Why we ran it: To find out how much closer to GTI territory Renault Sport has moved its Mégane hot hatch and whether the cheapest one may also be the sweetest
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Life with a Megane RS: Month 4
Did it slot into everyday life seamlessly yet deliver B-road fun? Here’s our final verdict - 8th January 2020
If there’s ever a good time to wave goodbye to a well-worn and thoroughly well-exercised hot hatchback like our Renault Mégane RS, it’s probably here and now.
January’s pretty cruel on any fast front-driver, let alone one that’s had most of the tread happily scrubbed from its front tyres. Thankfully, it’s not at all hard to remember happier, warmer times in it.
Our 5500-mile ownership experiment with Renault’s current hot Mégane is at an end and it certainly feels like a great shame for more than the obvious reason: because, as much as we’ve learned and enjoyed since August, there would be more still to come with a fresh set of tyres and a tilt at running this car up to its first annual service. Sadly, the Autocar road test desk doesn’t decide these things; and so, having visited Santa Pod, Brands Hatch and Anglesey Circuit in it, and pounded a whole heap of the UK motorway network, its time has come.
If we did complete a full year in the car, though, I’d wager it’d be going just as strong when we finally called time as it is now. Say what you like about Renaults – and we all know what’s said – unlike other current Méganes that have been the subject of correspondence with Autocar these past few months, ours has negotiated its long-term test without a single fault, glitch or hiccup.