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
And up against the Megane, it still is. Renault hasn't spared the horses when it comes to styling the RS, and it strays dangerously close to DIY aftermarket territory. The way the wheel arches, side-skirts and that lumpy rear wing integrate into the bodywork seems like an afterthought, although in fairness a slightly less showy colour than our ‘Slap Me Yellow' would make them less conspicuous. And the overall effect is one of real menace. From any angle, and none more so than when the Megane looms into your rear view, this is a car whose styling borders on being a threat.
So both these cars have a real kerbside impact, already setting them apart from the Golf, if not a Scirocco. On board, meanwhile, the Megane's solidity, ergonomic logic and cleanliness of design is right up there with the Germans, which is no mean feat for a manufacturer whose national identity leans far more towards price than luxury.