Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016
- It has its own unique and stunning looks
- There is a good choice of superb engines
- It offers sharp handling and a refined ride
- There is limited headroom for the back-seat passengers
- The boot is awkward to access
The Scirocco is a much sleeker and sportier than the Golf that it’s based on. With its striking looks, aggressive front end and superb handling it makes for an impressive little hatchback. The interior doesn’t have as much of a wow factor as the exterior, but everything is perfectly placed, feels extremely well constructed and is of a high quality. It also provides very spacious and comfortable seating. The car comes with a good-sized boot too. The engines are the icing on the cake, though, with all of them recording sub-10 second times from zero to 60mph; and they’re all extremely smooth and quiet, even the diesels, which offer excellent fuel efficiency along with superb performance.
Exterior and Interior
All of the engines offered with the Volkswagen Scirocco are turbocharged and all of them go from a standing start to 60mph in under 10 seconds, so no matter which engine you go for, you are unlikely to be disappointed. The entry level 122bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine is the slowest of the bunch, reaching 60mph in 9.4 seconds, but is the most economical of the three, achieving 44mpg. The more powerful unit producing 160bhp is excellent equipped both with a turbocharger and a supercharger. It is capable of propelling the Scirocco to 60mph in just 7.7 seconds, which for such a small engine is impressive. It’s not quite as economical as the smaller unit managing 42mpg, but for the extra performance, it’s well worth it. If you’re looking for extra performance, though, go for the top of the range 2.0-litre TSI 200bhp edition which goes from 0-60mph in 7 seconds flat. The newer unit producing 210bhp is even quicker, accelerating in 6.7 seconds. It is also more economical, achieving 38mpg compared to the smaller unit’s 37mpg.
These new common rail diesel engines used in the Scirocco are far smoother and quieter than previous units used in Volkswagens. They also both offer a good combination of speed and economy with the smaller 140bhp unit reaching 60mph in 8.8 seconds and the car achieves 55mpg. The more powerful 170bhp unit is a full second faster, reaching 60mph in 7.8 seconds, whilst still achieving the same 55mpg. As such the 170bhp engine is our favourite. There is also a BlueMotion model that uses the entry level 140bhp unit, but has received a few modifications to increase the fuel efficiency to 62mpg.
Performance and Economy
The handling is fantastic! Thanks to the Scirocco’s low centre of gravity, and with the wheels being placed close to the front and back of the car, the Scirocco shows very little overlap. This means that there’s a huge amount of grip and in the corners the body control is excellent. The steering is perfectly weighted and precise with plenty of feedback for the driver. With the gearbox being perfectly smooth and accurate, it makes it a truly amazing coupe to drive. The GT models come with an adaptive chassis that has three suspension settings that can be selected for either a sportier ride where everything is sharpened up, or a more relaxed ride for country driving or on the motorway.
The only real problem is the lack of rear visibility due to the small back window and the thick rear pillars that makes parking tricky.
Like to Drive
Thanks to Volkswagen’s superb build-quality and reliability there are no serious problems to report on the Scirocco. The only thing we would recommend is to make sure that it has a full service history as this will help when it comes to selling it on, and give you extra peace of mind.
Services and repairs aren’t too bad either, coming in around the same price as for those of its rivals.