Top Gear's ultimate hot hatch test...
….featuring the ultimate driver. But which car will prevail?
Posted: 22 May 2013
It's entirely different and yet the same. You see, it weighs 1,475kg, and its 2.0-litre direct-injection turbo sports 276bhp. These are both big figures in a realm where bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. It also has a crass gearknob. These things matter. Nevertheless, it is closest in concept and execution to the Megane RS 265 - and that's no bad thing, given how highly we rate France's best export. Like the Astra, the Megane (here with £1,350 Cup Chassis pack) treads a tentative path towards coupedom.