Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

As you would expect, the interior of the Scirocco R is very classy. The dash has been lifted from the Golf: the design is excellent and the materials used are of high quality and soft to touch. There are a few strategically placed ‘R’ badges on the interior just to remind you that you are driving the ‘hot’ version of the Scirocco.

Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) is a major feature in the set-up on the Scirocco R. This system means that the engineers did not have to compromise between comfort and sportiness. There are three modes to choose from ‘Normal’, ‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport’. The sensors on the ACC constantly measure the vehicle’s behaviour – be it under braking, acceleration or cornering – and react to ensure the optimum mix of chassis agility and comfort at all times.

On start-up the Scirocco R defaults to ‘Normal’ mode in which the system strikes a balance for general use. Switch the settings to ‘Sport’ and the steering assistance is reduced, the damping is hardened and the throttle responses are sharpened as the mapping changes. This is intended for either twisty roads or track driving. For a more leisurely drive select the ‘Comfort’ mode.

This will soften the damping and lighten the steering to provide a smooth and controlled ride best suited to motorway driving.