Is there anything interesting about its design?
The French know a thing or two about design, and the Megane GT is, in our humble opinion, the hands-down segment leader in the looks department.
It might not be the fastest in the hot-hatch world, but it looks the fastest, thanks to a low-and-wide design that looks ready to slice smoothly through the future every time you plant your right foot. The two-tier and 3D-effect grille is a particular standout, as are the mammoth headlights and rippled bonnet, all of which combine to give the Megane just a hint of thuggery when viewed from the front.
Inside, the GT's cabin feels performance focussed, helped by the sculpted sports seats, thick leather-wrapped wheel and two of the biggest wheel-mounted paddle shifters you're ever likely to encounter. There's adjustable ambient strip-lighting installed in the doors, and ribbons of blue line the dash and the seats, too. Put the performance potential to one side, though, and its a solid, quality-feeling space, let down slightly by the use of some razor-sharp plastics in the more out-of-the-way places.
Most disappointing, though, is that our favourite element - a massive 8.7-inch touchscreen that's fitted portrait-style and absolutely dominates the dash - is a cost option, and arrives part of a $1990 pack that also adds a better stereo and LED headlights.