Drive – Volkswagen Scirocco R Review

23 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Volkswagen Scirocco R Review

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of an engine

Feels flat and

Excellent grip

Heaps of fun

interior, but unique colours it up


Requires 98-octane unleaded

Poor rear

Headroom marginal

Suspension into sharp bumps

it comes to performance cars, are two main schools of thought buy a pure-bred sports car designed one thing in mind, or a conventional car go-fast gear such as a engine.

More often not the latter has won out, although starting to see a resurgence of the pure-breds. Scirocco is like a hybrid of Underneath it’s a thoroughly hatch.

But on top it gets its own body, which like an edgier Golf been squashed into the

Volkswagen has ”ummed and ahhed” the Scirocco for years. But it eventually its way Down Under, albeit at the of the three-door version of the Golf R.

and equipment

To some degree about the look with the so things such as LED daytime lights and more efficient headlights liven the design, as do the 19-inch alloy wheels fill the muscular wheel


It’s also not for gear inside, with auto headlights, rain-sensing rear parking sensors and a trip computer between the and tacho. That helps the $47,490 price tag (plus costs), which jumps to if you option the six-speed auto.


There are also six and stability control, although no tyre, with a repair kit and sensors in its place.


A sound system adds while sat-nav adds

Under the bonnet

The Scirocco Volkswagen’s well-spread 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, in this in Golf R guise pumping out up to of power. Unlike the flagship though, power is sent to the front wheels rather all four.


Combined the 330Nm of torque that in from just 2500rpm, ample pull throughout the rev Even on a dry road or when on the power out of tight corners, the can be kept busy containing the (although they do a good job of In the wet it’s amplified.

Still, the Scirocco is a lively and with the auto can sprint to in a mere six seconds. Acceleration is by relatively short gearing in second and third (third is for a little over 100km/h) and never left wanting for go.

The six-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic has the grizzles, with some grabbing in stop-start traffic. But it’s beautifully matched to the with superb shifts. use in everyday driving hovers the 10 litres per 100 kilometres mark (it uses 8.2L/100km) but you’ll be it the expensive 98-octane premium

How it drives

Volkswagen is on a roll the way its cars drive and the Scirocco is near the top of the tree in most There’s supreme cornering teamed with excellent that delivers the right to the driver while positioning the car


The body also impressively flat, so cornering confident and agile. Indeed is a Scirocco strong point, plenty of adjustability to its nature and the of poise that has it working you rather than against And in the right situation it’s a brisk hatch.


It’s not all good though, with the slinky low-profile tyres protesting at the sign of a sharp bump or It shudders inelegantly straight the cabin and can make a meal of roads. The suspension is adjustable Comfort, Normal and Sport, the Sport just adding to its woes.

Comfort and practicality

The conforms to the Volkswagen family of switches and dials, so there be no wholesale surprises for anyone out of a Golf. But there are some that enliven the cabin, as the patterned silver strip runs the width of the dash, or the use of metallic-look finishes; instead of there are some shiny highlights (around the air vents and the grab handles, for example). The used is also more with touches of red interspersed striking white dials and needles.


Headroom up front is just OK and taller drivers upset their hairdos on the Vision isn’t great with a largish pillar side of the windscreen and the slim and rear windows creating a feel.


Rear is also obscured by the fixed of the back bucket seats promise the sports car feel, without much headroom or

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