Renault Megane RS review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Renault Megane RS
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  • Renault Megane RS front tracking
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  • Renault Megane RS 2019 RHD dashboard
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  • Renault Megane RS 2019 rear left static
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Range-topping Trophy version aside, the Renault Megane RS is a bit cheaper than the Honda Civic Type R but pricier than the smaller Toyota GR Yaris. That’s true whether you’re paying cash, signing up to 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.

While the Trophy looks much more expensive than the basic car on paper, once you’ve factored in everything you get, including its uprated chassis, upgraded brakes and larger wheels, the gap narrows massively. If you plan on doing a few track days, it’s the one to go for.

Overview

If you’re after some excitement in your life, there are few more thrilling hot hatches than the Megane RS. Its standard four-wheel steering gives it incredible agility and, while it’s not as fast as some rivals, its 1.8-litre engine sounds terrific. However, the Civic Type R is a more practical and slightly less lairy alternative while the GR Yaris is the hot hatch to beat.

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