0 - 62 mph5.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2191 g/km

Renault continues to retain its place amongst the hot hatchback elite with this revitalised Megane R.S. The headlines include a 4Control 4-wheel steering system, plus a powerful 1.8-litre engine putting out 300hp. There's a five-door bodystyle and you can get paddleshift auto transmission if you want it too. As before, there's a choice of a standard model with a 'Sport' chassis and a track-ready 'Trophy' variant with a stiffened 'Cup' chassis, options that present buyers with an interesting choice.


Renault's fastest Megane delivers thrills that are as big as ever. Jonathan Crouch reports.

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Renault continues to retain its place amongst the hot hatchback elite with this revitalised Megane R.S. The headlines include a 4Control 4-wheel steering system, plus a powerful 1.8-litre engine putting out 300hp. There's a five-door bodystyle and you can get paddleshift auto transmission if you want it too. As before, there's a choice of a standard model with a 'Sport' chassis and a track-ready 'Trophy' variant with a stiffened 'Cup' chassis, options that present buyers with an interesting choice.


We British love our hot hatchbacks. While other European nations are left cold by the prospect of a compact family car that could make a Ferrari look silly on a race circuit and reach licence confiscation territory a matter of seconds after idling at the traffic lights, UK buyers go crazy for anything with the right mix of letters like G, T, R, V and S in its title. Renault has capitalised on this fascination better that almost any other manufacturer in recent years, its Dieppe factory churning out a whole series of Renaultsport models which have hopped across the Channel to beguile the UK's enthusiasts. This third generation Megane Renaultsport is the latest in that line. Most class-leading hot hatches - Golfs, Focuses and so on - are great because they build on the established dynamic excellence imbued into the standard models upon which they are based. In contrast, for all its many virtues, an ordinary Renault Megane would, you'd think, never be a car likely to sire something sensational. Yet with this Megane R.S. the Dieppe division engineers claim to have managed to deliver just that. Have they worked their magic once more? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, the 1.8-litre engine in the standard R.S. 300 model now, as that moniker suggests, develops 300hp, the same as in the top 'Trophy' version. It remains the world's most powerful 1.8-litre unit, offering 390Nm of torque. Through the corners, you'll feel the difference between these two derivatives if you're fortunate enough to try them back-to-back; the 'R.S. 300' has the standard 'Sport' chassis, while the top 'Trophy' variant features the more track-orientated 'Cup' chassis. In both cases, a standard '4CONTROL' four-wheel steering helps corner turn-in and aims to ensure stability at high speeds and agility at low speeds. At high speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in the same direction, limited to a one degree angle for the rear wheels. At low speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions up to a maximum angle of 2.7 degrees. The ride's surprisingly good too (for a hot hatch), thanks to all round hydraulic bump stops that also enable optimum control of tyre-ground contact. Customers must now have the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) auto gearbox and if you're quick with its paddleshifters, 62mph from rest takes 5.7s en route to a 158mph maximum (163mph in the Trophy version). What else? Well in regular use, the Sport chassis provides easy sporty driving, whilst the Cup chassis offers greater, more focused performance for track and fast road progress. If you favour the 'Cup' set-up, you're the kind of buyer who'll probably be interested in the 'S. Monitor Expert' system that allows drivers to film their track sessions and overlay telemetry data to create augmented reality videos that can later be analysed on a provided 'R.S. Replay' website.

Design and Build

Some previous Renaultsport products have looked rather Max Power, a boy racer image that customers with around £35,000 to spend would generally rather avoid. Hence a look that's classier than anything the French brand has yet provided to the hot hatch market. There's a single five-door bodystyle, though with enough styling changes over the ordinary Megane hatch to make it feel a very different product, both inside and out. In your driveway, it'll certainly appear purposeful, especially in this revised form, which sets itself apart from the original version of this car with small changes to the front grille and rear light design, plus more eye-catching LED lighting signatures. As before, the front bumper incorporates a Formula 1-style blade, a wide air intake and a diamond-patterned front grille. At the side, extractor vents are located behind the front wheels. And at the back, there's an aggressive lip spoiler with body-colour vertical mountings designed to generate greater downforce. Plus there's a rear bumper incorporating a centrally-positioned exhaust pipe and a working diffuser designed to negate lift at higher speeds. At the wheel, the driving position is brilliant, aided by the fact that you can position the seat nice and low. There are sports front seats with integrated head rests, as part of a predominantly charcoal grey cockpit with red top-stitching. Buyers get a choice of two upholsteries ('carbon fibre weave' or Alcantara) and bespoke aluminium trim for the pedals and gear lever.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £33,000 for the standard R.S. 300 model - which now has to be had with the EDC paddleshift auto gearbox. Think in terms of around £37,000 for the 'Trophy' version with its stiffer 'Cup' chassis (that's auto-only now too). ESP stability control comes as standard and can be completely disabled at the touch of a button should owners feel like exploring the car's limits of grip. The paddleshift EDC auto transmission includes a 'Launch Control' mode for optimised getaways. Standard kit across the range includes the brand's 'R.S. Vision' lighting system and a 'Multi-Sense' driving modes set-up with 'Sport' and 'Race' settings that can be accessed by a shortcut 'R.S.' button. Also standard is the '4Control' 4-wheel steering system, a special 'PerfoHub independent steering axis front suspension system and a Torsen limited slip differential, all these things combining to improve cornering. Plus you get powerful 355mm front brake discs with Brembo calipers. Other standard feature on the main R.S. 300 variant (which features the softer 'Sport' chassis) include 18-inch R.S. alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a handsfree Renault keycard, lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and an active emergency braking system. 'Trophy' specification includes Bi-material brakes, 19-inch R.S. Trophy alloy wheels, an R.S. Nappa perforated leather steering wheel and gearknob gaiter, heated seats, the extra 'R.S. Monitor' telematics track features for the centre screen and the stiffer 'Cup' chassis. Renaultsport Alcantara upholstery with red stitching is standard at this level, while optional Recaro bucket seats are also available.

