Volkswagen Scirocco Sport 2.0 TSI (DSG) Review
Green with envy

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
21 May 2009
 

...and that is how everyone will feel when they see you drive a Scirocco

Volkswagen Scirocco

"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Only darkness everyday
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away..."

I don't know why, but the moment I saw the Volkswagen Scirocco, Marvin Gaye's "Ain't no sunshine" just kept ringing in my head repeatedly.

It was a gloomy morning, accompanied by bad traffic along the ECP prior to picking up the Scirocco from the VGS building. Add to the fact that Starbucks got my order wrong, so it all adds up to a really grumpy bloke.

But it all changed the moment I took the key and unlocked the car - initially, I thought it has to be the bright "viper green" colour that made me felt that way. As I walked around the car to scrutinize, I realised it is, after all, the whole appearance of the car that lit me up.

Exterior

When was the last time you saw a coupe that made you stop in your track and go "what the hell on earth is that", followed by "I want one too"? Notwithstanding a Lambo, Ferrari or Porsche, I couldn't recall anything else that catches attention, and immediately the heart. Ok, so the Alfa Romeo GT made me feel that way once, but that was yesterday's news.

The Scirocco's look is a mean one that says, "I've come to cleanse these streets". Upfront, you get smoked headlamps that matches the horizontal grill nicely, with the lower part of the bumper housing the foglamps and signal repeaters. As you walk along the side, you'll notice the flowy and intricate profile which sweeps nicely towards the wide rear - interestingly, you don't see any angular lines here.

It's A and B pillars are set small, and with the frameless window, certainly adds a touch of class. The wide and pert rear is epical, very Wolfsburg, showcasing an almost vertical rear windscreen with a matching roof-mounted spoiler.

On a separate note, I'm not into this whole "bling-bling" thing, so I'm really unsure about the rims. It looks similar to the Passat CC's, but with a different finish that gives off a shiny effect. Hmm...maybe a darker shade would be a better bet?


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11.1:1
Bore x Stroke (76.5 x 75.6)mm
Power 210bhp @ 5300rpm
Torque 280Nm @ 1700rpm
Power to Weight 161.8 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 233 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4256 x 1810 x 1404) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Kerb Weight 1298 kg
Boot Capacity 292 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs