Renault Mégane RS review – MPG and running costs

Fuel consumption has taken a big dive post-WLTP and running costs are class-appropriate

Evo rating
Price
from £27,495
  • Willing and enthusiastic engine; EDC transmission not the weak link it could have been
  • Still lacks that last ounce of cohesion and engagement; feels like Renault’s moved on symbolically

How times change. When the RS was launched back in 2017, prior to WLTP it was officially rated at over 40mpg on a combined cycle, with the dual-clutch transmission certified at 40.9mpg. On the new cycle, however, this figure has dropped way down to 28-29mpg, which is admittedly far more representative to real-world figures.

This is lower on paper than many rivals, but few concessions have been made in the pursuit of inflating that figure, and with only six ratios in the transmission and no obvious overdrive gear for motorway speeds it’s a compromise we’re willing to make.

The regular Mégane RS, with 18-inch wheels, comes with 235/40/18 ContiSportContact 3 tyres that are around £130 each. The Trophy 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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