Cost of Ownership

This Megane R.S. is actually more efficient than you might expect. Let's look at the WLTP figures. The car can return 35.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and will emit 191g/km CO2 in 'R.S. 300' EDC auto form, which will make it reasonably affordable to run. For the Trophy EDC auto variant, the figures are 33.6mpg and 192g/km. BiK taxation is up at 37% in both cases. One aspect of purchase that should please you lies in the fact that you won't be fobbed off with the basic three year / 60,000 mile warranty that most rivals offer. All Meganes come with a much more complete four-year / 100,000-mile warranty that includes emergency breakdown recovery. There's also three years' worth of European cover as part of this package.


Renaultsport may be a division of the Renault group, but the cars it produces are so different - and so much more rewarding - than their standard counterparts that they could be from another maker entirely. Which is refreshing in an age where so many brands' idea of creating a hot hatch is to plumb-in a bigger engine, bolt-on a bodykit and jack-up the price. Bottom line with this improved Megane R.S. is that for the price of an ordinary hot hatch, you get a super shopping rocket, unafraid of the fastest GTi's out there, even if they do cost up to £8,000 more. Plus all of those cars are essentially compromises between track-ready handling and roadgoing usability: with its 'Sport' and 'Cup' chassis options, this R.S. doesn't have to be. Either way, it's brilliant fun - and that's what a car like this really should be all about.

  • Heated glass rear screen
  • One touch electric front/rear windows
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Extra tinted windows and rear windscreen

  • Active emergency braking system
  • Hill start assist
  • ESC Electronic stability control and ABS with emergency brake assist
  • RS custom braking system

  • Sport chassis with 4 hydraulic compression stops

  • Voice recognition

  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Power assisted steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera and flankguard protection
  • Renault multi sense - choice of 5 driving modes including race mode

  • R.S. Drive activation button
  • 4Control - 4 wheel steering technology

  • 10" full TFT digital speedometer with colour matrix with renault sport custom display

  • Electrochromic interior rear view mirror
  • Electrically folding door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors

  • RS dashboard and door mouldings

  • Launch control

  • Premium BOSE 9 speaker with Easy Link Nav 9.3" touchscreen, FM DAB double turner, sound audit, 2xUSB, 1 jack, bluetooth, Apple Carplay/Android Auto

  • Custom front bumper widened with F1 gun metal grey blade, honeycomb front grille with R.S. badging
  • Chrome plated RS sport front door sills
  • Custom rear bumper widened with functional diffuser and central exhaust
  • Black Shark-fin antenna
  • LED door mirror integrated indicators
  • R.S. rear spoiler
  • R.S. extended rear wheel arches
  • Chrome window surround
  • RS sills/skirt with flat bottom effect
  • Chrome strip on door handle
  • RS extended front wheel arches with air grilles and Renault Sport badging
  • Ceramic ball bearing turbo system
  • Dual sound exhaust valve system

  • Pure vision full LED front headlights with integrated C Shape turn signal
  • Front and rear door panel ambient lighting
  • Automatic high/low beam
  • Renault sport open sequence upon opening the vehicle with brand light
  • RS Vision - full LED 3 function headlights with fog, cornering, long range

  • Automatic dual zone climate control
  • Air recirculation facility

  • Aluminium steering shift paddle
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • 12v socket in front
  • Custom R.S black harmony roof ceiling
  • High centre console with cup holder and closure flap
  • Front centre storage console with armrest

  • LED front and rear ceiling lighting

  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Front side airbags
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Driver and passenger adaptive front airbags
  • Lateral chest level side airbag for driver and front seat passenger
  • Automatic full central locking when in motion
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts

  • 1/3 to 2/3 folding rear bench seat
  • Isofix attachment system on rear side seats
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Sports seats with integrated headrests

  • Hands free Renault card with remote locking

  • Tyre inflation and repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 191
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 192
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 191
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 79.7
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.1
  • CC: 1798
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 33.2

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 37E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.8
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Description: 300

  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.7
  • Top Speed: 158
  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 310
  • Engine Torque - NM: 420
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3200
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 42.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: ESTORIL
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2058
  • Height: 1447
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4364
  • Width: 1875
  • Wheelbase: 2672

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1443
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1923
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.3
  • Max. Loading Weight: 480

  • Body coloured door mirrors: Included
  • Shiny black door mirrors: £0

  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £1,000
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Renault ID metallic paint: £660
  • Renault sport ID metallic paint: £1,400
  • Solid paint: Included

  • R.S. cloth upholstery: Included
  • Alcantara upholstery with red stitching: £1,000
  • R.S. Alcantara full grained leather steering wheel: £250
  • R.S Nappa perforated leather steering wheel and gear lever knob with R.S badging: Included

  • Metallic - Highland Grey: £560
  • Metallic - Titanium grey: £560
  • Metallic - Diamond black: £560

  • Solid - Glacier White: £0

  • Renault ID metallic - Arctic white: £660
  • Renault ID metallic - Flame red: £660
  • Renault sport ID metallic - Liquid yellow: £1,400
  • Renault sport ID metallic - Volcanic orange: £1,400

  • Heated front seats: £350

  • Alcantara - Grey with red stitching: £1,000

  • R.S cloth - Carbon Black: £0

  • 18" Estoril gun metal grey alloy wheels: Included
  • 19" Interlagos diamond cut black alloy wheels: £800

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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