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2004 Renault Megane Sport review

This is a bit of a strange one for me. I've never truly 'got' hot hatches. I've grown up never being fond of front-wheel drive or finding myself needing a large boot and the whole recipe was one that I could appreciate but never really desired. Then, enter COVID-19...

2014 Renault Megane RS265 Trophy+ review

I bought my RS265 because I’ve always been a fan of the former King of the ‘Ring. Coming from a much-loved 2005 Megane II Dynamique manual, I wanted something newer and with more go. In saying that, I also wanted something with some of the thoughtful touches that the older Megane was so well known for – such as the capless fuel filler or the under-floor storage compartments...

1969 Renault 16 TS review

It’s summer 1984. I set out from Oakleigh on my bicycle on my way to the Department of Anatomy, Monash University, where I’m doing my honours degree in Science, looking at neural plasticity in the avian visual system, of all things. About ten minutes into my trip, half way there, Melbourne’s famous weather kicks in, and I get absolutely soaked in a sudden downpour...

2005 Renault Megane Dynamique LX review

One fine, sunny day many years ago, my wife said to me "I think we should get a convertible. I'd look good in a convertible". At the time we were a young couple with a 20-month old toddler. While most people in that bracket go looking for a wagon or an SUV, we brought home our first drop-head - a 1991 Ford Capri Verde...

2017 Renault Trafic LWB Crew Review

Hi world! It was a couple months from the end of my lease, and I was needing an update for my work car. So with the end of my lease approaching, I started looking and dreaming. The work vehicle had to be robust, safe, fun to drive, comfortable and reliable. I have had four-wheel drive dual-cab utes for the last two leases (a Holden Colorado and a Mazda BT50) but I was growing sick of the sore back and rough lumpy ride out on country roads...

2018 Renault Trafic LWB Crew Lifestyle review

I've owned several vans over the years, as I've worked in the building trade most of my life, and because of this occupation, you get yourself into many different predicaments on a daily basis. I had an older model Mercedes Vito 112CDI – that was very good but ended up with too many kays. I've had two Hyundais which I had nothing but trouble with, but were very comfortable inside...

2006 Renault Clio Sport Cup review

Note: I owned this car for two years, from 2007 to 2009. “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – L.P. Hartley, The Go Between Human memory is a peculiar thing. The more time that passes after a particular chapter of life ends, the less linear the narrative seems to be, every time you try to revisit that chapter...

2003 Renault Clio Expression Verve review

Six and a bit years ago, I needed a cheap temporary car, and after a few too many drinks one night and an online auction, I became the new owner of a nine-year-old Renault Clio with 143,000km. It came time to say goodbye at just after 260,000km when a long trip overseas came calling, the list of things that would need doing in the future came to $1800, and the registration was due...

2011 Renault Megane RS 250 Monaco GP review

Renault has had a longstanding history with building hot hatches that are at the forefront of affordable front-wheel-drive performance cars. Some of the most impressive and insane hot-hatch hardware has come from this little factory in Dieppe (I’m pointing at you, Renault Clio Sport V6!)...

2015 Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R review

I've always been a fan of the Megane Coupe, and in 2016 I was able to purchase one from Adelaide, then drive it home carefully in the rain back to Melbourne (Semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres). I wasn't disappointed and have covered 8000km trouble-free since. This is basically a stripped-out Megane RS275 with BTC specs...

2015 Renault Megane GT 220 Premium review

I was looking for a sports wagon with space for some luggage and a bike in the back for weekend getaways, and fun to drive (aka some performance capabilities), coming from an Alfa Romeo 147 GTA that became too small (but what an engine). The proposition would be under $41K, and I shortlisted the Skoda Octavia RS wagon, the Renault Megane GT 220 and the Golf Wagon R, which ended up being out of the price range...