The engine is smooth, and the gearbox works well in either auto or manual modes, although it could be slightly faster on up-shifts.
Modern electric power steering systems tend to be criticised for their absence of feel, but the Scirocco’s set-up performs well for a system of its type. There is a decent amount of feedback to let you know what the front wheels are up to and it’s relatively direct with good, progressive weighting.
The ride is decent, too; it’s certainly firm, as you would expect it to be, but never uncomfortable.
The exterior changes are quite subtle and it’s the same story inside. The cabin is largely as it was, which means it still offers a good driving position well placed controls – with the exception of VW’s habit of locating the door mirror control sideways on the door, making it less intuitive to use, especially when the interior door handle is so close.
All models now get a pod containing three dials, including the aforementioned boost gauge, which sits on top of the dashboard. It feels like a bit of an afterthought, but nevertheless, does jazz up the otherwise smart but functional look of the Scirocco’s interior. In the back it’s got two useable seats, which fold down to extend the 312-litre boot.
R-Line trim gets you electrically operated leather sports front seats, with the R-Line logo embossed in the headrests, faux carbon trim, aluminium pedals and sat-nav with a 5in touchscreen.
Outside the specification includes 19in alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, tinted glass, plus unique R-Line bumpers and side skirts.