4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Performance variant of the Golf-based coupe

Volkswagen Scirocco R (10-18) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £29,615 - £34,530
Used price £5,080 - £22,930
Used monthly cost From £127 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £155 - £315
Insurance group 34 - 39 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Coupe looks a rarity
  • Brilliant performance and handling
  • Classy interior

CONS

  • Pricey to buy and run against other models
  • Not as practical as it looks

Volkswagen Scirocco R rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

Crowning its performance coupe range is the Volkswagen Scirocco R – a high speed three-door based on the successful Golf R underpinnings

High speed coupe

Using the Scirocco’s existing bodywork but with more substantial bumpers, the R looked purposeful without being in-your-face.

The 2010-2012 Golf R and SEAT Leon Cupra R from the same era already had good reputations as fine-handling front-wheel drive cars, but the sleeker appearance of the Scirocco’s tall but tapering coupe rear made it look and feel more special.

With 265hp galloping away from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, Scirocco R performance was impressive, but being a Volkswagen, economy and everyday usability wasn’t badly compromised either.

Mid-life facelift

As with the rest of the Volkswagen coupe line-up, the Scirocco R was facelifted in summer 2014, looking even more aggressive and purposeful than before.

Similar to the six-generation Golf R, the bespoke front bumper features fins on its outer edges and LED lights, giving it a contemporary look too.

LEDs feature within the reprofiled rear light lense,s too, along with a tweaked back bumper and a modified tailgate on which the VW roundel doubles as a boot opening lever.

The outgoing ‘Talladega’ alloy wheels are replaced by the new ‘Cadiz’ design, still at an 18-inch diameter, and completing the visual enhancements.

Inside, the existing dashboard design was improved with new instruments and a set of additional dials consisting of a chronometer, a turbocharger pressure gauge and a display for oil temperature, imitating the original 1974 Scirocco.

Uprated engine

Under the facelifted Scirocco R’s bonnet you’ll find a fettled version of the original 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, with peak power increased to 280bhp.

Read on for the full Volkswagen Scirocco R review.

VW Scirocco R rear 2010

Volkswagen Scirocco R rivals

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