It’s based on the GT spec, but adds 19-inch alloys, a more aggressive front bumper and a new bodykit. Inside, there’s an R Line steering wheel with a perforated leather top and R Line heated leather bucket seats.
Embossed with an ‘R’ logo, they are much deeper and more supportive than those in the GT model. Well positioned chrome- look pedals complete the interior treatment, with standard kit from the GT including Adaptive Chassis Control, DAB radio and touchscreen sat-nav. Fit and finish are excellent.
The pack is offered across the range, but we tried it in the 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI. It’s the most efficient Scirocco you can buy, with a smooth power delivery and one of the best-sounding four-cylinder diesel notes out there. It’s not the fastest – with 0-62mph taking 9.2 seconds – but it’s quiet at idle and provides decent torque on the motorway.
The larger wheels mean that while the ride is firmer than on the GT – which has 18-inch alloys – it’s still excellent at ironing out bumps. The Adaptive Chassis Control has default, Comfort and Sport modes, and there’s a noticeable benefit in selecting Comfort around town. If you accelerate hard, however, the nose lifts as you move off; Sport mode makes the Scirocco feel much more balanced.
When you boil it all down, though, the R Line is merely a more stylish Scirocco for £1,525 more than the GT. It looks the part, but not all buyers will be drawn in by the extra glamour.