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£28,425 when new
The new Renault Megane RS! The old one was good, wasn’t it? One of the very best. This is one of those occasions where a true performance car hero has been replaced, which puts the weight of expectation on the new one. The new Renault Megane RS 280 is immediately a different proposition, though. Its forebear was the kindred spirit of a Porsche 911 GT3, with the focus on the person in the driving seat thanks to stiff suspension, cramped rear quarters and not much in the way of confusing tech or fancy media screens. Now it’s five-door only, with a choice of manual or paddleshift auto gearboxes and a slightly dizzying array of driving modes and on-board glitz. Pricey, then? It doesn’t look bad value for it, though; prices start at £27,495, meaning it undercuts every single direct rival if you can live without options. Add some of the stuff you will want, though, and it’ll head past £30,000.