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

Security for virtualized datacentres

Hitting the sweet spot

The chassis is more than capable of dealing with the available power - after all, the Scirocco R has to cope with nearly 265bhp, though admittedly it has a more advanced electronic differential. Even without the trick diff there is still plenty of grip and the steering is very well balanced. In handling terms, it’s the best front-wheel drive diesel I’ve driven.

Volkswagen Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

Frameless doors and a high boot sill

VW has also hit the sweet sport between handling and ride comfort, vital in a car that is as much an everyman GT as a sports car. Activated by a button on the centre console - in just the wrong place for those of us sitting on the right-hand side - the Adaptive Chassis Control lets you alter the damper and steering settings between Comfort and Sport with a Normal setting in between.

You really need to be paying attention to spot the differences between the three settings in everyday use so I’d suggest reserving Sport for track days, Comfort for motorway driving but otherwise leaving it in Normal.

Surprisingly, the Scirocco doesn’t suffer too much in comparison to the three-door Golf when it comes to internal space. The rear seats are very heavily sculptured so I was able to get all five-foot 11 of me in the back, pull the drivers seat into the usual place and still have an inch clear in front of my knees.

Volkswagen Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

A good looker in the right colour

The boot is also deep and capacious, though it’s usefulness is hampered by a very high loading lip. The only real disappointment is that Bluetooth phone integration isn’t standard even with the optional 6.5in touchscreen satnav and entertainment system packages. If you want it - and, let’s face it, these days most drivers do - it’s a £250 option. It should come as standard fit across the range.

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

After a week with the Scirocco BlueMotion Technology, I'm finding it difficult to come up with anything in the way of serious criticism. Despite being configured with high economy and low emissions in mind rather than out-and-out performance, the Scirocco is still an enjoyable car to drive. Yes, driving a turbo-diesel in a spirited manner on B-roads involves a little more in the way of forethought but that just makes it different from a petrol car, not worse. ®

More Car Reviews

Lexus
CT200h
hybrid
Volvo S60
DRIVe
Peugeot
508 Active
e-HDI
Ford
Focus
Fiat
500
TwinAir

Security for virtualized datacentres

90%
VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

As a stylish, comfortable, entertaining and economical way to cover long distances at speed,the Scirocco BlueMotion Technology takes some beating.
Price: £23,515 OTR RRP

More from The Register

next story
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet
Probe prepares to make first landing on fast-moving rock
Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces
How much of the world's oldest computer can they find?
LOHAN invites ENTIRE REG READERSHIP to New Mexico shindig
Well, those of you who back our Kickstarter tin-rattling...
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.