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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

Hey LaLD! I’m finally back! This semester was a bit of a busy one and, despite me having preemptively photographed plenty of diecast before returning to Uni, I ran out of time to prepare my verbose backgrounds on the cars being presented! So, without further ado, we return to our regularly scheduled programming with two C-segment hot(ish) hatches from France!

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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

Throughout automotive history there have been countless hot B-segment hatches: the 205 GTi, the 5 GT Turbo, the Metro Turbo, the Fiesta XR2, so on and so forth.

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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

Yet, on the other hand, C-segment hot hatches have been less prominent following the mighty Golf GTI that started it all; hot hatches, it seemed, were for the youth to have a laugh in, not for the family man to let his hair down after work.

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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

Lately, though, that has seen a turnaround. There’s the Golf R, the Focus RS, the Civic Type R, the A 45, and many more hardcore fast family five doors. Just below that, though, lie these: the Peugeot 308 GTi and the Renault Megane GT.

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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

These certainly compete more in the Golf GTI and Focus ST range yet offer quite a bit more Gallic flair. Less hardcore than the aforementioned “super” hatches, these two have 266 hp and 202 hp, respectively.

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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

That certainly gives the upper hand to the Peugeot right off the bat, but Renault have a stronger reputation for making a good-handling hatch than Peugeot who’s been a bit off their game ever since the 206 GTi.

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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

Additionally, the Megane GT has a trick up its sleeve with ‘4Control’, Renault’s new active four-wheel steering system that harkens back to the technical complexity of the systems from the eighties.

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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

Both Peugeot and Renault have come out of their respective styling malaises recently, and these two C-seg hatches clearly demonstrate their new directions, both very different but striking and attractive. Perhaps they’ll be the precursor to a series of Gallic superhatches: the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid and the Megane RS! Happy French Friday, and bon week-end!

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Illustration for article titled French Friday: Gallic C-Segment Hot Hatches

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