Competitively priced and a reasonably sound investment
The Scirocco is well priced, while strong resale values mean you won't lose too much money when you sell it on.
Fuel consumption should also be pretty good, especially if you opt for a diesel or the 1.4-litre petrol. In fact, the 148bhp diesel managed an impressive 51.6mpg in our real-world True MPG tests, while the 1.4 petrol scored 42.5mpg.
The R version won’t be cheap to run, however, in part due to its higher insurance costs and worse fuel consumption.
Company car drivers will be best served by the lower-powered (148bhp) diesel, which has the lowest CO2 emissions – meaning affordable company car tax rates – and the best fuel economy.
Service intervals can be up to every two years or 20,000 miles, and VW offers a pre-paid plan that covers the cost of routine servicing for the first three years or 30,000 miles.
Volkswagen Scirocco equipment
Generally well equipped for the money, especially GT versions
Entry-level Sciroccos come with a decent amount of kit, including 17-inch alloys, air-con, automatic lights and wipers, and Bluetooth connectivity. You get a decent media system, too, but if you want satellite navigation you’ll either have to pay extra for it or move up to GT trim.
We’d go for a GT version, because besides adding sat-nav, it comes with dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, 18in alloys and a host of interior upgrades that boost the Scirocco’s visual appeal.
Avoid the GTS, since it can’t really justify the premium it commands despite having a powerful engine and plenty of styling extras.
R-line cars have sportier styling, 19in wheels, leather upholstery and heated front seats, while range-topping R models get even sportier looks and xenon headlights.
It’s a shame that cruise control is a cost option on all versions, however, especially if you’re paying more for one of the upmarket trim levels.
Volkswagen Scirocco reliability
Few reliability issues
According to our latest customer satisfaction survey, the Scirocco is impressively reliable, with few reported problems.
Volkswagen has a strong reliability record, too; it finished near the top of all the manufacturers featured in the same study.
A conventional three-year/60,000-mile warranty is standard, while extended cover, up to a maximum of five years or 90,000 miles, is available.
They’re not the cheapest warranties on the market, but they may be worth it if you’re going to keep your Scirocco for a long time – especially if your car is a harder-worked performance model or a more complex diesel one.
Volkswagen Scirocco safety & security
Ticks all the boxes
The Scirocco certainly doesn't skimp on safety equipment. Front, side and curtain airbags, emergency brake assist (which automatically applies maximum braking pressure if the system detects that you haven’t braked hard enough in an emergency) 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. There’s little in the way of the latest safety aids, however, such as lane keeping assist or blindspot monitoring.
This version of the Scirocco has not yet been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the pre-face-lifted model was tested back in 2009. It was awarded the maximum five stars, with scores of 87% for adult occupant protection, 73% for child occupant protection, and 53% for pedestrian protection.
An alarm and engine immobiliser are fitted to deter thieves, and security experts Thatcham awarded the Scirocco five out of five for resisting being stolen, and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
The basic Scirocco is fairly well equipped and gets 17in alloys, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, air-con and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. You don’t get creature comforts such as sat-nav or parking sensors, though, so we’d recommended a GT model.
Our pick GT
You’ll pay a notable premium for a GT over an entry-level Scirocco, but it’s worth it. Besides larger (18in) wheels, you get a host of extra kit, including sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, and front and rear parking sensors. This is the spec we’d go for.
Cosmetic upgrades are the order of the day with the R-line versions. You get a bodykit, 19in alloys, unique badging and lots of trim upgrades. Heated leather seats are also included, but R-line trim makes the Scirocco expensive, partly because it cannot be combined with the lower-powered engines.
This adds mostly styling extras, and can be had with bespoke stripe decals if you wish, on top of the red brake callipers and the aggressive-looking R Line styling pack. It also gets leather upholstery and heated front seats, but is too expensive to be really recommendable.
The most expensive version of the Scirocco is offered only with the 276bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine. It comes with lots of visual upgrades inside and out, along with lowered sports suspension, adjustable shock absorbers and bi-xenon headlights.