You will have read in a previous issue of Motor News about the forthcoming froth-at-the-mouth Renault Megane RS, which looks promising as it will be made available only in five-door form. It essentially builds on the essentials of the Megane GT, which is just a rung below and is an everyday performance hatch with just the right amount of power and sportiness and a comfortable disposition. Slipping into those form-hugging seats after a long day has a soothing, almost therapeutic, feeling. It is like those trusty shoes you hope you can wear to every event. We have spent considerable time behind the wheel of our team’s long-term Megane GT and things are still ticking over quite nicely. We have also found a way of circumventing the horrendous lurching of the gearbox during peak-hour, first-gear lugging situations. The trick is to get the wheels rolling and then come off the throttle once the engine starts ticking over the 1,200r/min mark, instead of any throttle inputs. The result is th...

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