Giulietta Cloverleaf vs Megane RenaultSport
Can France and Italy offer credible alternatives to German hot hatchery? There’s only one way to find out...
Posted: 14 Dec 2010
Renault has grown a serious pair in the last few years, and its Clio Cup looks well set for being the definitive hot hatch for a generation. The RS Megane is a bit more grown-up, but no less mad-looking or involving for that.
On paper then, both Alfa and Renault are sub-£25k cars with serious front-wheel-drive power. With 235 and 250bhp respectively, they both find 60mph in just over six seconds and top out at around 150mph. They are a statistical match for the GTI, but they also give you the James May Trademark Fizz where a Golf never could. Your wife, bank manager, even your kids might tut-tut, but here are spacious, refined and relatively practical family cars that look the business, go like stink and set you apart from the galaxy of Teutons pounding across Britain's blacktop.
Convinced? NO? Nor should you be yet. Let's start with the Alfa.