Renault Megane RS hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Renault Megane RS' running costs are on par with those of its hot-hatch rivals
Is your glass half-full? If so, you'll see the Megane RS as a sports car with exceptionally low running costs. Others, though, will frown at the thought of no more than 40.9mpg from a family hatchback. While routine servicing costs are reasonable, bear in mind that frequent fast driving will take its toll and consumables can be pricey. The RS is a little less expensive to buy than some rivals, though.
Renault Megane RS MPG & CO2
The Megane RS is claimed to return 38.2mpg when fitted with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox or 35.8mpg for manual cars. The official CO2 emissions figure is 169g/km for the automatic, so a company-car driver will be liable for a higher Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate. It's worth noting that the manual emits more CO2 – the 181g/km figure brings a top 37% BiK rate.
As you'd expect, these figures worsen for the Trophy, though you'll probably hardly notice the difference, with fuel economy of 35.3mpg and 36.7mpg for the manual and automatic respectively. Emissions of 176g/km do push the manual into an even higher BiK band, however. The Trophy-R is 130kg lighter but this is to improve performance not economy.
The RS will cost you £145 a year. The Trophy-R is subject to an additional £320 per year for the first five years, as cars costing over £40,000 are subject to an additional £320 per year for the first five years.
The Megane RS occupies insurance group 35, irrespective of whether a manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox is chosen. This compares with insurance group 40 for the Civic Type R and group 33 for the Golf GTI. The even more powerful Megane RS Trophy and Trophy-R are rated in insurance groups 36 and 39 respectively.
The standard Megane needs a workshop visit annually or every 18,000 miles and it's expected the RS will follow the same regime. Renault offers a £299 ‘Easylife’ service plan scheme for new cars including the Megane RS. It covers servicing for three years or 30,000 miles servicing. Pay £499 and you get four years or 40,000 miles of coverage and £699 covers the car for four years or 60,000 miles.
Even if mileage-related oil changes and regular checks turn out to be inexpensive, a hard-driven Renaultsport will burden its owner with substantial bills for tyres, brakes and other consumable items – although this is true of any other hot hatch.
Every Megane is covered by a five-year/100,000 mile warranty, which also includes three years of roadside assistance. Renault increased the length of its standard warranty at the end of 2019 from three years and 60,000 miles, to compete with rivals like Hyundai and Toyota, that also provide five years of cover.