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2012 Renault Clio RS Angel And Demon review

It's a cool Saturday morning. Before setting off on a spirited drive, it is widely recommended to allow the machine to warm itself up before hitting the road. I climb into the driver's seat awkwardly as I try to limit contact with the immaculate right side bolsters. While my right foot is on the middle pedal, I trigger the engine start procedure from the centre console...

2018 Renault Koleos Life X-tronic (4x2) review

So, before I start off this review I will admit this is a courtesy car while my own car is in for repairs. We have put about 800km on the clock, with mixed-use driving. I was pretty excited to get handed the keys to a practically brand new car, so after signing the forms and saying bye to my car for a little bit, I jumped into the 2018 Koleos...

2005 Renault Clio Sport Cup F1 Team Ed review

The year was 2005 and I stood scruffy-haired, fresh license in hand, starting to ponder what first car I would get. Unfortunately, reality hit like a freight train and I soon realised that the hot hatches I had been seeing on TV and around town would be out of reach, mainly due to the price of insurance (in the UK at the time)...

2010 Renault Clio RS 200 Gordini Edition review

Nature or nurture? I come from a family of decidedly motoring non-enthusiasts, but have been mad about cars and anything mechanical since before I could speak. My father recounts with a great deal of humour how I would jump up in the back seat of the HQ as a two-year old and point at cars and make all sorts of excited noises when I saw a car I liked...

2005 Renault Clio Sport Cup review

In a time when cars are becoming more and more anaesthetic and more insulated, technology and numbers on paper seem to dominate what a buyer looks for a car. Once upon a time it was how it made the driver feel, how nice the gearshift was and how engaging it was to punt around. Oh, how times have changed...

2015 Renault Megane RS 265 CUP review

It’s not really a family car, is it? This is the question that generally gets posed to me when people see my 2014 Renault Megane RS 265 for the first time. When I say “question”, it feels more like an accusation rather than a genuine query. Some people don’t see a car, they see a mid-life crisis...

2014 Renault Megane RS 265 Cup Premium review

This might be biased, as I am still well and truly in the honeymoon period with my recent purchase (a month ago). I have wanted a Renault Megane RS for about five years, but kept being responsible and putting it off to prioritise dollars for the family in other areas of life. Recent changes in circumstances have allowed me to take the plunge and become an owner...

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...