Renault Mégane RS review – capable of toppling the Civic Type R? - MPG and running costs

It might not drive like the other Renault Sport Méganes we’ve known and loved, but this version is still mightily impressive

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from £27,495
  • Massive grip, incredible composure and eerily impressive agility
  • Dual-clutch gearbox is frustrating compared to manual transmission, not the level of involvement we’ve come to expect from a Renault Sport car

MPG and running costs

Officially the Mégane RS is capable of achieving over 40mpg on a combined cycle; with the dual-clutch transmission the certified figure is 40.9mpg. The manual car isn’t quite as impressive and doesn’t quite break the 40mpg mark, achieving 39.8mpg.

However, as is often the case, these figures aren’t easily achievable in the real world. During its time with us, including a range of motorway journeys and spirited B-road blasts – just the sort of driving you’d expect a modern hot hatch to excel at and get used for frequently – the Mégane RS achieved 33.4mpg. Maybe not as good as Renault’s claimed results, but a respectable figure, nonetheless.

The regular Mégane RS, with 18-inch wheels, comes with 235/40 18 Continental Sport Contact 3 tyres that are around £130 each. The Cup model, with the bigger 19-inch wheels, comes on more aggressive 245/35 19 Bridgestone Potenza S001s. As you might expect, these are a little more expensive, at around £180 each.

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