The latest Renault Megane RS has hit our shores earlier this year with an updated body and interior. Now, I quite like the Megane as it’s a pure driver’s car and the overall handling has always been near precise for a front wheel drive hot hatch.
With a new front bumper, grille and headlights, the look has been updated to match the current range and I must say that I like it. It’s not that the older car was bad in comparison by any means. The new car just looks more aggressive and wider, much like the previous RS Trophy.
The Megane RS Lux is the only Megane RS you can currently buy out of track spec. For that you need to buy the Trophy and this comes with its own pros and cons. For starters I much prefer the seats of the RS Lux. It’s leather, heated and not nearly as bucket-like as that of the Trophy, which is a track weapon of note, by the way. The seats can also become a little tight, especially if you are a pure South African.
The new Megane has also had its power bumped by about ten kilowatt and is now making power on par with that of the older generation Trophy and Red bull cars. The result is a 195 kW and 360nm. With a curb weight of 1.345kg, the power to weight ratio is pretty good. The zero to hundred figures comes up in about 6 seconds and, while the engine is relatively laggy, giving it a bit of revs never really hurt much, except fuel maybe economy. The average economy is around the tens to high tens, when driving on your day to day drive. Things get a little hairier though as soon as you stomp on the pedals. You are, however, rewarded with a raspy exhaust tone that only the Megane RS can give you. Should you decide to go flat out, the Megane RS is claimed to reach 250kph.
The interior receives a navigation system, with Bluetooth and of course USB. There are also email facilities, as well as a section to download specific applications. Dual zone climate control with heated seats is about as comfy as it gets and is very simple to use. Things like cruise control and an adjustable speed governor/limiter is also a feature that is usually found on high end cars.
The seats are leather with the drivers being automatically adjustable in both reach and height. The driver’s seat will also automatically retract and lower when pulled up to access the rear bench. This just helps with access to the rear seats. The passenger side is unfortunately manual, so it requires a little bit more effort.
Stopping the Megane is easy thanks to its Brembo 4 piston callipers and 340mm disks. They fill the 18inch rims pretty snugly and, speaking of rims, they are wrapped in continental 225/40 R18 low profile tires.
The Megane RS is one of those cars you either like or don’t. Its biggest competition is from the German stable, with probably the new Honda Civic Type R hot on its heels, when that eventually hits our shores.
Ford Focus ST R350, 900
VW Golf GTI R412 300
Audi A3 Quattro R427 300
Mercedes-Benz A250 R478 400
The Renault Megane comes standard with a 5 year 150 000km mechanical warranty and a 5 year 90 000km service plan.