2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Line 2.0-litre TDI first drive review

Volkswagen Scirocco R-Line 2.0-litre TDI 184 PS

Subtle updates for the popular Volkswagen Scirocco in its fortieth year, but the smaller Golf could be a better bet

Despite appearances this is not a Scirocco R, though you could be forgiven for believing it is given the R-Line specification.The diesel engine note also gives it away, even if here it’s the same 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI unit that powers the Golf GTD. It heads the diesel line-up in the revised Scirocco range, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them changes that make up the coupe’s mid-life update.Revisions include re-profiled headlights and LED rear lamps, while new bumpers contain aerodynamic blades in the outer section.It’s all fairly subtle really. Inside, new instruments feature, while there’s an homage to the 1974 original in the shape of a central dash-top auxiliary cluster containing boost and oil temperature gauges, plus a chronometer – the red digital clock display within it looks every bit like it has come from the ’70s.

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