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Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1600
Engine size 1.5
Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1598
Engine size 2.0
Engine size 1332
The Renaultsport team in Dieppe followed up their first hot Megane model of 2003 with this second generation coupe model, launched in 2010 in 250hp guise, then later upgraded to the 265hp form we're going to look at here as a used buy. This car may be more affordable and less powerful than the ultimate hot hatch elite but it can take on any of them in a straight fight. There's even a version to suit you if you're not a hard-core enthusiast. Drive it though and you may well become one..
Renaultsport may be a division of the Renault group, but the cars it produces are so different - and so much more rewarding - than their standard counterparts that they could be from another maker entirely. Which is refreshing in an age where so many brands' idea of creating a hot hatch is to plumb-in a bigger engine, bolt-on a body kit and jack-up the price.
Bottom line with this MK2 model Megane R.S. 265 is that for the price of a hot hatch, you get a super shopping rocket, unafraid of the fastest GTi's out there, even if they do cost vastly more. Plus all of those cars are essentially compromises between track-ready handling and road going usability: with its 'Sport' and 'Cup' model options, this RS doesn't have to be. Either way, it's brilliant fun - and that's what a car like this really should be all about.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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