Review

Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe

£20,735 - £29,875

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.