- Beautiful design
- Impressive Interior
- Fun to drive
- Boot space isn’t the most practical
- Expensive insurance
- No satnav as standard
VW’s stylish coupe is best in class
When the Volkswagen Scirocco was first introduced in 1974, it was billed as Volkswagen’s “hot new car”. Named after the powerful saharan wind, the Scirocco was designed to cater to the needs of buyers who wanted a sporty design, exceptional performance, without compromising too much on practicality. The latest incarnation, reintroduced in 2008 after a 16 year absence, meets these needs with aplomb. It is as beautiful to look at as it is fantastic to drive, and there’s also enough room for it to still be used as a small family car. There’s little wonder that the Scirocco carries the Top Gear best in class award.
VW build quality, exceptional design
The interior of the Scirocco is what we’ve come to expect from Volkswagen. It’s well put together, there’s high grade materials, but there’s also some beautiful design touches that match up to the stunning exterior. And with decent space, and nearly all models coming well-equipped, the Scirocco is an extremely impressive package.
When you step into the Scirocco you’ll be struck by just how Volkswagen the design is. VW uses a similar design throughout its range, and for good reason. It works, and it works well. There’s solid soft-touch plastics used throughout, controls are slick, and there’s nice sporty touches, with additional dash-mounted dials, reminiscent of a rally car, particularly impressing.
For a 3-door sports coupe, the space offered in the Scirocco is quite impressive. It’s obviously not got the biggest boot in the world, but compared to an Audi TT, it’s much more practical. It’s not the most useable, with a high boot lip, but with 312 litres of space, you’re going to have enough room for the weekly shop, which is something you don’t often see in cars in this class.
Equipment wise the Scirocco is pretty impressive. Even the most basic models come with automatic lights and wipers, air-con, 17” alloy wheels, and an impressive infotainment system, that incorporates a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. For those who want a sat-nav however, you’ll have to go for the GT trim or above.
The inside of the Scirocco really is a well-thought out space. The quality throughout is impressive, and design is functional, with some sporty flourishes. There’s enough kit to keep nearly everyone happy, and though space isn’t the most practical, there’s still enough room for most people's day-to-day lives.
Entertaining without being uncomfortable
For most people who are looking at buying a coupe, an engaging driving experience is going to be somewhere near the top of the list of requirements, and the Scirocco doesn’t disappoint.
Suspension and Chassis
Whilst some of the cars in the VW range aren’t the most agile in their class, the Scirocco is much more entertaining. Steering is accurate, there’s plenty of grip, and it’s more importantly fun, making B-road blasts that little bit more exciting. It’s not quite as much fun as an Audi TT, but it’s certainly not dull, that’s for sure.
You might expect a car that handles so well to be let down when it comes to comfort. The Scirocco is however a refined ride in almost an situation. The suspension comfortably irons out bumps and potholes, making long motorway drives a breeze. There’s also very little in the way of body roll, so travel sickness won’t ever be an issue.
Gearbox wise, there’s a couple of options in the Scirocco range. The 6-speed manual transmission is the one that is most common throughout the range, and this is precise and engaging. There’s also an optional 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic, which is similarly impressive, though it can be a little jumpy around town.
Everything from pacy, to blisteringly quick
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Scirocco, you’ve got the usual two suspects: petrol, or diesel. There’s options here to please the eco-friendly, the money-conscious, and the serious petrolheads.
If performance is of primary importance to you, the best car in the range is the ridiculously quick petrol-powered 2.0 TSI R, which packs in an extraordinary 280bhp. This is enough to have you flying from 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds. There’s not many cars out there that are going to mount a serious challenge to this monster.
If you’re more interested in saving the planet, the Scirocco range includes the fantastic, diesel-powered 2.0 TDI BlueMotion. This engine emits only 109g/km of C02, which sits it in the lowest paid tax bracket. So you can help the environment, whilst also saving yourself some pennies. For those who are particularly interested in saving money, this model is also the most fuel efficient. VW claim that you can get up to 67.3mpg, which for a sports-orientated coupe is impressive.
Whichever engine you go for in your Scirocco, you can be assured that all engines in the range are built to exceptionally high standards, and have enough pace about them to put a smile on your face, without costing you an arm and a leg.
Full marks on NCAP safety tests, impressive safety equipment
Like most cars in its class, the Scirocco easily achieved the highest-possible 5-star NCAP safety rating, achieving scores of 87% in adult protection, 73% in child protection, and 71% in safety assist. There’s also good levels of standard safety kit, with the usual array of airbags, electronic stability control, and an emergency brake assist system. You’ll certainly feel safe in a Scirocco.
Surprisingly low running costs
The Volkswagen Scirocco offers buyers fantastic value for money. This obviously depends on which model you go for, but most cars in the range come with relatively low C02 emissions, which means low level emissions tax, and surprisingly solid fuel efficiency. Only the super-fast R model bucks the trend, but what you lose out for in day-to-day costs, you more than make up for with power.
Insurance wise the Scirocco is again, relatively decent. The cheapest model in the range is the entry level 1.4 TSI (122bhp) (Nav), which finds itself in group 18, ranging up to group 39 for the top of the range 2.0 TSI BlueMotion Tech R speed machine. The Scirocco isn’t the cheapest car in the world to insure, but it compares well to competitors.
Depreciation after the first couple of years, is actually very positive for the Scirocco. Buyers understand the importance in purchasing a solid, desirable car that will last, therefore the Scirocco seems to hold its value. Like most cars though, the first couple of years can see rapid depreciation from list price, and what with the Scirocco being so well built, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
Volkswagen’s latest “hot new car” really does live up to its billing. The Scirocco is fun to drive, has a range of impressive engines, and exceptional interior, and has a build quality that you’re unlikely to find in many other sports-oriented cars on sale today. Add in decent levels of space, and impressive standard kit, and the Scirocco proves itself to be an exceptionally impressive package.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st year depreciation cost of 40%.