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Battle Of Hot Hatches: Volkswagen Golf GTI Vs Honda Civic Type R Vs The Renault Megane Trophy @ Top Speed

The Megane Has The Smallest Engine, But The Highest Torque Output



The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged mill that churns out 300 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque.

It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that routes power to the front wheels. It features a front diff and launch control, too.

The Renault Sport Megane Trophy comes with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 300 ponies and 310 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also comes with a front differential.

Battle of Hot Hatches: Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Honda Civic Type R vs The Renault Megane Trophy
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Finally, the Honda Civic Type-R limited edition features a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged mill like its German counterpart, but makes 320 horses and 295 pound-feet of twist. Here, power is routed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Just like the other two, the Civic Type-R also comes with a diff on the front axle.

The Megane weighs 3,016 pounds, making it 22 pounds heavier than the 2,994-pound Civic Type-R, but 205 pounds lighter than the 3,221-pound Golf GTI.

The Golf GTI, Even In The Front-Wheel-Drive Configuration, Is Quite Quick!

Battle of Hot Hatches: Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Honda Civic Type R vs The Renault Megane Trophy
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The cars go head-to-head in a couple of drag and rolling races, and a brake test. In the first race, the Megane got a great start off the line, but the Golf GTI took lead within a few seconds. The Civic Type-R, on the other hand, had a horrible start as the wheels started spinning in the second gear, but it got quite close to the Megane by the end. In the second race, all the cars got good starts, but the result was the same. The only difference was the Civic wasn’t able to close in on the gap with the Megane and lost by a fairly big margin (as per the drag strip standards).

In the rolling race, the cars started at 50 mph in comfort settings. The Civic Type-R, being a manual, was slot in the fourth gear before the kickdown. Surprisingly, the Civic got the lead and left the Golf and the Megane in the dust. The Golf soon caught up and overtook the Megane, but in the end, the Civic finished the race first.

Battle of Hot Hatches: Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Honda Civic Type R vs The Renault Megane Trophy
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The second rolling race had the cars starting from 50 mph in third gear and their sportiest settings. This time, too, the Megane came third, but the first two positions were swapped as the German took the win and the Japanese the runners-up position. Then there was the brake test from 70 mph that saw the Megane just float away on the damp surface, while the Civic stopped ahead just by the nose, thus giving another victory to the Golf.

The Megane might have lost every race here, but would you consider buying it over the Civic Type-R and the Golf GTI as your daily driver? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.


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