2015 Volkswagen Scirocco | new car review

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 by
2015 Volkswagen Scirocco
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AEDAED 108,000 - 140,000
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  • Last modified: May 12, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The Scirocco is a compact coupe that is, ultimately, just a Golf in drag.

Pros

Great set of features

Cons

Rear styling is divisive

Looks

Since its launch in 2008, the Scirocco has been the envy of the playground. From the front and indeed from the side it looks fabulous. The back-end, however, is where the question marks appear; there is something unusual about the back that… well, I can’t make up my mind. Is it beautiful or ugly? I want to buy one, so I guess it’s beautiful. All in all the 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco is a good-looking car, but the back end detailing is divisive.

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco front

Feel

The old MK II Scirocco was one of the best regular cars of the 1980’s. Sitting inside one made you real, like a rugged racer, ready to put the pedal to the metal. Inside the new incarnation it’s different; it feels more like a Golf than the old one, but no less sporty. The unusual door pulls and sharp centre console give the car a sharper feeling than the curvy exterior would have you believe.

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco interior

Engineering

VW have packed the Scirocco with all manner of quirky features, one for example is the headlamp washer system that pops up at the press of a button. Beyond the interior features, the true boy-racer will be more interested in the performance tools. The electronic differential lock system, XDS, improves handling through fast corners, twin this with the MacPherson front axle, which has a low centre of gravity, and you have a recipe for fun.

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco side

What’s on offer?

Over here in the UAE the 2.0 litre version is on offer in a range of colours and trims. Its straight-4 engine produces a sizable 211hp and 280Nm of torque which is similar to the Golf GTi on paper. However, there is a smaller 1.4 litre variant on offer. Prices start from AED 108,000. The Scirocco R is a more powerful version, which ups the horsepower to 255 and smashes a 0 – 100 km/h run in a mere 6.0 seconds.  Prices however, start from AED 140,000.

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco front

Summing it

Look at it like this: the Golf and the Scirocco are the same car, only with different bodies. This has always been the way of it, and the choice between the two has been down to which you thought looked better, and more boringly, cost. The Scirocco is more expensive, but does look mighty fine. If you can afford to be different, do it. Seeing more of these on the roads will cheer the rest of us up.

2015 Volkswagen Scirocco rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Volkswagen Scirocco2015 Volkswagen Scirocco2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R
Engine/ Cylinders1.4 litre / 4-cyl2.0 litre / 4-cyl2.0 litre / 4-cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
160 hp @ 5,800 RPM211 hp @ 6,200 RPM255 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
240 Nm @ 4,000 RPM280 Nm @ 5,000 RPM350 Nm @ 2,500 RPM
Tranmission7 speed dual clutch automatic6 speed dual clutch automatic6 speed dual clutch automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.0 secs6.9 secs6.0 secs
Top speed218 km/h238 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 108,000AED 114,577AED 140,000

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