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Renault Mégane RS review – capable of toppling the Civic Type R? - Interior and tech

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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  • 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

Interior and tech

There’s clearly been an attempt by Renault to make the Mégane’s interior feel more high-end than previous versions. And, to an extent, it’s succeeded. The minimal design with its big central portrait touchscreen makes it look luxurious. There’s also an array of soft, padded materials that feel upmarket, too. However, the finish lets the interior down slightly. Being able to feel the rough edges, sharp cuts and moulding marks of some of the plastics and the occasional wobble of a button undermines the sophisticated design and plush-feeling materials.

Although the lack of buttons makes for an appealing-looking interior, it does mean that changing the air con temperature, radio volume or satnav zoom is not simply a quick twist or prod of a button or knob. Instead you have to go through a laborious sequence of repeatedly trying to slide panels on the screen up and out to reveal the controls to finally achieve what you want.

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