Top Gear's ultimate hot hatch test...
….featuring the ultimate driver. But which car will prevail?
Posted: 22 May 2013
But, even then, the performance is two-dimensional. The gathering hit of acceleration is just one big puff (admittedly accompanied by the addictive hollow blare of exhaust gases), neither note nor force changing much as the needles whip upwards. Compare that to the Megane, which is more like a naturally aspirated car in its delivery, surging for the 6,500rpm red line, rather than backing off, knackered, at 6,000rpm.
All in all, the VXR's engine isn't as good to use as it should be, although partial blame can be laid with the daft gearing. Who needs a car that's capable of 100mph in third gear? Better, surely, to be a sprinter like the Focus.