Here's why the Mégane R.S 300 Trophy is better than a Golf R
The hyper-hatch race is now more fierce than ever with most manufacturers offering something. The Golf R is the king, but is it about to be dethroned?
I love the Golf R, the understated design with great performance makes it a superb allrounder. Living with one for a week I came to the summary that I didn't think you could get better, however a couple of weeks ago Renault gave me the keys to the 2019 Mégane R.S 300 Trophy... and now I'm pretty sure I've found a Golf R replacement.
The Mégane is powered by a 1.8 4 cylinder petrol engine which produces 300bhp/400Nm, meaning it can get to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and top out at a whopping 162mph. Whilst 1 second slower than the Golf R to 62, considering it's front wheel drive... that's pretty good going.
What a front end, sporty and beautiful...
It will rearrange your face for you
Once moving, the Mégane has '4Control' 4 wheel steering which makes turn in possibilities you've only dreamt of before a reality. When throwing it around corners you very occasionally get a hint of understeer until it hooks, however once it's hooked to the tarmac you feel grip enough to alter your appearance. The cornering performance is simply blissful, thanks to a trick diff you can plant it mid corner and actually just hold on for dear life.
The gearbox has a lovely throw whilst the clutch offers a decent amount of 'what's going on', steering wise it's extremely precise and the brakes have the nicest feel of any hot hatch I've driven to date. From the driving perspective, it's brilliant and engaging letting you know exactly what the car is doing at all times.
Simple, but you know what you're getting. The Bose is insane too!
Inside you get a mix of performance and... Renault!
Stepping inside you could be a little mistaken that you've just got into hyper hatch. The outside is shouty and demanding, the inside is refined and if anything... a little standard Mégane in comparison to the exterior. Don't for one second think it's terrible though, it's just a basic interior with bits of carbon here or there to let you know you're driving something different to a bog standard Mégane.
The steering wheel and seats are what tell you that you're about to have the drive of your life, as the seating comfort and hold is like a racing car. Whilst I'd love to see a fully alcantara steering wheel, the half and half works well - the centre line also helps so you can keep your eyes on the road. The Recaro seats are an option, but an essential option. They hold you firmly in place, are stupidly comfortable, can fit all body types and also add to the interior to make it something a bit more special. Infotainment wise it's just like the standard system in the Renault range - and the Bose sound system sounds extra lovely, another essential option.
Another entry for #rearoftheyear - hubba hubba!
The exterior shouts performance from 100 metres
Sometimes manufacturers, in the pursuit of making a car look sporty, end up making it look like it's been crashed in to Halfords. Fortunately Renault know better than that, thanks to their superb styling department the Mégane has ended up looking like a sexy hyper hatch... which is what it is really.
The front is defined, plenty of running lines - the side throws aero in the equation and carries some of the lines from the front to the back - oh... the back... all I'm going to say is defusers. I love seeing aero being used in not just a practical way, the style the rear aero adds to the Mégane is just beautiful. The alloys finish off the exterior, red accents make what could be a 'boring' wheel... suddenly interesting.
Beautifully designed, the spokes flow effortlessly - the red indents finish it off...
It's better than a Golf R in so many ways
There are so many ways in which the Mégane is better than the Golf, so I'm going to list only a few. 1. The cornering performance is equal, but the return from the wheel is considerably more. You actually feel what's going on 100% of the time. 2. The drive is so engaging, you'll wonder what you've been missing out on all of these years! 3. Seating wise, the Recaro seats don't let you slip out in harder corners (no matter your size) - one of my main complaints about the Golf was my fat-ass falling out of the seats (#awkward). 4. The styling is shouty, it looks as expensive as it is - this is what a hyper hatch should look like as standard!
It's also not as good as a Golf R in so many ways
1. Daily ride comfort is seriously good in a Golf R, even on the worst pothole ridden UK roads I was comfortable. The Mégane is unforgiving, whilst letting you know everything that's going on it would be tedious as a daily driver 2. The Golf R won't bring as much attention to you as the Mégane, in a world of car thieves and over zealous police flying under the radar isn't always a bad thing. There's nothing worse than being pulled over for 'speeding' when you were doing 10mph under the limit just because you looked like you were going fast. 3. The Golf is an every day type of car, even in the snow you'll easily be out and about thanks to the 4MOTION system. If you plan on driving the Mégane through a snow storm... you're going to need literal balls of steel.
FML - not like you know. Rather, For Motorsport Lovers - didn't think of that, did ya', Renault!
"You've just contradicted your own headline you useless journalist!"
Hear me out before you troll me, as the title isn't #fakenews. The Mégane is better than the Golf R if you want something to generally drive daily, are happy with an extremely engaging drive 24/7, like to stand out from the crowd and have balls of steel for winter driving. However, if you want something easy to drive which can do almost anything at any time of year which requires less input and you don't want as much response... then the Golf R is for you.
Each car is specific to their own ownership group, however I would have the Mégane R.S 300 Trophy every day of the week. I'm for an engaging drive, I'm for sketchy back roads in the winter, I'm for standing out from the crowd.