Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth system
  • Door/boot open warning light
  • Drive mode selector
  • Eco mode
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • TFT display screen
  • Variable PAS

Entertainment

  • Aux-in socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • Black door mirrors
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Centre Exhaust Tailpipe
  • Chrome window surround
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electrochrome rear view mirror
  • Extended front and rear wheel arches
  • Extra tinted glass in rear windows and tailgate
  • Front and rear towing rings
  • Gunmetal lower front bumper insert
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Honeycomb front grille
  • Integrated fuel filler cap
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights with cornering light function
  • LED headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Power front and rear windows
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear diffuser
  • Rear spoiler
  • Side sills
  • Side skirts

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 12V socket in front and rear
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • Air recirculation system
  • Aluminium pedals and footrest
  • Ambient lighting
  • Black headlining
  • Centre console with cupholders
  • Driver's seat with lumbar adjustment
  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Leather gear knob
  • Passenger sunvisor with illuminated vanity mirror
  • Pollen filter
  • Sports seats
  • Welcome lighting

Safety

  • ABS/EBD
  • Driver/passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags
  • Emergency brake assist
  • ESP + ASR traction control + CSV understeer control
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Anti-drill door locks/ignition barrel
  • Hands free Renault card
  • Insurance approved Cat 1 alarm system
  • Insurance Approved Immobiliser
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device)
  • Superlocking

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

161

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1798

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

79.7

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90.1

Engine Code

M5P

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

39.7

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

47

EC Urban (mpg)

31

General

Badge Engine CC

1.8

Badge Power

280

Based On ID

Coin Description

280

Coin Series

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

35E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

18000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

5.8

Engine Power - BHP

280

Engine Power - KW

205

Engine Power - RPM

6000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

288

Engine Torque - MKG

39.8

Engine Torque - NM

390

Engine Torque - RPM

4800

Top Speed

158

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

235/40 R18

Tyre Size Rear

235/40 R18

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

ESTORIL

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1445

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4372

Wheelbase

2669

Width

1874

Width (including mirrors)

2058

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1905

Max. Loading Weight

498

Max. Roof Load

80

Minimum Kerbweight

1407

No. of Seats

5

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Trim

Wheels

Summary

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 is that for the price of a 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' model options, this RS doesn't have to be. Either way, it's brilliant fun - and that's what a car like this really should be all about.

Background

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

Much has changed here and it's all still brilliant. Under the bonnet, the world's most powerful 1.8-litre engine delivers 280bhp and 390Nm of torque. You can also talk to your dealer about a top 'Trophy' version with 300bhp. Either way, you'll be able to get all that grunt onto the tarmac a little more easily this time round thanks to standard '4CONTROL' four-wheel steering that 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 improved too, thanks to all round hydraulic bump stops that also enable optimum control of tyre-ground contact. What else? Well the option of an Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) auto gearbox is available for the first time, alongside a manual transmission. And two different types of chassis are on offer - 'Sport' or 'Cup'. The Sport chassis provides easy sporty driving, whilst the Cup chassis offers greater, more focused performance for track and fast road use. If you favour the 'Cup' variant, 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 £30,000 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 to make it feel a very different product, both inside and out. In your driveway, it'll certainly appear purposeful. 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 a bespoke aluminium pedal and gear lever.

Market and Model

The core decision that all Megane R.S. buyers must take is whether to go for the standard 'Sport' chassis or the firmer, more focused 'Cup' set-up - which costs a little more. If you want to go even further, there's also a top 'Trophy' version with 300bhp. Expect 'Sport' model prices to start from just under £30,000. Ultimately, it'll be a matter of taste depending on how eager the individual customer is to extract the most from the car's engine and handling package. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard and so does ESP stability control which can be completely disabled at the touch of a button should owners feel like exploring the car's limits of grip. A paddleshift EDC auto transmission is optional and includes a 'Launch Control' mode for optimised getaways. Standard kit across the range includes the brand's new 'R.S. Vision' lighting system and a 'Multi-Sense' driving modes system 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.

Cost of Ownership

This Megane R.S. is actually more efficient than you might expect. The car can return 41mpg on the combined cycle and will emit 155g/km CO2 (11% better than before) which will make it reasonably affordable to run. Another 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.