The VW Scirocco still delivers a strong combination of coupe-like style, space and ability. Starting to feel its age
If you like a stylish sports coupe for hatchback money, look no further than the VW Scirocco. With its aggressive nose, its sloping nose and wide wheel arches its certainly more distinctive than your average VW.
As soon as you step inside this car you can be in no doubt that it will be fun to drive. The flat-bottomed, chunky steering wheel feels very sporty and the seating position is low slung (although this can be raised) and the (optional) leather seats feel up-market. Everything feels well made and the controls have a lovely damped feeling to them.
All cars get front, side and curtain air bags, isofix fittings for child seats and ESP anti-skid control. Under the skin the Scirocco is pretty much a Golf, only it sits lower and is wider; especially at the back because it uses the Passat’s rear axle. These changes combine to create a more sporty driving experience.
What I like about this car is that whilst it is fun, it is also relaxing to drive thanks to adaptive chassis control (on all but the base model) which changes to suit your driving style and road conditions for the best balance of comfort and handling. This can be overridden in ‘Sports’ mode, but personally I’d leave it in normal mode and let the computer sort things out. Whilst handling is good, ultimately keen drivers will find the Renault Megane Cup is sharper.
Practicality is not the best for rear passengers. Whilst legroom, is fine, there is little headroom and the windows are quite small making it feel quite claustrophobic. The boot has limited space and the rear seats fold to leave a ridge. That said, for a stylish sporty coupe, it is still easy to live with every day. The 2.0- litre model is cheaper than a Golf GTi and there’s no doubt that it still turns heads.
Distinctive looks, attractive price, strong engine range