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2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R DSG Speed Date
Mike Costello
By Mike Costello
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$45,990 - $48,490 before on-road costs
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Mike Costello
By Mike Costello

So, where did you go on your date?

My German date accompanied me around Sydney on a whirlwind visit to the harbour city from my Melbourne home. Fun fact: Scirocco is the word used for a hot and dusty breeze that blows from North Africa across the Mediterranean.

Ideal first date?

The Volkswagen Scirocco is a style statement for a conservative brand, so you wouldn't catch it dead somewhere dreary. Perhaps a snooty gallery opening?

Hot or not?

Cut roofline, high waist, snub proportions, big wheels. Yeah, the Scirocco is a looker alright. Best thing VW has done since the Karman Ghia.

It's what's inside that counts, what do you think of the interior?

Look, it's comfortable and well specified, though the infotainment system feels a touch dated now. Love the dashtop instruments including the boost gauge. The biggest gripe is the outward visibility, which is bad even for a low-slung coupe.

Standout features?

It remains much more plush and refined than a Megane RS. The 188kW/330Nm 2.0-litre turbo engine is ageing, but still sounds raucous, especially in the DSG's sport setting. It's generally a sharp handler, with excellent turn-in and communicative steering. Urban ride is actually an excellent compromise, though it can struggle at times to put its power down.

Annoying habits?

Outward visibility and dated touchscreen aside, not much. Perhaps the fact that Volkswagen detunes that rorty little engine here compared to the Euro version due to our climate. That's not VW Australia's fault, really.

Ready for a family?

A family of two people maybe? Actually, there is a bit of legroom and headroom back there, though with those narrow side windows it's a touch claustrophobic. Good luck getting child seats in and out unless you have octopus arms. But this isn't marketed as a family car so no issue there really.

High maintenance?

The Scirocco is covered by Volkswagen’s capped-price servicing program – but don’t assume that means it’s cheap to maintain. The first four services at 12-month/15,000km intervals will set you back $3060. As with all Volkswagens sold in Australia, the Scirocco gets a three-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and matching roadside assistance.

Any deal-breakers?

Well, at $48,490 plus on-road costs, the pricing remains steeper than the newer and more polished Golf GTI ($41,990-$44,490). It's also about bang-on with a top-spec Renault Megane RS, which is a sharper car in the bends, albeit not as luxurious.

So, is it serious or just a one night stand?

The definition of a one-nighter. It's actually a comfy and liveable coupe, but at the end of the day, it's all about the looks.

Keeping your options open?

The new pricing and spec makes it a close match for the GTI Performance. You can also get a BMW 220i for $50,900.

If it's not for you, who would you recommend it to?

A Golf GTI fan who never carries more than one passenger and wants to stand out from the crowd.