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Dan911

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2,415 posts

129 months

Friday 24th January 2014
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A good friend of mine is looking at 2 cars-

Nice spec Megane RS250 -v- Golf GTi (MK6)

It will be a daily drive with the odd trackday..

Megane will be 2011-2012 -v- the Golf a 2008-2009.

I have said the Megane is the better car (chassis ect..) but the Golf is put together better.

Any views?

redtwin

7,518 posts

103 months

Friday 24th January 2014
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I would go for the Golf. Haven't driven either of them, the Golf just looks better and is available with DSG.

It would have to be a 3 door though. 5 door hatchbacks are ugly.

chrissull

274 posts

62 months

Friday 24th January 2014
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My dad owns a Megane (Not RS, but still...)
Really well put together, he's not had a problem with it in the 18months he's had his.
Interior isn't a bad place to be either, no rattles.

If it was my money, i'd get the Megane.

Test driver

109 posts

45 months

Friday 24th January 2014
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Golf, maybe look at the r32 and the s3 too. A megane is a poor comparison.

aspirated

2,492 posts

67 months

Friday 24th January 2014
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If it was my money I'd wait a while until the Mk6 GTI Edition 35 falls into budget, which can't be long now. There's a few at around 18k at the moment
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NadiR

1,028 posts

68 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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I'd go for the RS250, with it being the more enjoyable hot hatch. If upping the budget to around £18k is possible, I'd give the Focus RS a serious look. More power/exclusive then the other 2, and it'll hold on to its value better.

Dan911

Original Poster:

2,415 posts

129 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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I think £15k is his max budget..

S3 and Focus RS, not thought of them. I will let him know.

David87

4,399 posts

133 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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Test driver said:
Golf, maybe look at the r32 and the s3 too. A megane is a poor comparison.
It may have a dashboard that's not as squishy, but the Renault will be a better drive than either of those two.

Hub

3,565 posts

119 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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For track days it would have to be the Megane, but for everything else the Golf. Tough decision!

Speedy300

181 posts

107 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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I have a Megane RS250, a cracking car.

It's faster than the golf, better looking, newer at your price and much rarer IMO.

The downside is that the megane only comes in coupe form and probably the reason why it wasn't a massive seller, but if this isn't a problem....

Dave Hedgehog

9,599 posts

125 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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Hub said:
For track days it would have to be the Megane, but for everything else the Golf. Tough decision!
depends on how you are going to use it, megane for a light use plaything, golf if your gonna spend a couple of hours every day in it

heisthegaffer

875 posts

119 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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Dave Hedgehog said:
depends on how you are going to use it, megane for a light use plaything, golf if your gonna spend a couple of hours every day in it
Did you find the Megane tiring or noisy for a couple of hours then? Was it really that different from the Golf?

the_stoat

360 posts

132 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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heisthegaffer said:
Did you find the Megane tiring or noisy for a couple of hours then? Was it really that different from the Golf?
I have the previous gen R26 Megane, it is really good for long distances and I would expect the new RS250 to be even better. Put it this way even with the R26-R titanium exhaust it is quieter and more comfortable than my friends 335i.


Dave Hedgehog

9,599 posts

125 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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heisthegaffer said:
Dave Hedgehog said:
depends on how you are going to use it, megane for a light use plaything, golf if your gonna spend a couple of hours every day in it
Did you find the Megane tiring or noisy for a couple of hours then? Was it really that different from the Golf?
just a general principal, more focused cars are generally harder to live with for extended periods, which is why many people took scoobies over evo's as daily drivers


JackReacher

1,097 posts

136 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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I'm a big fan of the golfs but if track work is involved it has to be the Megane.

richwig83

4,926 posts

59 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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What about a mk5 edition 30? Can be picked up for 10-11k and mapped to 300bhp very easily. Worth considering.

Bill

36,104 posts

176 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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If he doesn't need four seats I'd struggle not to look at Boxsters, and if he does M3s... Or get an older Golf and use the spare on R400 rental with Bookatrack.

Dan911

Original Poster:

2,415 posts

129 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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He will need the rear seats or I would be saying R26.R or Boxster S.

M3 - Nice but running cost maybe a little high!

Kind of cars in question -

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/r...

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/r...

Golf's

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/v...

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/v...




Tickle

2,403 posts

125 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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Out the two mentioned I would go for the Meg in Cup spec so its got the LSD. They are not exactly hard to live with for day to day duties either, it isnt an Atom!

Bit of a leftfield option, has your friend thought of a FD2 Civic, coming down in price now, this one is within budget http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/h...

They are quite good on the eye too



MarkRSi

5,782 posts

139 months

Saturday 25th January 2014
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For the odd track day I'd probably go for the RS.

I've got one (265 Cup) and it's amazing when pressing on biggrin Don't automatically assume the Golf is better built or feels nicer inside, the RS interior feels more upmarket compared to fairly recent Ford/Vauxhall offerings and on par with some german cars I've sat in, if a tad plain (like said german cars tongue out). Only downside really is the ride is firm, especially on the Cup (which your friend will want for the LSD for the trackdays), small price to pay though IMO.

Not driven the Golf but I'd imagine it would be very different the Megane, best thing would be to try both...