  • Cheaper than most rivals
  • Quiet cruiser by hot hatch standards
  • Straight-line performance is nothing special
  • Not the most practical hot hatch
  • Driving position isn't perfect
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