What is it?
Until the mighty Scirocco R arrives in December, this 2.0 TDI 170 GT version, fitted with the same 168bhp common rail diesel unit found in the Audi TT and Golf GTD, will sit at the top of the range.
The familiar Scirocco assets are in place – comfortable, well-built cabin; engaging looks; keen pricing – but by ramping up the power VW has hopefully endowed the diesel coupe with the performance that is missing from the slightly lethargic 138bhp diesel version recently launched.
What’s it like?
As with all Sciroccos in the range the 170 TDI is a polished all-rounder, which turns fault finding into nit picking. The interior is exceptionally well made for a car of this price, but despite the attractive bespoke seats that belong in an Alfa, it is a little dark and austere. The pillbox rear window restricts visibility and the side windows are shallow due to a 75mm drop in height over the Golf.
On the road it becomes clear that the fitment of the diesel unit substantially changes the character of the Scirocco. Plentiful levels of torque mean this car is easily as quick as the figures suggest, but inevitably it is dominated by its notable mid-range punch. Instead of ringing every last rev out of the Scirocco, as you would the petrol versions, the TDI becomes more of a GT, covering ground swiftly and effortlessly.