Compare Volkswagen Scirocco vs Renault Megane (1:1)
While the Volkswagen Scirocco is getting to be a more common sight, the R is likely to remain rare on Britain's roads and gets lots of attention. With its spoked alloy wheels filling the arches, the R looks like a life-sized Hot Wheels model. The rest of the look changes are subtle but add up to make the most-expensive Volkswagen Scirocco more aggressive. An edgy bodykit, gloss black grille and door mirrors, smoke tinted lights, drainpipe exhausts either side of the back bumper and dark tinted back windows make for a tasteful transformation.
While it might be a rakish coupe, the Volkswagen Scirocco is surprisingly practical for this type of car. It is a strict four-seater though, with two back seatings fitted with three-point seatbelts for back passengers. the back seatings split 50:50 and fold down easily to give 1006, litres of luggage room. The traditional boot holds 312 litres, but does have a high lip, meaning items have to be lifted high over it. owing to its small back windows, the Volkswagen Scirocco does suffer from poor back visibility which makes back parking sensors an attractive feature.
Costing just under ¼30k the Volkswagen Scirocco R is suitably well-equipped with LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights, remote locking and alarm, auto wipers, auto lights and dimming mirror, electric door mirrors, USB and Ipod connection, touchscreen media system with six CD autochanger and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Renault Megane Renaultsport 250 coupe is a subtle yet aggressive-looking vehicle. Glossy black bumpers and wing mirrors, smart alloy wheels, a back air diffuser, a centrally-positioned exhaust and LED daytime running lights come as traditional.
This vehicle suffers from back seatings that are as claustrophobic as those of the Volkswagen Scirocco, although there is just about enough space for two adult passengers. Back visibility is poor, but at least back parking sensors are traditional. The oddly-shaped boot lacks the carrying capacity of key competitors though.
The sportiest Renault Megane 250 Cup is well equipped. Back parking sensors, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, heated door mirrors and sports seating is traditional. The Non-cup version is more premium, with leather heated seatings, auto wipers and lights and conditioning.