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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 hasn’t aged at all and the Scirocco is still the most distinctive car in the brand's product range. The engines deliver decent levels of performance and great economy especially when twinned with a DSG gearbox.
On the inside, the Scirocco is well refined and build quality is unquestionable. It is however on the backfoot compared to rivals when it comes to technology. The biggest disappointment is the lack of excitement which is readily found in rivals such as the Renault Megane Trophy and Peugeot RCZ-R. Consider it a modest entertainer, rather than a purveyor of true driving thrills.
‘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)
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 on 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.