Pricing announced for the updated Volkswagen Scirocco hatchback, which gets new styling and a revised range of engines
9 July 2014

Order books have opened for the facelifted Volkswagen Scirocco, with the updated hatchback now on sale with prices starting at £20,455.

Having made its debut at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, first deliveries of the model are expected in October.

Among the changes brought to Wolfsburg’s six-year-old coupé are a series of subtle exterior styling changes, higher quality interior fittings and a new line of four-cylinder engines, including a 276bhp version of Volkswagen’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit in the new top-of-the-range Scirocco R.

Distinguishing the 2014 Scirocco from the existing model is a series of detailed exterior styling changes including a re-profiled front bumper, lightly reworked grille, new bi-xenon headlamps, reshaped LED tail lamps, a revised opening mechanism for the tailgate incorporated into the Volkswagen badge at the rear and a reworked rear bumper with a black diffuser element.

Standard models continue to roll on 17-inch wheels, although buyers can choose between optional 18-inch and 19-inch rims that include the traditional Talladega wheels fitted to the Scirocco R. Volkswagen has also widened the choice of exterior colours, adding new white, red and grey tones as well as additional metallic violet and gold hues.

The subtle changes continue inside with a new instrument binnacle taken from the Golf GTi and detailed trim changes to the dashboard. In a homage to the original model – launched 40 years ago at the 1974 Geneva motor show – the upgraded Scirocco also receives a set of additional gauges for turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and a stopwatch.

Under the bonnet of the upgraded Scirocco is a range of new or upgraded four-cylinder engines with greater power and improved economy than the units they replace.

The direct-injection petrol engines now include a 1.4-litre unit offering 123bhp and a 2.0-litre engine available in 177bhp, 217bhp or 276bhp tunes – the latter representing a 15bhp increase on the old EA113 turbocharged 2.0-litre engine in the Scirocco R. Joining them from the outset is Volkswagen’s 2.0-litre common-rail turbodiesel with 148bhp or 181bhp.

As before, buyers are be able to choose between a standard six-speed manual and, in all but the base 1.4-litre car, an optional six-speed dual-clutch gearbox offering both manual and automatic modes. Both units receive an automatic stop-start function and brake energy recuperation. As tradition dictates, the Scirroco continues to be sold in front-wheel-drive guise only.

All engines meet Euro 6 emissions sandards, and return between 35.3mpg and 67.3 mpg. The cleanest engine on offer is the 2.0-litre TDI, which emits 109g/km of CO2, while the 2.0-litre TSI emits 148g/km.

Prices for the Scirocco start at £20,455 for the entry-level 1.4-litre TSI, and rise to £29,520 for a top-spec 2.0-litre TDI in R-Line specification. Prices for the Scirocco R start at £32,295.

Additional reporting by Darren Moss, 8 July 2014

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9 July 2014
Wait. The Scirocco R, with 20bhp less and 2wd, is £2k more than a 3 door Golf R? Madness!

9 July 2014
I don't remember the original Scirocco having a set of additional gauges on the top of the dashboard, surely it was just a couple of them low down in the centre console. Manufacturers are continually coming out with this sort of contrived, sentimental guff these days (witness all the Twingo/ R5 comparisons). It would be more accurate to say the dials were a homage to the Focus RS.

9 July 2014
When the new Scirocco came out I thought it looked like the illegitimate offspring between a Mk V Golf and an early '90s Honda Civic that got dropped on its head as a baby. The "facelift" cannot fix this as the hard points in the structure require a full redesign. The original did have its gauges down low but I am sure in the interest of the safety hags that all axillary gauges must, or strongly encouraged under pain of losing an NCAP star, be as high up as possible. At least it makes them easier to sight.

9 July 2014
Just so that I am clear, this still sits on the old Mk5/Mk6 Golf platform, right? I guess that explains why it has the Mk6 Golf dashboard.

PS - it still looks like it an elephant sat on it.

9 July 2014
Yeah it's indeed still using the same old platform as the Mk5 Golf; maybe there's a method to their madness but I'm not keen on the idea of buying a new car that's using an aged platform that was introduced 10 years ago in the Mk5 Golf when the current Golf is a Mk 7 one. The styling doesn't bother me too much, but it just looks too similar, inside and out, to the last update and barely different to when it came out in 2008. Yep, there was a update previously which was very slight and involved newer updated engines and interior, exactly like this one right now.

It's such a shame this particular VW seems so poorly neglected; virtually every other model in the VW range has been replaced with an all-new model, while this has just stood still. It's six years old now, so it really needs all-new replacement. Granted, at least they gave this 2014 Scirocco the newer updated engines found in the current Golf.

9 July 2014
AHYL88 wrote:

Yeah it's indeed still using the same old platform as the Mk5 Golf; maybe there's a method to their madness but I'm not keen on the idea of buying a new car that's using an aged platform that was introduced 10 years ago in the Mk5 Golf when the current Golf is a Mk 7 one. The styling doesn't bother me too much, but it just looks too similar, inside and out, to the last update and barely different to when it came out in 2008. Yep, there was a update previously which was very slight and involved newer updated engines and interior, exactly like this one right now.

It's such a shame this particular VW seems so poorly neglected; virtually every other model in the VW range has been replaced with an all-new model, while this has just stood still. It's six years old now, so it really needs all-new replacement. Granted, at least they gave this 2014 Scirocco the newer updated engines found in the current Golf.

And people bang on about Dacia using he last Clio platform....

9 July 2014
No way can anyone tell me that the gauges on the top of the dash is homage to the old Scirocco.
I remember well media and the public alike slating Ford for putting these in the Focus RS, with comments such as tacky , boyracer like, and too busy- But of course its a VW with a few styling cues nicked from Ford and it is OK?
I take this with a pinch of salt....

9 July 2014
Factczech wrote:

No way can anyone tell me that the gauges on the top of the dash is homage to the old Scirocco.
I remember well media and the public alike slating Ford for putting these in the Focus RS, with comments such as tacky , boyracer like, and too busy- But of course its a VW with a few styling cues nicked from Ford and it is OK?
I take this with a pinch of salt....

Didn't the Alfa 156 have them on top of the dashboard too?

9 July 2014
A new model is needed not a facelift. This thing is already out of date.

10 July 2014
this is symbolic if consistency was taken more seriously, that, an all new sirocco will be out in 2-3 years time. they want to clean up the parts bin with soft updates first.

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