2015 Volkswagen Scirocco | new car review
Great set of features
Rear styling is divisive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Specifications||2015 Volkswagen Scirocco||2015 Volkswagen Scirocco||2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.4 litre / 4-cyl||2.0 litre / 4-cyl||2.0 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|160 hp @ 5,800 RPM||211 hp @ 6,200 RPM||255 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|240 Nm @ 4,000 RPM||280 Nm @ 5,000 RPM||350 Nm @ 2,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||7 speed dual clutch automatic||6 speed dual clutch automatic||6 speed dual clutch automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||8.0 secs||6.9 secs||6.0 secs|
|Top speed||218 km/h||238 km/h||250 km/h|
|Price||AED 108,000||AED 114,577||AED 140,000|