Five Clas­sic Tri­als

Volk­swa­gen Corrado VR6

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -


There’s no rea­son why you shouldn’t be able to use the Corrado ev­ery day. Find one that’s been well looked af­ter and it should be more than ca­pa­ble of rack­ing up high mileages. The dash­board ma­te­ri­als and switches are sturdy, too, and there’s even enough room in the back for a cou­ple of adults to sit back hap­pily on shorter trips. The boot is plenty big enough for a cou­ple of shop­ping bags – though it’s not quite as deep as a stan­dard Golf’s – and the rear seats fold down for added prac­ti­cal­ity.


The key here is to find a Corrado that’s been pam­pered, has a healthy wedge of ser­vice his­tory and in­tact trim. Pick up one that’s ne­glected and it’ll feel de­cid­edly out-of­sorts on roads where it should shine, and the sup­ply of spare parts isn’t as healthy as it was a decade ago. But find your­self a good one, keep it ser­viced reg­u­larly and it should be a straight­for­ward car to look af­ter. Parts com­mon­al­ity with the Golf MkII and the wealth of VW spe­cial­ists both help, too.


There’s long been a healthy event scene for own­ers of clas­sic Volk­swa­gens – the Corrado will be wel­comed with open arms at Beaulieu’s Sim­ply VW show on 17 June, for in­stance, while later on this sum­mer there are Volk­swa­gen-spe­cific events at Tat­ton Park in Cheshire and Harewood House, near Leeds. It’s well worth sign­ing up with the Corrado Club of Great Britain, too – it reg­u­larly at­tends clas­sic and mar­que-spe­cific shows across the coun­try and of­fers plenty of sup­port for own­ers.


The VR6’s per­for­mance means that it’s more than ca­pa­ble of keep­ing up with to­day’s traf­fic and will hap­pily set­tle down on longer mo­tor­way trips with­out feel­ing strained. The ride is firm but the driv­ing po­si­tion and sup­port­ive seats are com­fort­able on longer jour­neys, though we sus­pect that any adults shar­ing the jour­ney in the back seats prob­a­bly won’t be as en­am­oured. It’ll hap­pily head to the Nür­bur­gring over a cou­ple of hours from Calais – and you’ll have a ball when you get there.


The VR6’s rev-happy power, com­mu­nica­tive steer­ing and sup­ple sus­pen­sion make the range-top­ping Corrado a joy on twist­ing roads. It’s a car that comes alive in this sort of ter­ri­tory – more so than the Golf that shares its nar­row-an­gle V6 – and makes you want to carry on scout­ing out more bends on which to en­joy its dy­namic tal­ents. It’s one of the best-sorted coupés of its era and more en­ter­tain­ing on a B-road, we’d ar­gue, than a Vaux­hall Cal­i­bra or Ford Probe.

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