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Brand New 68 Plate Renault Megane R.S.1.8 280 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth systemDoor/boot open warning light
Drive mode selectorEco mode
Exterior temperature gaugeMulti function trip computer
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android autoTFT display screen
Variable PAS 

Entertainment

Aux-in socketDAB Digital radio
USB socket 

Exterior Features

Black door mirrorsBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesCentre Exhaust Tailpipe
Chrome window surroundElectric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electrochrome rear view mirrorExtended front and rear wheel arches
Extra tinted glass in rear windows and tailgateFront and rear towing rings
Gunmetal lower front bumper insertHeated rear windscreen
Honeycomb front grilleIntegrated fuel filler cap
LED daytime running lightsLED front fog lights with cornering light function
LED HeadlightsLED tail lights
Power front and rear windowsRain and light sensors
Rear diffuserRear spoiler
Side sillsSide skirts

Interior Features

1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats12V socket in front and rear
3 height adjustable rear headrests3 seat rear bench
Air recirculation systemAluminium pedals and footrest
Ambient lightingBlack headlining
Centre console with cupholdersDriver's seat with lumbar adjustment
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustmentDual zone climate control
Front centre armrest with storageHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Interior courtesy light operated by all doorsIsofix system on outer rear seats
Leather gear knobPassenger sunvisor with illuminated vanity mirror
Pollen filterSports seats
Welcome lighting 

Safety

ABS/EBDDriver/passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags
Emergency brake assistESP + ASR traction control + CSV understeer control
Front and rear curtain airbagsFront and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
Front lateral airbagsFront side airbags
Height adjustable front seatbeltsHill start assist
Passenger airbag deactivation systemSeatbelt warning
Three 3 point rear seatbeltsTyre pressure monitor

Security

Anti-drill door locks/ignition barrelHands free Renault card
Insurance approved Cat 1 alarm systemInsurance Approved Immobiliser
RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device)Superlocking
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)161Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1798Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Cylinders - Bore (mm)79.7
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)90.1Engine CodeM5P
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryDIRECT INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)39.7EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)47EC Urban (mpg)31

General

Badge Engine CC1.8Badge Power280
Coin Description280Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0735E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)5.8Engine Power - BHP280
Engine Power - KW205Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT288
Engine Torque - MKG39.8Engine Torque - NM390
Engine Torque - RPM4800Top Speed158

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front235/40 R18Tyre Size Rear235/40 R18
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleESTORIL
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1445Length4372
Wheelbase2669Width1874
Width (including mirrors)2058 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1905
Max. Loading Weight498Max. Roof Load80
Minimum Kerbweight1407No. of Seats5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Renault Megane R.S.

Renault's fastest Megane delivers thrills that are as big as ever. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Renault continues to retain its place amongst the hot hatchback elite with this revitalised Megane R.S. The headlines include the addition of a 4Control 4-wheel steering system, plus a more powerful 1.8-litre engine putting out at least 280bhp. There's a five-door bodystyle this time round and you can now get paddleshift auto transmission if you want it too. As before, standard 'Sport' and uprated 'Cup' chassis options present buyers with an interesting choice.

Background

We British love our hot hatchbacks. While other European nations are left cold by the prospect of a compact family car that could make a Ferrari look silly on a race circuit and reach licence confiscation territory a matter of seconds after idling at the traffic lights, UK buyers go crazy for anything with the right mix of letters like G, T, R, V and S in its title. Renault has capitalised on this fascination better that almost any other manufacturer in recent years, its Dieppe factory churning out a whole series of Renaultsport models which have hopped across the Channel to beguile the UK's enthusiasts. This third generation Megane Renaultsport is the latest in that line. Most class-leading hot hatches - Golfs, Focuses and so on - are great because they build on the established dynamic excellence imbued into the standard models upon which they are based. In contrast, for all its many virtues, an ordinary Renault Megane would, you'd think, never be a car likely to sire something sensational. Yet with this Megane R.S. the Dieppe division engineers claim to have managed to deliver just that. Have they worked their magic once more? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Much has changed here and it's all still brilliant. Under the bonnet, the world's most powerful 1.8-litre engine delivers 280hp and 390Nm of torque. You can also talk to your dealer about a top 'Trophy' version with 300bhp. Either way, you'll be able to get all that grunt onto the tarmac a little more easily this time round thanks to standard '4CONTROL' four-wheel steering that aims to ensure stability at high speeds and agility at low speeds. At high speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in the same direction, limited to a one degree angle for the rear wheels. At low speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions up to a maximum angle of 2.7 degrees. The ride's improved too, thanks to all round hydraulic bump stops that also enable optimum control of tyre-ground contact. In the manual model, 62mph from rest takes 5.8s en route to a 158mph maximum. What else? Well the option of an Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) auto gearbox is available for the first time, alongside a manual transmission. And two different types of chassis are on offer - 'Sport' or 'Cup'. The Sport chassis provides easy sporty driving, whilst the Cup chassis offers greater, more focused performance for track and fast road use. If you favour the 'Cup' variant, you're the kind of buyer who'll probably be interested in the 'S. Monitor Expert' system that allows drivers to film their track sessions and overlay telemetry data to create augmented reality videos that can later be analysed on a provided 'R.S. Replay' website.

