The interior layout, fit and finish
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. Meanwhile, Trophy models add Alcantara suede trim to the wheel and seats.
There’s a decent spread of soft touch plastics and sharp digital displays to make it feel a little more plush than a Type R, although quality is nothing to write home about. Still the only hot hatches that are notably classier inside in this price bracket are the BMW 135i and Audi S3, and neither of those is nearly as fun to drive.
Likewise, the Mégane RS’s infotainment isn’t class leading, but it’s better than the Civic Type R’s, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, allowing you to bypass much of Renault’s own infotainment features and use those provided by your smartphone instead. Still, the big 9.3in screen is pretty responsive to your commands and has sharp graphics, although its menus are a bit more confusing than the best systems out therem such as those in the aforementioned M135i and S3.
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.
True, you might think the seatbase is angled towards the front of the car too aggressively, but the optional Recaros (Trophy only) solve this, while also dropping down an additional 20mm. They look great and hold you in place superbly while proving surprisingly comfortable, too. Over-the-shoulder visibility isn’t great due to the Megane’s hefty rear pillars, but you do get front and rear parking sensors along with a rear-view camera to help offset that.
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