Feeds
90%
VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

A green GT for the working man

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Range extender

That said, the system flashed up an "unavailable" sign rather more often than I would have expected, perhaps a sign the battery was struggling to meet demand.

All those changes improve fuel consumption from 55.4mpg to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle, and lower CO2 emissions from 134g/km to 118g/km over the outgoing model. They also drop the BlueMotion Technology Scirocco down two tax brackets, into band C.

Volkswagen Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

18in Interlagos alloys as standard

Get the Scirocco out on the motorway and even at a fair bit over the legal limit you will see mid-50s miles per gallon. Combine that with the 12-and-a-bit gallon fuel tank and a cruising range of 650 miles is on the cards, key to getting between points A and B quickly rather than wasting time queuing behind dunderheads buying their groceries at the petrol station.

The diesel four-pot is a little on the noisy side at start-up but soon settles down to a more smoother and more pleasant hum once it gets up to temperature. While it lacks the immediate thump-in-the-back of the 2.0 litre turbo petrol engines in the Scirocco range, it’s still a sufficiently solid performer.

With 138bhp on tap the 0-60 sprint takes a somewhat leisurely 9.3 seconds but the top speed is an autobahn-friendly 129mph. Once rolling, the Scirocco makes more of a sporting case for itself because the engine’s 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque is spread evenly across the rev range and is available from 1750rpm.

Volkswagen Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

VW family nose looks good on Scirocco

Pressing on in the Scirocco is all about surfing that wave of torque to surge past the inattentive and the timid. It’s something that’s made all the easier by the short throttle action and slick six-speed box. Why anyone would cough the up the extra £1300 for the semi-automatic DSG transmission is a mystery to me, especially as it actually reduces economy and increases CO2 emissions.

Underneath the Scirocco's curvaceous exterior - which I happen to like even though many folk think the back-end a bit bulbous – there is a fair bit of Golf GTi DNA and the odd bit of Passat - the rear axle, for instance - but there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of that.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!
Spanish launch goes titsup, we're off to the US of A
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue
This tiny bio-bot will chew through your clothes then save your life
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.