Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe full 9 point review
Even the entry-level (1.4-litre petrol) Scirocco is pretty brisk; it pulls smoothly from low revs and doesn't feel out of its depth on faster roads. The 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine comes from the Golf GTI, so it's not short of punch, while the 276bhp R's acceleration is nothing short of brutal. The more powerful diesel has plenty of pulling power, and even the lower-powered one is capable of smooth, fast acceleration.
Ride & Handling
The Scirocco's handling is grippy and predictable, complemented by plenty of steering feel and an electronic stability system that allows just enough playfulness before it applies its steadying hand. Most versions come with non-adjustable suspension that provides a pretty comfortable ride on all but the scrappiest surfaces. Dynamic Chassis Control is fitted to the R and optional on the rest of the range; it allows you to choose the stiffness of the suspension, but is best left in Comfort mode.
Coarse surfaces kick up some road noise, and there's a bit of wind noise at motorway speeds, but the Scirocco is far from wearing on a long journey. The petrol engines are silky smooth, and even though the diesels are rougher and noisier, they sound pleasingly rorty. The six-speed manual gearbox has a positive, precise action, and the DSG automatic is also smooth.
Buying & Owning
The Scirocco is well priced, while strong resale values mean you won't lose too much money when you sell it on. Fuel consumption will suffer if you use the car's performance to the full, but take it easy and economy should be pretty good; the 1.4-litre petrol managed a respectable 42.5mpg in our True MPG tests. The lower-powered diesel model gives the best economy, with a claimed average of more than 65mpg.
Quality & Reliability
Solid fixtures and fittings dominate the interior, which has an appealing sturdiness. Attention to detail is excellent, too: plip the remote central locking and the frameless windows drop a couple of centimetres to prevent them snagging when you open the doors. According to the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey, the car is impressively reliable as well.
Safety & Security
The Scirocco certainly doesn't skimp on safety equipment. Front, side and curtain airbags, emergency brake assist and stability control are standard. There are also active front head restraints to help minimise whiplash injuries, plus two Isofix child seat mounting points on the rear seats. Deadlocks and an alarm are fitted to deter thieves, and security experts Thatcham awarded the Scirocco above-average marks for resisting break-ins and theft.
Behind The Wheel
It's easy to get settled, thanks to plenty of adjustment to the comfortable seat and the flat-bottomed steering wheel. The triangular door handles are another neat stylistic touch, and there are simple rotary dials for the heating and ventilation. The standard touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use, but it's not the most responsive set-up we've ever tested.
Space & Practicality
There's plenty of space up front, but getting into the back requires a degree of flexibility and caution to avoid banging your head. Once seated, there's good kneeroom and plenty of space under the front seats to slide your feet. That plunging roofline means headroom is tight, though. There's enough room in the boot for half-a-dozen carrier bags, but the boot lip is high and you'll need to flip down at least one of the 50/50 split/fold rear seats if you want to fit in your golf bag.
The entry-level version comes with loads of standard kit, including 17-inch alloy wheels, air-con, automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth, a USB socket and a DAB radio. We'd go for GT trim, though, which adds sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloys and front and rear parking sensors. R-line cars have sportier styling, 19-inch wheels and leather upholstery, while range-topping R models get even sportier looks and xenon headlights.