Written by : Tim Marsh
Scirocco (seer-rock-koh) is defined as Mediterranean winds originating from the Sahara that have the ability to reach hurricane-like speeds. If nothing else, Volkswagen was creative in naming its sports hatch. But does the exotic name match the car? Find out all this and more, including the VW Scirocco price, in our 2013 VW Scirocco review.
The Volkswagen Scirocco comes in two options: a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic DSG. So whether you like the thrill of a manual gearbox or downshifting like an F1 driver, the Scirocco will deliver.
Exterior and Styling
There’s no doubt that VW has nailed it in the styling of the Scirocco. At first glance, the styling might seem reminiscent of the GTI, but on further inspection you can see that the VW Scirocco is lower, fatter and all-around cooler. It also has 19-inch Talladega alloy wheels, a chubby-cheeked behind (think of a squirrel smuggling acorns), and ‘R’ detail styling for a sporty and sexy finish.
Interior and Comfort
Truth be told, there isn’t too much to write home about with the VW Scirocco’s interior. But that’s not to say it’s shabby – in fact, the ‘R’ styling in the interior is subtle but effective, with black gloss detailing, aluminium door sills and pedals, and unique triangular door handles. But best of all, the back seat boasts luxurious legroom unusual for a car its size and is actually quite comfortable. Don’t expect to be blown away though – the stock standard VW styling and accessories, irrespective of the ‘R’ detailing, is very dominant here.
Under the Bonnet
The Scirocco boasts a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine capable of 188kW/330Nm, and a 0-100 time of 8.2 seconds. Need we say more? Okay, one thing that we will add is that the distinct blow-off valve noise the Scirocco makes sends a jolt of pure joy straight to our hearts.
On the Road
As a front-wheel drive, you can expect a little torque steer when you’re putting your boot into it, and of course it isn’t as sturdy on the road as the all-wheel drive Golf R. In saying that, with the Adaptive Chassis Control and excellent performance, the Volkswagen Scirocco is still a fun drive.
Expect regular VW safety features, including EDL, ASR, ESP, XDL, Brake Assist, ABS and EBD.
Value for Money
Okay, so one of the obvious downsides of the VW Scirocco price is how darn high it is. The manual is available for $47,990, and you can pick up the DSG for $50,490, which is quite a whack for what is essentially a sports hatch. In comparison, the Audi A3 starts at $35,600, the BMW 1-series at $37,300, and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class at $35,600.
We have already mentioned that the VW falls a little short of the competition price wise, but what about all of the other criteria? Well, while exterior styling is always debatable, we’d like to throw our cap in the ring and say that the Scirocco is the best looking of the bunch.
Admittedly though, it’s hard for the entry-level A3, 1-Series and A-Class vehicles to compete both appearance and performance wise. And perhaps this is why there’s such a difference in price?
Let’s pose a question: what if you had the opportunity to roll up everything you loved about hot hatches, luxury hatchbacks and performance cars? Would you be pleased? If so, then the resulting amalgamation of these components in the Volkswagen Scirocco might just be your dream car.
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