The French model’s scorching hatch has a cult following who love the automotive’s sharp efficiency and aptitude. However there are a number of trade-off that depart the Renault Megane RS Trophy showing poor worth towards extra established rivals.
There’s no avoiding the truth that the R.S. Trophy is dear in contrast with conventional rivals from Volkswagen and Ford. It prices about $15,000 greater than the pair, though to be honest it’s a extra centered efficiency automotive. If you would like a less expensive R.S., the usual Sport mannequin prices roughly $9000 much less. For the additional spend the Trophy offers you a extra highly effective engine (up 16kW and 30Nm), higher brakes, a bespoke suspension tune, extra performance-focused wheels and tyres, an lively muffler and a restricted slip differential. The additional energy shaves simply one-tenth off the 0-100km/h time and makes use of half a litre extra (98 RON) gasoline per 100km. Inside, the one visible cue you’ve acquired the Trophy model is a leather-based and suede sports activities steering wheel with crimson stitching. The cabin is nicely outfitted and appears up-market. Highlights embrace normal satnav, an above common Bose audio system, leather-based seats and smartphone integration. A five-year guarantee is normal however servicing prices are solely capped for 3
The normal trade-off for sharp cornering has been stiff suspension that rattles the fillings over pockmarked internal metropolis streets. Lately, carmakers have combated this by providing multi-mode suspension setups with a “consolation” setting for the each day commute. Not like its direct rivals, the Renault sticks with the one setting: agency. It’s not crashy or jarring, however it does get jiggly over lower than excellent street surfaces. The heated leather-based seats are comfortable and supportive, with first rate facet help and padding, whereas the remainder of the cabin seems and feels up-market. Rear-seat passengers have their very own air vents and a good quantity of head and legroom, whereas the boot can be a good measurement.
The present Megane hasn’t been independently crash-tested in Australia however was awarded 5 stars by Euro NCAP again in 2015. There are six airbags, two ISOFIX anchor factors within the again and a tyre strain monitor. Driver aids embrace auto emergency braking, blind-spot detection, lane holding help and lively cruise management. Huge brakes and sticky tyres additionally assist to maintain issues below management if the driving force is testing the automotive’s limits.
ON THE ROAD
Scorching hatches are as a lot about theatre as they’re about efficiency and the Trophy’s lively muffler delivers all the precise kinds of noises when pushed enthusiastically. It’s robust off the mark and the superb dual-clutch auto retains the 1.8-litre turbo in its candy spot for max drive out of corners. There’s loads of suggestions from the steering and the brakes are robust, resisting fade on an extended downhill stretch that included tight hairpins. It’s a matter of style, however the automotive’s trick rear-wheel steering set-up felt unnerving at instances. It’s designed to ship higher flip in, however generally it feels as in case you’re going to lose the back-end.
There’s no doubting the Megane’s efficiency pedigree, however different scorching hatches do a greater — and cheaper — job of balancing the each day grind with a weekend blast within the nation.
Volkswagen Golf GTI, from $48,990 drive-away.
Not as centered or as quick because the Trophy however less expensive, with a cultured inside and nice liveability. New mannequin coming quickly.
Ford Focus ST, from about $49,000 drive-away.
Related efficiency from bigger 2.3-litre turbo, sharp steering and nice grip via corners. Additionally lots cheaper.
Hyundai i30 N, from about $45,500 drive-away.
Solely comes as a handbook in the intervening time, limiting its attraction. However our 2018 Automobile of the Yr has a robust engine, nice dynamics and sharp pricing.
RENAULT MEGANE RS TROPHY VITALS
Worth: About $62,000 drive-away
Guarantee/servicing: 5 years, unl’td km, $1435 over three years
Engine: 1.8-litre turbo petrol, 221kW/400Nm
Security: Not rated, six airbags, auto emergency braking, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, lively cruise management
Initially revealed as Renault’s reply to the VW Golf GTI