Review: Renault Megane Renaultsport (2009 – 2016)
Handling ability is a huge asset and it remains the benchmark for its class. Affordable with reasonable running costs for a hot hatch.
The infotainment screen and navigation are dated. Refinement is not as good as in some rivals which is a trade-off for the Megane’s raw nature.
Renault Megane Renaultsport (2009 – 2016): At A Glance
If you like your hot hatches raw in the middle, the Megane Renaultsport is the ideal way to cater for your performance tastes. Unlike many of its rivals, the Megane RS eschews an excess of electronic aids to make it quick. Instead it prefers the tried and trusted method of plenty of power and letting the driver decide how to use it best.
Starting out life in 2010 based on the third generation of Megane Coupe, the Renaultsport initially had 250PS. This was supplemented with the Trophy model that boasted 265PS. In time, that more powerful engine became standard across the range, but Renaultsport fans still wanted more.
So, in 2014, the 275 Trophy pitched up with a 275PS version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox, which all Megane RS models do, it’s capable of 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds flat.
However, Renaultsport went even further, as its usual way, with the 275 Trophy-R. Although there’s no more power, the R has a lighter exhaust, bigger brakes, stickier tyres and uprated suspension that results in an even more agile and quicker all-round car.
While fans of the Megane Renaultsport tend to revel in its extreme nature as the car needs to be driven hard to get the best from it, it is still a Megane Coupe. This means it’s easy to fit in normal parking spaces and will carry the kids and shopping when not hurtling around a race track.
The Megane RS is also one of the most affordable extreme hot hatches thanks to Renault keeping the cost under that of most competitors. It means the hardest charging hot hatch is one of the least aggressive on your wallet.
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Renault Megane Renaultsport (2009 – 2016): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 306–991 litres
While the Megane Renaultsport’s cabin may look a little dated compared to those of newer rivals, it retains a strongly functional feel that is in keeping with this Renault’s focused performance. The item that dates the cabin the most is the infotainment screen, which is mounted high in the centre of the dash to give a clear view.
However, the screen’s functions are operated by toggle switch mounted to the rear of the gear lever and various settings are selected using the buttons arrayed around the toggle switch. This is all fine when the car is parked up, but it means the driver either takes a lucky dip with his fingers to find the right button or has to divert his attention from the road ahead. When most other systems have moved to a touchscreen set-up, this shows the Megane is lagging behind.
Further marring this experience in the Megane Renaultsport 275 Nav is the number of beeps, bongs and warning noises the infotainment system makes, which are frankly just annoying.
The rest of the dash, though, is clear and simple to read and work your way through thanks to clearly defined sections for the stereo and ventilation controls.
A two-way adjustable steering column helps any driver fine tune the seating position and there’s plenty of movement in the driver’s seat, even for taller drivers. The front seats are fabric trimmed in both the Cup-S and Nav models, or buyers can upgrade to Recaro sports seats with leather trim. With this option, the Nav model also gains electric adjustment and seat heating.
More options for the Megane Renaultsport are covered by a panoramic glass roof and Alcantara trim for the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and handbrake cover. A rear parking camera and parking sensors come as standard with the Nav model and are an option for the Cup-S.
Access to the rear seats of the Megane Renaultsport is no worse than in the standard Megane Coupe, so adults might find it a yogic exercise to gain entry or exit. Once installed, there’s enough room for two adults to be comfortable, though headroom is not generous and the high window line can make it feel very closed in.
Behind the seats is a 377-litre boot, which is enough for a couple of cases and some soft bags. The rear seats split and fold to extend luggage space to 991 litres, so it is possible to fit a mountain bike into a Megane Renaultsport without having to completely dismantle the bike.
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What's the Renault Megane Renaultsport (2009 – 2016) like to drive?
Every Renault Megane Renaultsport now comes with the 275PS version of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that was first used in the Trophy-R model. The Trophy-R is no longer and has been replaced by the Cup-S, which treads the line between road car and track day missile.
For the Megane Renaultsport Cup-S, Renault’s performance division has come up with unique tyres from Michelin for its 18-inch alloy wheels, which can be replaced with 19-inch ones at extra cost. However, the Cup-S does without the lightweight exhaust from Akropovic and Ohlins adjustable shock absorbers that were standard for the Trophy-R. Instead, these two items are now options for the Cup-S, but not the 275 Nav model.
As you can guess from its name, the 275 Nav comes with satellite navigation as standard and is the choice for those looking to use their Megane RS on the road rather than enjoying track driving. As such, it’s a little more refined than the previous Trophy-R to make it more usable on long trips. Every Megane Renaultsport suffers from some engine noise and tyre hubbub as a result of its nature, but it’s not debilitating on longer stints and no worse than a Vauxhall Astra VXR.
You might also expect a hot hatch with a reputation for being one of the most hardcore in its class to be a spine-wrenching experience on the UK’s rougher roads. However, the Megane RS is surprising adept at dealing with broken up roads, which lets the tyres stay in contact with the tarmac for maximum grip in corners and when braking or accelerating. Press the throttle hard coming out of a corner and you will feel the steering wheel fidget in your hands, but it’s not alarming or anything like as noticeable as in a Ford Focus ST.
This is an important point as the Megane Renaultsport has built its reputation on being supreme in corners. It’s also pretty handy in a straight line and can dash off 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds, but it’s through the twistier sections of road where the Megane comes into its own.
There is a deftness to the Renault’s reactions that puts it a cut above its rivals, even those launched much more recently than the Megane. It feels like it’s always working with the driver to get the best from every drive rather than the driver having to force the car into and through a corner. It makes for a hugely pleasing and enjoyable drive when you’re in the mood for some fun.
The downside here is the Megane RS can feel a little coarse and peaky when all you want to do is potter home or you’re stuck in a queue of traffic. Its 2.0-litre engine will bimble along, but it thrives on lots of revs and the driver using the gearbox to extract the best from it. If you want a car with easily accessed power, the Megane RS is not for you. However, if you want a car that rewards accurate driving with an equally sharp response, the Renault will be right up your street.
|1.2 TCe||53 mpg||10.9 s||119 g/km|
|1.5 dCi||79 mpg||12.1 s||93 g/km|
|1.6 dCi||71 mpg||9.8 s||104 g/km|
|2.0T 220||38 mpg||7.6 s||167 g/km|
|Renaulsport 275||38 mpg||6.0 s||174 g/km|
|Renaultsport 250||34 mpg||6.1 s||190 g/km|
|Renaultsport 265||38 mpg||6.0 s||174 g/km|
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