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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

There’s quite a price leap within the Scirocco range from the rest of the line-up, and it's priced well above the likes of the Renault Mégane Renaultsport - even though it isn't notably better equipped.

We suspect that because other models in the Scirocco range border at times on being a veritable bargain, VW is asking this kind of premium on the Scirocco R because it can.

The Scirocco is definitely a more upmarket choice, something that's reflected in its price

In its defence, its residual values will look after you; it’s unique among hot hatch rivals in that it’ll retain more than 50 percent of its value over three years/60,000 miles, while servicing costs in that time are predicted to be far cheaper than those of key rivals.

Its CO2 figure undercuts its rivals, too, while we averaged a creditable 28.0mpg over a long run.