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The Top Gear car review:Renault Megane Renaultsport

Overall verdict
The Megane 265 is a brilliant hot hatch that trumps the Golf for thrills, but not user-friendliness.


The sharpest, best handling large hot hatch of them all, Trophy-R's brilliance


Ride is a touch firm, but no more than that


What is it?

The Renaultsport Megane 250 was a very impressive hot hatch that just missed the greatness achieved by the old Renaultsport Clio 200. But then, Renault launched a Trophy special edition, with an extra 15bhp plus a set of chassis tweaks that helped further hone it. The firm then took it to the Nürburgring, and broke the lap record for fastest front-drive hot hatch. These changes have now been standardised on the rest: unsurprisingly, called the Renaultsport Megane 265.

For 2014, it got a new nose, and the cheaper, stripped-back Cup is now gone; a Cup Chassis Pack is a £1,350 option on the regular £26k car. Oh, and it’s been back to the Nürburgring, reclaimed its lap record with a 7m 54.36s charge and is now celebrating as the 275bhp Trophy-R limited-run special.     

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 TCE GT Nav 5dr Auto
7.1s 134g/km 47.1 207 £26,435
The cheapest
1.6 VVT Dynamique Nav 5dr
10.5s 159g/km 40.9 110 £17,515
The greenest
1.5 dCi Dynamique Nav 5dr
11.3s 96g/km 76.4 110 £20,415
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