|We picked up the 160PS TSI Volkswagen Scirocco recently from Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) to satisfy further urges with this mild mannered beast. As the local Motoring community calls it “Sexy”, “Articulate”, “Creatively VW” and “Solidly built”, we just label it the “Scintillating VW”. The new 1.4l Scirocco 2-door Coupe has been officially introduced alongside its siblings, the 1.4l TSI DSG Golf and 1.2l TSI DSG Polo, in a recent big-do “Are You Volkswagen Enough?” street party at Changkat Bukit Bintang featuring the likes of local bands, singers and Leona Lewis (above right).|
Prior to the introduction of the 1.4l Scirocco, VGM has already included the 2.0l Scirocco Sport in its line-up. The Scirocco Sport, of course, is one of the flagship models in VGM’s current range and features loads of raw power performance of up to 210PS with the essential tinge of TSI and DSG highlights. That much of power would deduce anyone from a considerate driver into a possible road demon, hence, the tagline, “Be Good!”
The new 2-door Coupe leads VGM’s current 1.4 variants with a promising price tag of RM189,608 without insurance. From the outlook, the new Scirocco commands lots of on-lookers’ gazes especially when driven at city centres and congested vicinities thanks to its attentive styling and rear to front aerodynamically-savvy setup. At the front, you’ll be immediately drawn by its low slopping angle, aggressive bi-Xenon headlights and muscular fenders, then the sides further pronounced the Scirocco’s fluid curves and performance accents, and the rear is punctuated by a high rear spoiler with a slightly concealed third brake light and a bulging bumper. The toned-down Scirocco is still justifiable with 225/45R17 tyres and 17-inch wheels which definitely broaden its overall exterior appeal.
Interior wise, the Scirocco is not immensely roomier than the Golf and even the Polo to some extend. But, who needs that much space when all you need is power and lots of power on demand. It does offer decent space for the driver and front passenger, however rear passengers may have to shrink a little, definitely not for six-footers. Being a performance-bred category, the Scirocco doesn’t offer that much trunk space either, but gives adequate storage and fits generally smaller stuff with the smart split fold and load option.
The driver’s cockpit, where all the adrenaline comes rushing in, yearns for attention and the driver’s immediate action, highlighted by the leather-wrapped three-spoke steering with entertainment, phone and info switches, white-illuminated speedo and tachometer, and the multi-info display. The overall tone and interior layout are boosted by the optional “Merlin” fabric on the seats and door panel trims. At the centre, you have your air-conditioning vents, a RCD 310 entertainment system and dual-zone a/c controls and knobs. The semi-bucket seat for the driver is customizable, and then all you need is to adjust the right seat height and steering to arms proximity for a full exhilaration with the Scirocco.
The engine bay houses the 1.4l TSI powertrain, twincharged direct petrol injection 4-cylinder, is expected to churn up to 160 PS (118Kw) or bhp at 5800 rpm with a torque capability of 240 from a 1500 – 4500 rpm range. The TSI twincharged engine works at both low and high speeds in variations to speed and torque. Mated with the highly versatile 7-speed direct shift gearbox DSG, the Scirocco supposedly matches the Golf at 6.3/100km on combined fuel consumption, while emissions level at 147g/km.
Its lower ride height and appropriately sized wheels and tyres give the car plenty of grip and stability on challenging turns and even sharp bends. As with most continental makes, the 2-door Coupe has an evident list of active and passive safety features, which consist: 2-safety –optimized front head restraints and 2 frame-type head restraints at the rear; Auto dimming rear view mirror; 6 airbags; an electronic differential lock (EDL); ESP with counter steering assistance; Traction control system; Immobilization device; ABS/EBD and Brake Assist; Hill-hold control; Park distance control; and even a warning triangle breakdown sign in the trunk for an emergency situation. All these features along with front ventilated disc and rear disc brakes, power-assisted steering with speed sensitivity, and front and rear fog lights add an excellent repertoire to the car’s active safety equipment list.
Our driving experience to the Northern state of Penang on the NSE and in the City was pretty much flawless with a bit of sluggishness detected when chasing faster cars at lower gear ratios. Due to its larger wheel/tyres radius, slight bumps were common on our painstakingly horrid roads, be it on highways, within Georgetown, Penang counties and KL. Getting creative on driving was the best thing to try out with this 2-door Coupe, knowing full well we could stop the car at the tap of the brake pad.
As the car is pretty well-balanced from sufficiently-sized wheelbase and front and rear tracks, it was almost perfect on low-to high-sloping corners or vice versa at 130 km/h and above minus the signs of under or oversteering. In addition, thanks to the 21545R17s there were limitless possibilities with this 2-door Coupe, saved for the 160PS limit and top speed limitation. With the Scirocco, highways are usually preferred than city roads as the car is practically built for charging forth, although it is a toned-down variant. At different NSE points, we maxed out at 200 – 220km/h at about 5,000 rpm, the car could probably push a further 20 km/h if desired. Except for the sluggish lower gear ratios, the 2-door Coupe picked up a notch when the pointer hit 180km/h, indicating an overdrive. The paddle shifters worked to perfection regardless of traffic situations and in a multitude of speed variance at the insanely populated ‘Georgetown’ and ‘Pulau Tikus’ on a weekend.
Other commendable Scirocco ‘Likes’ included, exemplary handling and stability, sturdy suspension system, effective stopping capability, very pertinent fuel consumption rate at an average of 8.2/100km for combined city and highway driving throughout our 3-day free ride.
In a nutshell, the new Scirocco is suited for the bold and aggressive-typed driver. It is pure fun with good ample power on demand anytime and anyplace, try the 2.0l for more pleasure.
The new Scirocco 1.4l TSI is available in eight colors and a interior “Merlin” fabric option. Priced at just under the RM190,000 without insurance, it comes with a VW 5-year warranty.
For more details, visit www.volkswagen.com.my or call its customer service at 1-800-88-8947.
See more of the Scirocco at our gallery here: http://motorsportchannel.com/web/2010/1018/1012.html