More From VW - The Volkswagen Scirocco

The Volkswagen Scirocco has been revived by the German company some 30 years after the last one rolled off the production line.
The third generation of the car has sharp lines and offers a fine drive with excellent handling and great engines.


The Volkswagen Scirocco may have coupe-esque looks, but it is still surprisingly practical for everyday use. Up front there is plenty of space and while access to the rear is a bit tight the front seats easily slide forwards so you don’t need the flexibility of a gymnast to reach the back seats.
Once seated in the rear there’s good knee room and plenty of space under the front seats to slide your feet - so long journeys are anything but a chore.
The boot offers 292 litres of space - enough for the weekly supermarket shopping - and the rear seats split and fold 50/50 to provide the extra room needed for, say, a set of golf clubs.
There are several nice touches on the Scirocco. Press the remote for the central-locking and the frameless windows drop a couple of centimetres to prevent them snagging when you open the doors.
The cabin’s fixtures and fittings are solidly made and good to look at, so should stand the test of time.
Volkswagen has a good track record for reliability and the Scirocco is expected to maintain this reputation.

Life Style

The Volkswagen Scirocco is one of the most striking cars in its class with a large honeycombe-style grille giving it a strong face, while a sculpted body and muscular rear flanks ensure it has great road presence.
The cabin isn’t quite up to the standard set by the exterior, but it still looks good with a quality fit and finish to everything.
Triangular door handles are a neat stylistic touch, and a touch-screen control panel for the stereo is complemented by silkily damped switches and rotary dials for the heating and ventilation systems. The door panel inserts and sports seats are finished in a classy, meshed weave, and there’s a generous range of adjustment for the chunky, leather-covered, flat-bottomed steering wheel.
VW fit the Scirocco with Adaptive Chassis Control which alters the feel of the car to suit the type of road and how it’s being driven.
On fast winding roads, ‘Sport’ mode stiffens up the suspension and sharpens the steering while ‘Comfort’ provides a more cushioned motorway experience.
It makes the Scirocco great to drive as the handling is safe and predictable with good levels of grip.
This is complemented by plenty of steering feel and an electronic stability system that allows just enough excitement before it applies a calming hand.
Going flat-out confirms the Scirocco’s excellent high-speed stability and ability to keep wind noise at bay. The DSG semi-auto and the six-speed manual gearboxes are neat and precise.
The Scirocco will prove a popular choice for company car owners who want something a little different
As far as the environment is concerned, for a reasonably high performance coupe the Scirocco is pretty good, thanks to its efficient engines.
Even the most powerful version emits just 179 g/km of carbon dioxide, which is good for a 200bhp car.

Security and Safety

The Volkswagen Scirocco does a good job of guarding against theft with deadlocks and an alarm part of its arsenal
The Scirocco doesn’t skimp on safety equipment as it boasts front, side and curtain airbags, large-diameter brakes and electronic stability control fitted as standard. Volkswagen also fit active front head restraints to minimise whiplash injuries in the Scirocco.

The Finishing Touches

The Volkswagen Scirocco comes with a host of goodies including electric windows and mirrors, a CD player and remote central locking, dual-zone climate control, a leather steering wheel and sports suspension.
The Scirocco also has 18-inch alloy wheels fitted as standard, while options include a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, leather trim and touch-screen satellite-navigation.

Volkswagen Scirocco Car Review Summary

The Volkswagen Scirocco manages the neat trick of being good to look at and practical for everyday use. It offers something a bit different from the norm and this is highlighted by the engines offered. The entry-level 1.4-litre petrol power unit may seem small but a combination of supercharging, turbocharging, and light weight gives the Scirocco a sparky performance. Step up to the 2.0-litre petrol and the Scirocco gains real pace while the 2.0-litre diesel is also no slouch although it isn’t as smooth.
All engine choices come with a manual gearbox, while VW’s superb DSG transmission is offered as a cost option.