Advertisement

Renault Megane RS - best hot hatchbacks

The Renault Megane RS is a strong performer that handles beautifully and looks brilliant too

Renault Megane RS Trophy - front static

The newest version of the Renault Megane RS was a long time coming, but it’s finally here and on first evidence, it appears to have been worth the wait.

Harbouring 279bhp and 390Nm of torque, the front-wheel-drive Megane RS is capable of 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 155mph.

Renault Megane RS 2018 UK review

Advertisement - Article continues below

Other than outright speed, the steering is very impressive: below 37mph (or 62mph with Race mode engaged), the four-wheel steering system tightens cornering, while above those speeds the rears will turn the same way as the fronts to aid stability.

It isn’t perfect of course: the system can be inconsistent at times and on 19-inch wheels, the RS can fall victim to ruts in the tarmac.

Other than some minor foibles though, the Megane RS is a cracker of a hot hatch, with a list price that represents decent value to boot.

Top 10 best hot hatchbacks 

  1. 1. Honda Civic Type R
  2. 2. Ford Fiesta ST
  3. 3. Renault Megane RS
  4. 4. MINI Cooper S
  5. 5. Hyundai i30 N
  6. 6. Volkswagen Golf GTI
  7. 7. SEAT Leon Cupra
  8. 8. Audi RS 3
  9. 9. BMW M140i
  10. 10. Skoda Octavia vRS
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/porsche/cayman/351949/porsche-718-cayman-gt4-vs-renault-megane-rs-trophy-r
Porsche Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 vs Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

Hardcore Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R lock horns in track showdown
28 Mar 2020
Visit/best-cars/66682/best-hot-hatchbacks
Best hot hatches 2018
Hot hatches

Best hot hatchbacks 2020

The best hot hatches offer giant-killing performance and a gripping drive, all wrapped in a user-friendly package
19 Mar 2020
Visit/renault/megane/107268/renault-megane-rs-300-trophy-long-term-test-review
Renault Megane RS Trophy long-term review - group main
Renault Megane Renaultsport

Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy: long-term test review

Final report: we say farewell to our Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy hot hatch with a family photocall
22 Jan 2020
Visit/renault/megane/107550/renault-megane-rs-trophy-r-sets-new-record-at-suzuka
Renault Megane Trophy-R - Suzuka
Renault Megane Renaultsport

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R sets new record at Suzuka

Renault's Megane Trophy-R has broken the front-wheel-drive production car record at Suzuka Circuit by more than three seconds
28 Nov 2019

Most Popular

Visit/news/102580/hyundai-kona-electric-get-increased-range-july
Hyundai Kona electric front
Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric to get increased range from July

UK-delivered Hyundai Kona Electrics will be outfitted with a handful of mechanical revisions, boosting the SUV’s maximum range to 300 miles
18 Mar 2020
Visit/hyundai/i20/100001/new-hyundai-i20-n-hot-hatchback
Hyundai i20

New 2021 Hyundai i20 N to rival Ford Fiesta ST with 200bhp

New Hyundai i20 N to join i30 N in brand’s hot hatch line-up and our exclusive images preview how it could look
2 Apr 2020
Visit/seat/leon/351998/new-seat-leon-2020-review
SEAT Leon

New SEAT Leon 2020 review

The all-new SEAT Leon hatchback impresses with its blend of sporty handling and cutting-edge technology
3 Apr 2020