Review

Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe

Price  £20,735 - £29,875

Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Distinctive design
  • Wide range of engines
  • Surprisingly practical
Cons
  • Not the sharpest drive
  • Noisy diesel models
  • Four seats only

At a glance

The greenest
GT 2.0 TDI 150 PS BMT 3dr £25,305
The cheapest
1.4 TSI 125PS BMT 3dr £20,735
The fastest
GT 2.0 TSI 220 BMT 3dr £26,125
Top of the range
R Line 2.0 TDI 184 PS BMT DSG 3dr £29,875

"It's not as fun to drive as some rivals, but the Volkswagen Scirocco is a well built and practical coupe with a strong range of engines and stylish looks." 

The Volkswagen Scirocco is a coupe that rivals models such as the Renault Megane Renaultsport, Audi TT, Peugeot RCZ, BMW 2 Series and Vauxhall Astra GTC.

For 2014, the Scirocco was given a facelift, with fresh headlights, bright LED rear lights and revised bumpers. Inside, the car is largely unchanged, bar additional dials on top of the dashboard that pay tribute to the old Scirocco.

Volkswagen hasn't given the Scirocco eye-catching looks like some of the competition, but it's still smartly styled and its conventional body shape allows for a more practical interior.

With access to Volkswagen's excellent range of engines, the Scirocco can be fitted with everything from a basic 1.4-litre TSI petrol to the top-of-the-range 276bhp 2.0-litre petrol in the Volkswagen Scirocco R, which we’ve reviewed separately.

Offering the best balance of performance and economy is the 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel. Buyers can also choose between a six-speed manual and Volkswagen's six-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

There are three trim levels – the basic Scirocco, plus GT and R-Line models. The standard car has equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a touchscreen display, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and air-conditioning.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.2 / 5

Basic Volkswagen Scirocco coupes are cheap to run, although they’re not particularly efficient

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

The engines available for the Volkswagen Scirocco coupe offer both power and fuel-efficiency

Interior & comfort

3.5 / 5

The Volkswagen Scirocco offers a high-quality interior and comes with lots of kit as standard

Practicality & boot space

2.8 / 5

The Volkswagen Scirocco is a reasonably practical coupe let down by a few minor flaws

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The Volkswagen Scirocco is reliable and safe, but owners have criticised its practicality

What the others say

3 / 5
based on 1 review
3 / 5
"To drive it's fairly unexciting, and its definitely not cheap, but it still looks great - and to most buyers in this sector that's all that matters, otherwise you’d buy a Golf."

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