What is it?
This is the entry-level Scirocco but it now comes fitted with Volkswagen’s clever DSG gearbox.
Unlike the six-speed “wet clutch” DSG in the 2.0-litre Scirocco, this is the newer seven-speed “dry clutch” version, which VW says faster, with a shift time of two- to three-hundredths of a second.
The seven-speed unit has been developed specifically for smaller output engines. The dry clutch set-up is more fragile than the oil-bathed wet version, so VW warns against any excessive aftermarket tuning for this car.
Despite an extra cog, the 70kg seven-speed 'box is also 23kg lighter than the six-speed. The 1.4-litre four-pot may not sound to at home in a sports coupe, but thanks to a supercharger and turbocharger it makes a healthy 158bhp.
What’s it like?
We already know the Scirocco is a good car; and in many ways the DSG makes it even better.
In manual mode the gearbox is well suited to the eager 1.4, and it's a doddle to use.
The manual shifts are effortlessly smooth and, thanks to the twin-clutch technology, changing cogs is almost instantaneous, plus using the paddles behind the wheel allows more time to concentrate on the Scirocco’s finely judged chassis.