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 Alcantara 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. Recaro bucket seats will be offered in the future and should help liven things up.
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 what you get in a Honda Civic Type R.
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.