Renault Megane Coupe Renaultsport 265 Cup Road Test (2013)

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

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Personally I would buy the Cup and add a few options, such as the Bi-Xenon directional headlights for £750, (which if you drive a lot at night are a must) and the Recaro seats with Carbon grey cloth and synthetic leather (£1300).

Comfort and Refinement

The interior is well put together if not a little spartan but it works well with carbon fibre styling and aluminium pedals.  Not too sure about the yellow seat belts but they match the seat pattern and obviously reflect Renault’s sporting heritage.

There are not too many thrills bar the performance, you do get air conditioning and a Radio CD MP3 with fingertip controls but that is about it.

Well you do get the Cup chassis with limited slip differential, lower ride height, stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bar, grooved discs, red callipers and satin black   wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres, eight airbags – auto-adaptive driver and passenger, lateral airbags, curtain airbags and anti-submarining front seat airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, Renaultsport dynamic management, rake- and reach-adjustable steering column, leather steering wheel and gear knob, Renaultsport front seats with two-tone grey upholstery, split-folding rear seats, multi-function trip computer, cruise control with speed limiter, RDS MP3-compatible CD player with fingertip control, Bluetooth and RCA connection ,Thatcham category 1 alarm system, drilled aluminium pedal facings, RAID (Renault Anti Intruder Device) which automatically locks the doors over 5 mph, gloss black finish to the door mirror casings, rear diffuser and the centre section of the front bumper, rear parking sensors, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, Renault key card, ISOFIX child seat mountings, LED daytime running lights and see me home’ headlamps.

I guess if you are after equipment you may be better off looking at the more expensive non-cup edition (£26,040 compared to the £24,840 265 Cup) which adds some of the goodies, minus the Cup chassis which is an additional £1,350.00.

The more expensive Megane Renaultsport 265 gains automatic dual-zone climate control and Renault Hands Free Keycard for door opening/closing, leather upholstery in carbon grey, heated front seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, automatic operation of the headlights and wipers, extra tinted tailgate and rear side windows, tyre pressure monitor and an electrochrome rear view mirror.

Personally I would buy the Cup and add a few options, such as the Bi-Xenon directional headlights for £750, (which if you drive a lot at night are a must) and the Recaro seats with Carbon grey cloth and synthetic leather (£1300).

Safety and Security

The new Renault Megane Coupe has yet to be tested by Euro NCAP so we do not have any data as of yet but as Renault used the findings of LAB (Accident Analysis, Biomechanics and Human Behaviour Laboratory of Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroën) which is amongst the best in the business we would expect the Coupe to score as highly as the old Megane.

You get eight airbags – with auto-adaptive driver and passenger, lateral airbags, curtain airbags and anti-submarining front seat airbags (the anti-submarining airbags are not fitted to the optional Recaro Renaultsport seats as with our test car). Plus there is ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, ESC, ASR traction control and emergency brake assist.

There is a Thatcham category 1 alarm system, Thatcham category 2 insurance approved engine immobiliser and RAID (Renault Anti Intruder Device) which automatically locks the doors over 5 mph. All versions of the Megane Renaultsport are in group 36E for the ABI insurance rating.

Infotainment

To be honest I cannot even remember switching on the 4 x 20w Radio CD MP3 with fingertip controls and Bluetooth, I was too busy enjoying myself. Well OK I did eventually, and it is a little bit limp but I prefer to hear what I am doing I will forgive Renault in exchange for the engine and exhaust note in ‘sport’ mode.

You can upgrade the system and add satellite navigation should you wish, i.e. Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation system with joystick control and UK mapping costs an extra £500.

Rivals
  • Ford Focus ST
  • Mazda3 MPS
  • Volkswagen Golf GTi
What We Liked
  • Pretty Much Everything – the engine, handling and performance
What We Disliked
  • A little expensive, but so what, you only live once
What We Would Like To See
  • We like it exactly the way it is
Conclusion

The Renault Megane Coupe Renaultsport 265 Cup is not a cheap car but it is a great car, and that is what matters. In our opinion the 265 Cup is a little short on the equipment front but adding superfluous equipment would not add to the performance. Although I would probably have added Bi-Xenon directional headlights as a £750 option as the standard lights aren’t too hot. It is good to see that Renault protect the 265 Cup with a four year/100,000 mile warranty.

Is the Megane Coupe Renaultsport 265 Cup the best hatchback money can buy, in our opinion yes it is!

7 February 2013 Melanie Carter
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Renault Megane Road Test Data
Model ReviewedRenault Megane Coupe Renaultsport 265 Cup
  
Body Type3-door Hatchback
ColourOyster Grey
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph6.0 Seconds
Top Speed 158 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypePetrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban28.8 mpg
Extra Urban45.6 mpg
Combined37.7 mpg
  
Insurance Group36
Euro NCAP Ratingtba
Warranty4 Years / 100,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 07/02/13)£28,840

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