Volkswagen Scirocco R Review 2012 Manual Reviews Prices Australian… — Volkswagen Scirocco I

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Volkswagen Scirocco I

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Vehicle Style: sports hatch

Price: (plus on-roads)

Fuel claimed: 8.1 l/100km | tested: l/100km

Part of the enjoyment of a car fast is the total engagement it with the wheel, the pedals, the and the micro-management of what’s happening at the

Executing a perfect heel-toe finding a razor line a corner, or balancing a controlled — those are the things make a track day memorable.

why most of us who love driving, and the feel of engagement with the will, most times, opt for a transmission.

Which brings us to Scirocco R. The choice is between two a DSG ‘auto’, and the manual.

Since its in the first Golf R32, twin-clutch transmission technology in VW parlance) has offered lightning-fast the convenience of auto and the ‘connected’ of a manual when taking in hand with the wheel-mounted

The best of both worlds, and all and good. Except that it comes to the Scirocco R, for sports and all-round liveability, we still the manual.

Not that there is to complain about with the it’s just that the manual in the Scirocco R is better.

It might not be the most visually interior, but material quality is with plenty of soft and solid switchgear.

Upholstery quality is good, but prefer it if Volkswagen ditched the bolster trimming on the seats. The upholstered steering wheel is from the Golf R and feels

Comfort: Although the grey-black colours won’t be for everyone, the seats have deep and give excellent lateral for the upper body.

There’s a range of movement in the manually-adjusted and it’s easy to find a driving position.

Outward is compromised though, by the thick A-pillars at the front, and the sharply-rising and back seat headrests at the

The rear seats, although in headroom, are also amply Legroom is acceptable too, but to the narrowness of the Scirocco’s body car is strictly a four-seater.

But back passengers take note: of the high beltline and shallowness of the it can feel mighty claustrophobic there. Young kids in the back will also to see out through the windows.

Ergonomically, the layout is easy to comprehend and however, the power window are irritatingly tucked away the Scirocco’s bizarre triangular pull.

Equipment: The standard list includes trip-computer, bi-xenon headlamps, rain-sensing dual-zone climate control, control, 19-inch alloys and LED running lamps.

The eight-speaker system includes a six-disc an SD card input, a USB input, and telephony and audio integration. parking-sensors and auto-dimming mirrors are standard.

Options include sat nav ($2500), a glass roof ($1800) and a premium audio system

Storage: Open up the hatch and a deep boot measuring 312 but the hatch opening is narrow and the lip is very high — of which make loading into the Scirocco a pain.

The split rear seatbacks forward to create a luggage of 1006 litres, but they fold flat or flush the boot floor.

Inside the there’s a decent-sized glovebox and centre console bin, the cupholders are rigid and don’t for different-sized bottles and cans.

The Scirocco R’s engine, with the Golf R and Audi S3, is a

It’s got 188kW of power and of torque — healthy and with the latter available as low as 2500rpm, it’s got plenty of pulling power.

The best way to it is by exploiting that beefy Peak power arrives at so there’s not much point in it right to the 6800rpm redline.

shifting just after lets the tachometer drop into the middle of the torque which produces the strongest

After some initial lag, boost builds and in a linear fashion. This is nowhere near as savage in its delivery as, say, a Subaru That, depending on your of view, can be either a good or a bad

What’s definitely a good though, is the standard manual

No, the six-speed manual isn’t than its DSG-equipped sister manual gets to 100km/h in a 6.2 seconds, the DSG does it in six seconds but it’s far more fun to row through the yourself than to delegate task to a computer.

With an that’s as smooth and sophisticated as the R’s, opting for the manual is the real way of injecting some into the car.

Some say the DSG’s petite steering shift paddles allow you to it both ways, but we disagree. simply no substitute for the engagement a feels with three and a H-pattern stick shift.

The Scirocco R emits a sporty burble at idle and masses of roar at full throttle. And a gruff note is always it’s not at all grating when at highway speeds.

Road from the 19-inch rolling is another issue though, as it can get intrusive at triple-digit speeds on tarmac.

Suspension: As standard, the R is fitted with adaptive with three modes Normal, Comfort and Sport. about employing Sport on anything but a racetrack. It’s firm for everyday driving.

mode should be made the setting. Its compliance improves comfort, and it even helps under power by allowing the to conform to bumps rather just skipping over

Cornering grip is exemplary for a hot hatch, but traction under is limited. It’s a problem doesn’t show up so much on dry but add some rain and the Scirocco an appetite for understeer.

So while the Scirocco R might be fractionally in a straight line, the AWD Golf R much more surefooted.

The Scirocco R is fitted with a brake package using front discs and 310mm discs, each clamped by calipers.

Braking performance is strong, and the firm, responsive feels great under

ANCAP rating: Untested.

features: Stability control, control, ABS, ESP, hold assist and brake are standard.

Passenger protection includes six airbags (front, side and full-length curtain), seatbelts for all occupants and pretensioners for the seatbelts.


Three years/100,000km with 12 corrosion warranty.

Service Service costs vary so your Volkswagen dealer purchase.

Renault Megane RS 265 Cup — The current king of hot Renault’s Megane RS is scintillatingly on both road and track.

Its 2.0 turbo inline four rev as high as the Scirocco’s but with and 360Nm it’s a more unit by a healthy margin.

It also corners like a cut but the Megane’s performance-focused suspension is its one — it’s even than that of the Scirocco R. Megane reviews )

Mazda3 MPS — Another big-power the Mazda3 MPS suffers from its age interior is positively retro by and issues with torque

Still, with 190kW and a 380Nm of torque, you get plenty of for your buck. The MPS can also be along a winding road quickly, but it will demand of the driver than the Scirocco and (see Mazda3 reviews )

Coupe Cooper S ($42,990) The MINI Coupe is well on power against the rest of contenders, having only and 240Nm in its 1.6 litre turbo in Cooper S trim.

But, at 1165kg it also weighs less than the others.

It superbly as a result, and although not quite in the same league of as the Megane, Mazda3 or Scirocco, the coupe is still an immensely little thing. (see Coupe reviews )

Note: all are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not dealer delivery or on-road


On its own merits, the Scirocco R stands tall. got easily accessible performance, good looks and handling shames most other hot

But there’s one problem — the Megane RS 265.

The Megane RS is a faster machine better handling and a dramatically price-tag. It’s also visually arresting both and out — albeit just as as the Scirocco.

Further complicating for VW is the impending arrival of the Ford ST, which, with 20Nm torque than the Scirocco for $10k less, will set the hot hatch market ablaze.

we accept that there still be people enticed by the and badge value of the Scirocco R. Our to those people is simple: the manual. You’ll have fun.

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Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


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