Design and Build

Some previous Renaultsport products have looked rather Max Power, a boy racer image that customers with around £30,000 to spend would generally rather avoid. Hence a look that's classier than anything the French brand has yet provided to the hot hatch market. There's a single five-door bodystyle, though with enough styling changes to make it feel a very different product, both inside and out. In your driveway, it'll certainly appear purposeful. The front bumper incorporates a Formula 1-style blade, a wide air intake and a diamond-patterned front grille. At the side, extractor vents are located behind the front wheels. And at the back, there's an aggressive lip spoiler with body-colour vertical mountings designed to generate greater downforce. Plus there's a rear bumper incorporating a centrally-positioned exhaust pipe and a working diffuser designed to negate lift at higher speeds. At the wheel, the driving position is brilliant, aided by the fact that you can position the seat nice and low. There are sports front seats with integrated head rests, as part of a predominantly charcoal grey cockpit with red top-stitching. Buyers get a choice of two upholsteries ('carbon fibre weave' or Alcantara) and a bespoke aluminium pedal and gear lever.

Market and Model

The core decision that all Megane R.S. buyers must take is whether to go for the standard 'Sport' chassis or the firmer, more focused 'Cup' set-up - which costs a little more. If you want to go even further, there's also a top 'Trophy' version with 300hp. 'Sport' model prices start from around £27,500. Add £1,700 more for EDC paddleshift auto transmission. The 'Cup Chassis Pack' costs £1,500 more. Ultimately, it'll be a matter of taste depending on how eager the individual customer is to extract the most from the car's engine and handling package. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard and so does ESP stability control which can be completely disabled at the touch of a button should owners feel like exploring the car's limits of grip. A paddleshift EDC auto transmission is optional and includes a 'Launch Control' mode for optimised getaways. Standard kit across the range includes the brand's new 'R.S. Vision' lighting system and a 'Multi-Sense' driving modes system with 'Sport' and 'Race' settings that can be accessed by a shortcut 'R.S.' button. Also standard is the '4Control' 4-wheel steering system, a special 'PerfoHub independent steering axis front suspension system and a Torsen limited slip differential, all these things combining to improve cornering. Plus you get powerful 355mm front brake discs with Brembo calipers.

Cost of Ownership

This Megane R.S. is actually more efficient than you might expect. The car can return 39.7mpg on the combined cycle and will emit 161g/km CO2 in manual form (11% better than before) which will make it reasonably affordable to run. For the alternative EDC auto variant, the figures are 40.9mpg and 155g/km. Another aspect of purchase that should please you lies in the fact that you won't be fobbed off with the basic three year / 60,000 mile warranty that most rivals offer. All Meganes come with a much more complete four-year / 100,000-mile warranty that includes emergency breakdown recovery. There's also three years' worth of European cover as part of this package.

Summary

Renaultsport may be a division of the Renault group, but the cars it produces are so different - and so much more rewarding - than their standard counterparts that they could be from another maker entirely. Which is refreshing in an age where so many brands' idea of creating a hot hatch is to plumb-in a bigger engine, bolt-on a bodykit and jack-up the price. Bottom line with this improved Megane is that for the price of a hot hatch, you get a super shopping rocket, unafraid of the fastest GTi's out there, even if they do cost up to £8,000 more. Plus all of those cars are essentially compromises between track-ready handling and roadgoing usability: with its 'Sport' and 'Cup' model options, this RS doesn't have to be. Either way, it's brilliant fun - and that's what a car like this really should be all about.

Performance
80%
Handling
90%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
80%
Equipment
80%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£349
Deposit£349
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate2.52%
Cash price£26,998
Credit amount£25,748
Guaranteed future value£12,804
Total amount payable£29,905
Contract mileage24,000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
Representative APR4.9%
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