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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Rivals

Ford Focus ST (12-18)

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Ford Focus ST is often regarded as the softer version of the outrageously quick and preposterous RS. But this latest version, complete with a 246bhp 2.0-litre engine, is no shrinking violet and paves the way for an even more bonkers RS to come. Yes, this version is quick and yes, it handles fantastically well, but it’s equally at home pottering... read more

PROS

  • Excellent handling and performance
  • Solid interior
  • Plenty of safety kit

CONS

  • Dull steering
  • Not quite as good to drive as a Renaultsport Megane

Renaultsport models have built up a strong following in the UK among car enthusiasts and the Renaultsport Megane 250 is the most impressive to date. Part of its appeal is the option of a track-focused model using what Renault calls a 'cup chassis'. But customers can also choose a model with more luxury features as standard and a slightly softer... read more

PROS

  • Choice of honed 'cup chassis' model
  • Sharp handling
  • Good value
  • Quality feel

CONS

Volkswagen Golf R (14-16)

4 out of 5 4.0

If the prodigious GTI version simply isn’t enough for you, it’s time you meet its more muscular brother – step forward the Volkswagen Golf R.While not quite as much of an outright psychopath as the Mercedes A45 AMG, the Golf R doesn’t cost as much either. It’s also quite a lot faster on the road than offerings such as the Ford Focus ST, and comfier... read more

PROS

  • Very fast
  • Handles well
  • Sounds great
  • Smart interior

CONS

  • Excellent rivals
  • Less boot space than GTI
  • High list price

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