Renault Megane Coupe Renaultsport 265 Cup Review (2013)

Renault Megane Coupe Renaultsport 265 Cup (Side View) (2013)
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Renault Megane Review

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The LSD certainly helps to tame the front-wheel drive 265 Cup, especially in the wet with minimal torque steer evident; it makes for interesting cornering upon exit.

Ride and Handling

Being a 265 Cup our test car was fitted with the Cup chassis (it is an option (£1,350 option) on the Renaultsport 265) which includes a limited slip differential, alloy wheels - 18” ‘Tibor’ in matt black fitted with 235/40 R18 95Y Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres, grooved brake discs with red brake callipers and stiffer springs / dampers / anti-roll bars.

Our test car was fitted with 19” ‘Steev’ Speedline wheels in gloss black / red rim with 235/35 R19 95Y Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres.

Some journalists have criticised the Cup’s ride but I loved it and if comfort is your priority you are not going to even think about owning a Megane Coupe Renaultsport 265 Cup, if you want involvement - involvement is what you get. Although I would say through the 19” 235/35 profile tyres you do feel everything but it pays dividends in handling, remaining very flat and neutral, even in the harshest of bends.

The LSD certainly helps to tame the front-wheel drive 265 Cup, especially in the wet with minimal torque steer evident; it makes for interesting cornering upon exit.

The car features electrically assisted power steering which when fitted to some cars, does not quite work, offering santised feedback but on the 265 Cup Renault has done wonders – it feels just right.

The brakes are also impressive - 340mm ventilated front disc brakes with Brembo four-pot callipers and 290mm discs to the rear. With the Cup chassis, these discs are also grooved.

In summary this currently makes the Renaultsport 265 Cup about the best hot hatch you can buy – simply find your favourite ‘B’ road and explore it.

Ease of Use

The Megane Coupe Renaultsport 265 Cup has a footprint of 4299mm (l) x 1848mm (w) x 1435mm (h) which compares to the new VW Golf which is 4255mm (l) x 1799 mm (w) x 1452 mm (h).

Getting in and out of the 265 Cup is fairly easy, bearing in mind that it is a 3-door the front-doors open very wide, but getting into the rear is better suited to nimble children than adults.

Our test car was fitted with the optional Recaro seats with carbon grey cloth and synthetic leather upholstery (£1,300) which are accommodating, even with for those with larger posteriors, although the sides are very hard they are more comfortable than you would imagine.

All round vision is hampered a little by the high seating position, but of course this is subjective. Over shoulder vision can be difficult as the Recaro seats are hard and not at all forgiving when reversing. The mirrors are not great but you do get rear parking sensors.

We found the switchgear a little bit on the small size and initially difficult to locate, but as with most cars you get used to the functionality and location of the switches.

The boot will accommodate 344 litres with the rear-seats up and 991 litres with them down, this compares to a Golf which can swallow 380 litres and 1270 litres with the seats down. Top marks for Renault for thinking about left and right-handed people with both a left and right handle to lower the boot but the cill is not quite high enough, and I’m not too sure how easy it would be to get golf clubs or a pram into the boot.

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