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Volkswagen Scirocco review
19.01.2017 02:38

The VW Scirocco still delivers a solid combo of coupe-like fashion, space and ability, but is starting to feel its age

The VW is poised and vice free on a twisting road, but the latest Audi TT or BMW 2-Series feels far more lively and agile, while a SEAT Leon SC (Cupra or standard) edges ahead for overall composure. It was best-in-course in 2008, but things change in a huge pace nowadays. The standard adaptive dampers ensure the ride is not excessively solid if you stick to the relaxation setting, but on the optional 19-inch wheels (standard on the R-line), the Scirocco can thump a bit too much over poor surfaces. The truth that the latest-generation Golf handles and rides with more polish also makes the coupe feel a bit dated.

Top-spec R badged models provide the greatest thrills, with a 276bhp turbocharged engine. However should you prefer something a little easier to live with, pick the GT version. It gives the 207bhp 2.0-litre TSI from the old Golf GTI and delivers powerful torque, if not the same linear delivery as newer engines. Instead, you are able to have the GT with the punchy 2.0 TDI diesel, featuring either 182bhp or 148bhp. The firm;s Adaptive Chassis Control does pay dividends in the Scirocco, yet. Picking the 'Sport' setting stiffens the dampers, and sharpens throttle and steering results. The extra weight added to the steering might become tiresome yet, so there's a helpful 'Individual' manner at which you are able to mix and match your favourite settings, and save the configuration.

Using a range of efficient engines and also the promise of strong residual values the Scirocco allure to the head together with one's heart. The 2.0 TSI petrol handles a claimed 47.1mpg and emits 139g/km, while the top of the range 2.0 TDI assures 74.3mpg and 109g/km. Click here The business's clever entry level 1.4 TSI petrol is worth contemplating as the most economical buy and still handles 52.3mpg with 125g/kilometer. The hotrod R is obviously the most high-priced 'Roc to run, offering only 35.3mpg and 187g/kilometers. Kit degrees are mostly powerful, with all autos getting touchscreen satnav and Bluetooth in addition to alloy wheels and DAB radio. The R now profits from 19s as normal, as does the R-line trimming. Yet, even top-spec models force you to pay additional for niceties like electric folding door mirrors and also a colour display between the plainly marked instrument dials.

The VW Scirocco was written by the organization 's current chief of design Walter de Silva, and for the facelift, the automobile continues to be left largely unchanged. Meaning you get a coup that is more compact hatchback than sports car, even though the broad grille, bulging rear wheelarches and windows that narrow towards the back give it a distinctive look. The upgrades center around the lights and bumpers, with LED tail lamps now standard over the range, while the headlights are really new along with the front fender takes styling cues from the newest Golf GTI. Unless you're a diehard VW fan, you'd be hard pressed to notice bigdifferences, but they do accentuate the car's appearances. And while it lacks the concept car bravado of the Peugeot RCZ along with the classic proportions of the new BMW 2 Series, there is no doubt it still turns heads.

The GT trim gets 18-inch wheels, front foglights and dark privacy glass for the rear windows. Sportier R-line trimming uninterruptible power supply the kit-count with leather sports seats, 19-inch alloys, and also a subtle bodykit. However, with a starting price of almost 27,000 it's quite pricey - the GT is considerably better value at 22,305 for a more straightforward spec. Sadly, whichever version you choose, the cottage fails to live up to the outside's trendy standards, since it is here where the Scirocco extremely begins to show its age. Build quality is solid, but the dashboard -- inspired by the Eos coupe-cabrio's -- is old fashioned compared to the most recent in the Golf Mk7, for instance. There's tons of old-generation switchgear, too. Still, you get decent kit amounts, with leather seats and two-zone climate control, while brushed aluminium inserts around the instruments set the higher-spec versions aside from entry-level Sciroccos. The facelift ushered in the Mk7 Golf's newer steering wheel with new talked controls, together with an updated infotainment touchscreen, but the Scirocco still feels like a fundamentally aged auto with a few trinkets, which hurts it a bit in what's essentially a trend-conscious marketplace.

Unlike most coupes, the Scirocco is not merely a glorified two seater. It lets you take three adult passengers -- although the low roofline and shallow windows make things a little claustrophobic for those in the two sculpted rear seats. Tinted rear glass and dark interior materials do not help either. You can't even spec tan leather in some variants to brighten the ambience.


At least the rear seats fold to improve the deep boot's capacity to a healthier maximum of 1,006 litres. That is impressive, although with the seats in place the 312-litre region is 78 litres down on a BMW 2 Series. Plus, while the Scirocco's hatch tailgate is easy, the high load lip makes it tricky to lift in big items. (Carfax.com)It's a whope pile better than the neqw Audi TT for passengers or luggage, however. Honda Accord Cars Visibility isn't great through the VW's repaired rear headrests and letter box-shaped back display, so it is a good job rear parking sensors are conventional. Additionally included in the long list of gear are an air-conditioned glovebox, Bluetooth hands-free along with a multifunction steering wheel.

The Scirocco has only been mildly facelifted, so all of the good-proven mechanical parts are carried over and poor reliability should not be an issue. But owners have reported problems in our Driver Power 2015 survey, probably because of the car's age. It only slipped into the top 100 list for brand new autos. The business's network also finished 22nd out of 31 dealers in our 2015 survey, an improvement on last time. But it's still below firms like Citroen and SEAT. The Scirocco earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating back in 2009, even though the test is far tougher now, or so the auto will be likely to earn a lower score if it had been analyzed. Standard safety kit includes six airbags, ABS with brake assist and tyre pressure monitors.

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