2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R Review

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R Review

Chris Miller road tests and review the Volkswagen Scirocco R.

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R Review.

The Volkswagen Scirocco R is essentially a two door coupe version of the acclaimed Volkswagen Golf.

The Scirocco R has plenty of personality, a unique look and is possibly more satisfying to drive than the Golf GTI.

Powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder developing 188kW and 330Nm, the Scirocco gets up and goes.

Thanks to a trick electronic diff, all the power sent through the front wheels is delivered to the road with the minimum of fuss and with virtually no torque steer.

It can struggle for traction at times with all that power, but it’s a nice problem to have.

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R Review.

The Volkswagen Scirocco R is sure footed and inspires confidence. It’s nimble, agile and predictable, and great fun to drive with pace on either a winding mountain road or the freeway.

It sounds great, and the light action of the six-speed manual box is a delight.

It’s not cheap at $45,990, but it is well equipped. Standard fare includes rear view camera and front and rear parking sensors, daytime running lights, a 6.5” colour screen with an interface compatible with Apple CarPlay and plenty of 12v sockets for your various devices.

With a lower roofline than the Golf and only two doors space is at premium inside the cabin. Up front it feels light and airy with reasonable visibility and a great driving position. In the back it does feel cramped for anyone over five feet tall.

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R Review.

While the boot isn’t the biggest in the business, however there’s a certain amount of exclusivity with the Scirocco and it certainly has a bit more style about it than a regular Golf, the payoff is less space.

The R badge could to some suggest the Scirooco is the equivalent of the mighty Golf R…it’s not.

The Golf R is more powerful (206kw), has all-wheel drive and is some $6,750 more expensive, but the Scirocco is next most powerful in the performance VW range and is also $1000 cheaper than the less powerful Golf GTI Performance, so there is some good value in it.

Personally the space compromises that come with the Scirocco mean my dollars would be heading toward the Golf, however if I was a decade or two younger and had less kids, dogs and stuff to cart around the Scirocco R would likely be my preference.

It’s a beautifully engineered car, looks great, goes like the proverbial off a shovel and handles like a go-kart. It another accomplished effort from Volkswagen and is a car that would be a joy to own.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 188kW and 330Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic or six-speed manual

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: Three years

Origin: Germany

Price: From $45,990

About the author

Chris Miller

Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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