It's easy to get settled in the Scirocco, thanks to plenty of adjustment to the comfortable seat and the flat-bottomed steering wheel. Every version comes with a height-adjustable seat, although even with the seat as low as it’ll go, the driving position still isn’t as low and sporty as that in some rivals.
A 12-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat is optional, but can’t be specified with the heavily bolstered Recaro front seats available in the R version.
There’s a fixed central armrest as standard, which improves comfort on longer trips.
The control layout is conventional and easy to navigate, and the cabin is pleasingly uncluttered.
Volkswagen Scirocco visibility
A high waistline and small windows mean limited visibility
The Scirocco isn’t the easiest car to see out of, because the side and rear windows aren’t particularly tall, and the front pillars are thick; you have to lean forwards to look around them at junctions. The steeping rising windowline and chunky rear pillars badly restrict your over-the-shoulder view, plus they mean that anyone sitting in the rear seats won’t have much to look at, either.
GT versions and above come with front and rear parking sensors; these can be specified on the entry-level Scirocco, but you’ll pay a fair amount for them. An optional rear-view camera and a self-parking system are also available on all versions but the Scirocco R.
Volkswagen Scirocco infotainment
Decent touchscreen system on all models; basic versions don’t get sat-nav
Entry-level models come with a 6.5in touchscreen media system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB and iPhone connectivity, a CD player and an aux-in socket. The system works well, despite being a little sluggish at times, but it looks quite dated and doesn’t feature sat-nav.
Move up to a GT version (or pay extra) and you’ll get sat-nav, although the screen size drops to 5in. It’s still not a particularly modern system, however, and lags behind those from Audi and BMW.
A slightly more modern voice-controlled sat-nav system, with a 6.5-inch colour screen and a 30gb hard drive, is available. It costs a lot, though, even on the more upmarket trims.
An upgraded audio system with a subwoofer is available for a reasonable price.
Volkswagen Scirocco build quality
Solid build quality and fine attention to detail
The Scirocco may look a little dated inside compared with its newer rivals but, credit where it’s due, it’s put together very well indeed. Solid fixtures and fittings dominate the interior, while all the switchgear feels sturdy and operates in a slick, precise fashion.
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.
Neat touches such as a cluster of additional dials on the dashboard top add to the Scirocco’s high-end feel, as do the smart triangular door handles.
The only downside is that the trim quality could be a little better in places; the likes of the Audi TT feature better materials throughout.