Volkswagen Scirocco R | First Drive Car Reviews | NRMA Motoring & Services

14 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volkswagen Scirocco R | First Drive Car Reviews | NRMA Motoring & Services

Volkswagen Scirocco

R First

FIRST THOUGHTS: Volkswagen its hairy-chested front-drive Scirocco R, years after it went in Europe. It#39;s been the wait.

The styling is aggressive and the purposeful. From 10 paces, the R looks every bit the tuned and hot hatch it is. This, just the iteration since its 1974 is the first model to land in Australia (we#39;ve been for it for four years now).

And if style has anything to do with this model (starting at over $47,000) gets off on the foot immediately.

What#39;s it

While the exterior is the most feature demanding your I find the interior most The gauges are beautiful, designed for as much as function, the steering meaty and widely adjustable.

The sat-nav screen is easy to – no pun intended – and is easy to see from any The switchgear is smartly laid out and to understand too. Visibility is, on the pretty good, but the rear and the meaty A-pillars do restrict vision.

The sports seats are nice and and, even after hours behind the wheel at the press launch, my body is from no aches or pains. And you say that about many cars. Like a lot of sports though, the back seat is just for short haul or people you don#39;t much

And there#39;s not a lot of boot space, but not buying a Scirocco to lug mountains of around either.

In Australia, we will only see one of the Scirocco that has been in Europe for four years It is however, the R version, which it#39;s the one you really want

Unfortunately for Volkswagen, and us, and you dear the weather for the national launch was So much so that the drive out Falls Creek in Victoria, should have been a test of the chassis is little than a dawdle through rain and fog.

That said, we#39;re to discern that front and grip, body control and absorption is pretty impressive. The too feels nice and direct, and is weighted. Even with the dampers set to Comfort mode, is some road noise into the cabin, but that#39;s the for running 19-inch alloys.

The turbocharged four-cylinder makes and 330Nm from 2500rpm.

In mode, the cost-optional six-speed DSG is brilliant (and is free of the we#39;ve found in some It shifts quickly and precisely up or through the gears accompanied by a flutter from the exhaust. The manual is just as impressive.

Fuel consumption is a claimed for the DSG.

In terms of standard you get 19-inch alloys, LED daytime lights, dual-zone climate bi-xenon headlights, rear sensors, rain sensing Bluetooth connectivity with streaming, multi-function trip and the aforementioned sports seats, are heated, and there#39;s no spare (just an air compressor and a can of tyre Safety-wise the Scirocco R features EBD and hill-start assist, traction and adaptive chassis control.

VERDICT:  Few manufacturers a hot hatch with as much performance and driving poise as With Polo GTI and Golf GTI in the stable, you might wonder the position of Scirocco R. But it#39;s muscle car than hot hatch… The Renault Megane RS250 be its natural combatant, but even at $7k more, the Scirocco delivers a blow.

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