Renault Megane RS

Renault Megane RS review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£27,995
What Car? Target Price£26,541
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Range-topping Trophy version aside, the Megane RS is much cheaper than the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R. 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.

It’s the Cup that will represent the sweetspot of the range for most buyers, then; it doesn’t cost that much more than the softer-edged regular Sport variant and really ramps up the aggression.

That said, while the Trophy looks much more expensive than the basic car on paper, once you’ve factored in the cost of the Cup chassis, upgraded brakes and larger wheels, the gap narrows massively. If you plan on a few trackdays, it’s the one to go for.

Standard equipment is pretty generous and includes climate control, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and keyless entry. But we’d recommend adding metallic paint and, more importantly, the Safety Pack Premium, which adds automatic emergency braking.

Renault finished in the middle of the pack in our most recent Reliability Survey, two places behind Volkswagen and four behind Honda.

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Verdict

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