I am definitely no car reviewer but I’ll give it a go!
Meg 3 275
Very firm ride (which I loved but some passengers complained)
3 door so quite tight in the back
Loved the alcantara touches but some parts of the cabin were fairly basic and felt cheap
Sound was fantastic - spitting and popping through the akrapovic exhaust
Feels like a car that you have to drive and the more you drive it the more reward it gave you.
I found the handling to be sharp and accurate. Despite some of the reviews I read I found the clutch and gearbox easy to live with, I have only ever driven manuals though
Personally I thought it was a very good looking car
Boot space was deceptively good - better then the golf R
Technology lacking with no heated seats, lane departure, apple play, etc. Again for what I wants in a car I didn’t miss any of these things but when you compare with other cars in the price range...
Very fast and absolutely sticks to the road.
Everything about the car is excellent - but here lies the problem. It does everything for you - floor the accelerator and it will work out how to put the power down going through the gears with computerised skill. Point it into a corner and it will grip and hold. All four wheels working to propel you forward or around a corner - but it’s all done for you. It’s so refined it’s almost boring
Very versatile - could drive it like a race car or put the parents in the back and take a drive to Berry in comfort mode
Had to work hard to get any decent sound from the car
Only had it a week!
So far I have driven it back from Melbourne in a dealer permit and sorted all the registration out Friday. Took it out this morning. Already I find it more engaging then the Golf but definitely not as quick. Few times I have not got the power right on launched and the front has struggled to get the power down. I am getting better though and should have this sorted - mainly driver error at this point.
Don’t like everything controlled through r-link - bugs me that I have to constantly mess with it switching from AC controls to map to whatever else - feels like to much is going through it now.
Glad I went for the Cup - I want a car that makes me smile and this does. Again still getting use to what you can do but on the twisties it’s been fantastic. Suspension is super firm but no more then what I remember from the 275.
Love having a soundtrack back!
Hand break is slightly awkward - feels a little high but for me this is out weighed by having a hand brake back!
Loving the gear box - again I read a review that talked to it being “clunky” but I love the solid feel of the gears clicking into place
Overall it all comes down to what you want. The Golf is a fantastic car - it really does everything. Put the parents in the back and set it to normal and you have a well behaved hatch with a lot of poke should you want it. Take it out on your own and set it to race and away you go - however, for me to much is done for you.
The Megane’s are harder to live with in respect to their set up but this is only a problem if you bought one without doing your research! I also found that the Renault has a certain following that understands that - whether it was a 265, 275 etc you always get a knowing nod when you bump into a fellow owner. Golf’s, if you include the GTI, seem to be everywhere and most seem to be driven by car owners rather then car enthusiasts.