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Volkswagen Scirocco R (2012)

by John Ewing,reviewed August 2012

VW’s sporty Polo and Golf variants have finally been joined by the Scirocco R.
It’s been available overseas for a few years, with local availability keenly anticipated.

Under the striking looks of the three-door body is a 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine as used in sibling Golf R.

When prompted by the driver’s right foot, a surprisingly strong and energetic response is forthcoming accompanied by a nice bass note from the exhaust.

The optional DSG gearbox delivered snappy shifts and felt less jerky at low speed than some DSG equipped VWs we have driven.

Scirocco’s ride is taut and mostly tolerable around town. But its abilities to soothe out and soak up the gnarls and pitting of many roads beyond the urban fringes are found wanting, even with the adaptive chassis control set to ‘comfort’ rather than the firmer ‘normal’ or ‘sports’ modes.

Praise, though, for the sporty dynamics with excellent grip levels, flat cornering stance and a solidly-planted feeling. Nicely-weighted, accurate steering and eager turn in are virtues, too.

Scirocco is a four seater and rear cabin space is tight. The front seats offer excellent support. Visibility to the rear is hampered by the broad pillars and letter-box slot back glass.

Perhaps Scirocco R proves the old adage that good things come to those who wait.
Volkswagen Scirocco R 2012


Performance, handling and steering, strong brakes


Rear visibility, no proper spare wheel, space issues, ride quality

Key features

Climate-control airconditioning, 19” alloys, alarm, sports suspension/adaptive chassis control, rear park sensors, six-stack CD with touch screen and SD card/media input, bluetooth with audio streaming, heated front seats


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, antilock brakes electronic brake distribution, brake assist, front seatbelt pre-tensioners/load limiters, electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist

Car Details

Vehicle make Volkswagen
Vehicle model Scirocco R
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2012
Price when new $49,990 (six-spd DSG) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol, 4-cyl
Max power 188 kW @ 6000 rpm
Max torque 330 Nm @ 2500-5000 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 7.1 sec (average, as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 25.8 m (as tested, wet track)
Fuel type 98 RON
Economy ADR 8.2-litres/100 km
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.