Review

Volkswagen Scirocco coupe

The Volkswagen Scirocco is a coupe that rivals models such as the Renaultsport Megane, Audi TT, Peugeot RCZ, BMW 2 Series coupe, and the Vauxhall Astra GTC VXR. For 2014, the Scirocco has been given a facelift and it gets fresh headlights, bright LED rear lights, and revised bumpers. Inside, the car is largely unchanged bar the additional dials on top of the dashboard pay tribute to the original Scirocco.

Volkswagen may not have given the Scirocco the eye-catching looks of some of the competition, but it is still smart 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 the basic 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine to the top-of-the-range 276bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine in the 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 automatic gearbox.

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