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Volkswagen Golf R, Scirocco R news - Golf R vs Scirocco R: cheapeR or fasteR? - 2009

Back in September, we showed you VW’s natty head-to-head advert and asked which hot VeeDub you’d take home: the Golf R or Scirocco R?

Now Volkswagen has released prices for its pair of hyper-hot sort-of-hatches, and the majority of you who opted for the Scirocco (actually, the majority of you went for the Focus RS, but we can’t help feeling you weren’t really playing by the rules) should feel vindicated: when it goes on sale in the UK next February, the ‘Roc will cost £26,945, undercutting the Golf by two grand.

Don’t forget you get slightly less power from the Scirocco (261bhp plays 266bhp) and only half the driven wheels.

The Golf R has permanent four-wheel drive while the ‘Roc remains front-drive only, giving the hatch the edge over the coupe in the 0-62mph battle: the Golf will nail the sprint in 5.7 seconds, while the Scirocco takes a lethargic 6.0 seconds.

Both of those times drop by point-two of a second if you spec VW’s DSG gearbox, which’ll cost you £1,300.

So, now you know the prices, would you still take the Scirocco over the Golf? Or is that £25,000 Ford Focus RS still too tempting?

Or even, as the new issue of Top Gear magazine on sale this week poses, the new £22k Renault Megane RS?

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