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A chuckable, good-value version of the Scirocco

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Scirocco

Golf-based coupe comes at a surprisingly tempting price, but can it revive a classic name?

14 July 2008

What is it?

The entry-level Scirocco. Despite its diminuitive capacity, the 1.4-litre engine comes with Volkswagen’s ‘Twincharger’ system, meaning it boasts both a supercharged and a turbocharger, meaning it’s power figures aren’t far off those delivered by the 2.0-litre version. 158bhp (and 177lb ft of torque) are respectable enough, and equate to an 8.0sec 0-62mph time – just 0.8 seconds slower than the 2.0-litre.

What’s it like?

First impressions aren’t great. The engine sounds weedy but stick with it and you find this is a responsive unit that likes to rev.

Peak power comes at 5900rpm and once it gets going it feels quicker than the engine note suggests. Indeed, on the sort of twisty roads you might choose to head for in a compact coupe, the Scirocco 1.4 feels lively and responsive – and in some ways more fun than the heavier 2.0-litre.

Much of this could be down to the smaller wheels (17in compared to 18in) and certainly the fact that the 1271kg kerb weight comes in at 47kg less than the more powerful car.

There is a decent amount of steering feel, and it rides well thanks to well-controlled, soft suspension. Think of it as a chuckable, hard-revving hot hatch and you’re just about there.

Should I buy one?

If you’re looking for a comfortable coupe that also offers a good combination of affordable running costs and useable performance, this is a good option. It may not be the fastest car for the money, but it does feel both special and sensible enough to justify its price tag.

Ollie Stallwood

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15 July 2008

Ahhh, the good old less is more tale.

Smaller wheels, cheaper running costs and a whole lot more entertaining to boot!

When will manufacturers realise that the marketing departments aren't always right.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

15 July 2008

The VW Golf sector model range is so diverse now that it is just funny:

Golf - tried and tested, if looking a little tired

Golf Plus - Golf for tall people, or something

Touran - Golf for families

Golf Estate - Touran for frumpy folk

Scirocco - flattened Golf masquerading as coupe

Tiguan - Golf for people who wouldn't be seen dead driving a Golf

15 July 2008

I agree with Robotboogie

I have a mk 5 Gti, love it, but have to say, the whole VW range is a bit stale, im due a new car this october, and to be honest the scirocco isnt really lighting my fire like the Gti did 3 years ago, the interior of the scirocco is downright bland!, a sea of tutonic grey, dont they employ designers?

Would have to get one in viper green just to stay awake, think i'l plonk for a T5 instead.

16 July 2008

[quote RobotBoogie]

The VW Golf sector model range is so diverse now that it is just funny:

Golf - tried and tested, if looking a little tired

Golf Plus - Golf for tall people, or something

Touran - Golf for families

Golf Estate - Touran for frumpy folk

Scirocco - flattened Golf masquerading as coupe

Tiguan - Golf for people who wouldn't be seen dead driving a Golf

[/quote]

Haha, superb

Lots of written-on-the-morning-of-the-deadline errors in the article such as "both a supercharged and a turbocharger" and "it’s" in place of "its". Come on guys, you're writing for a magazine, not a school blog.

The piece finishes by stating that the Scirocco feels "special and sensible enough to justify its price tag", yet nobody knows what it costs. It just says TBA.

I feel less than illuminated.

16 July 2008

and what about the Eos?

17 July 2008

[quote HalfManHalfGeek] and what about the Eos?
[/quote]

Eos - sorry, really struggling to say anything interesting about the Eos. And I'm not the first.

24 September 2008

I still don't get it. By what definition is this a coupe? Oh, okay, it SORT of looks like one from the 3/4 low down angle if you squint and there's an R in the month and a full moon and you are wearing rose-tinted spectacles....

It also doesn't really retain any visual links to the original 'roccos, of which I have been a proud owner (of two Mk IIs, though admittedly it was always debatable about that model being a coupe.)

Having said all that... yes please, I'll have a 1.4 when they come out, in Viper Green if you don't mind. Ta.

25 September 2008

It seems totally illogical to pay more for less

a car with 2 doors that costs more than one with five. How is this possible?

25 September 2008

EOS what is that? some bodily discharge or skin complaint??

25 September 2008

Perhaps it stands for Every One a Sucker ?? meaning the buyers of these things?

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