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Renault Megane RS review

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Do you like your hot hatches restrained inside (think Volkswagen Golf R) or to scream ‘go faster’ like an Abarth 595? Well, the Mégane RS falls somewhere between those two stools.

There’s red stitching and RS badging on the seats and steering wheel, a set of aluminium pedals and some dubious rubberised trim around the door armrests that’s supposed to look like carbonfibre. Trophy 300 models add Alcantara suede trim on the steering wheel while Alcantara and leather upholstery is on the options list. Should that not be racy enough, Recaro seats that drop down an additional 20mm are another option. They look great and hold you in place superbly while proving surprisingly comfortable, too.

Quality is nothing to write home about, but then the only hot hatches that are notably classier inside in this price bracket are the Golf R and Audi S3, and neither of those is nearly as fun to drive. Likewise, the Mégane RS’s infotainment isn’t much cop, although it is better than you get in a Honda Civic Type R. Like that car, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard allowing you to bypass much of Renault’s own infotainment features and use those provided by your smartphone instead.

The driving position is fundamentally sound, with pedals that line up neatly with the seat and steering wheel. The pedals themselves are laid out thoughtfully for fast driving, too, and even the standard seats grip you reasonably well around the shoulders during hard driving. You might think the seatbase is angled towards the front of the car too aggressively, however.

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