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Volkswagen Scirocco review - a worthy hot hatchback alternative?
The Scirocco still looks great despite being with us since 2008. Thanks to VW's simple aesthetics the design has aged particularly well and the Scirocco remains one of the most distinctive cars in the brand's product range, even if its initial impact has diminished through ubiquity. The engines deliver decent levels of performance and great economy.
On the inside, the Scirocco is well refined and build quality is unquestionable, though the design has now dated in context with newer VWs. It is however on the back foot compared to rivals when it comes to technology, but perhaps the biggest disappointment is a lack of outright excitement - something you'll find in abundance in coupe rivals like the Renault Sport Megane Cup-S and the recently-departed Peugeot RCZ-R. Consider it a modest entertainer, rather than a purveyor of true driving thrills.
The Scirocco may not offer huge thrills, but if you're seeking high performance then the Scirocco R delivers 276bhp from its 2-litre TSI engine and covers 0-62 in 5.7 seconds. The regular 2.0 TSI is not to be sniffed at, it’s effectively a last-gen Golf GTI in disguise and looks impressively sporty in R-Line trim. Diesel models are frugal (50-60mpg) and the 177bhp version offers up almost identical performance as the 2.0 TSI, so they're well worth a look if you're expecting to cover longer distances. Not quite as thrilling perhaps, but still appealing.
‘A step or two back from the limit, the R shows abundant grip, a pointy front end and strong traction afforded by the electronic XDS differential. The Scirocco R is said to be tuned to be slightly more focused than the Golf R, but initial impressions suggest the Golf is more responsive and enjoyable, perhaps as a result of its four-wheel drive system.’ – Dan Prosser, Road Test Editor (Scirocco R, evo 200)
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