Volkswagen Scirocco

The Volkswagen Scirocco is designed to look stunning from every angle, and features aggressive headlights and a curvy rear end, which means it looks like nothing else on the road. On the inside, the cabin is very high quality, although the coupe roofline and three-door body limits rear seat space. The Volkswagen Scirocco handles very well, particularly if you go for the optional adaptive suspension. The engines deliver great performance. The range-topping Volkswagen Scirocco R is very expensive, but is great fun to drive.

Volkswagen Scirocco coupe

£20,455 - £29,520
3 Doors
4.2 / 5
  • Stylish design
  • Good to drive
  • Practical interior
  • Bland interior design
  • Boot is tricky to access
  • Rear seats aren't very comfortable

Taking its name from a warm wind that blows across the Mediterranean, the Volkswagen Scirocco is just a little bit hotter than the old Volkswagen VW Golf on which it's based. Its flowing, sporty design and suspension set-up makes it a great choice for keen drivers.

It's comparatively expensive next to the Golf, with prices starting from around £20,000 - but the good news is that all versions are good to drive, and the rear seats offer a surprising amount of space.

Volkswagen Scirocco R coupe

£32,295 - £33,795
3 Doors
2.9 / 5
  • Strong performance
  • High quality interior
  • Sporty styling
  • High price
  • Cheaper and faster rivals
  • Impractical boot

The Volkswagen Scirocco R is the most powerful version of the handsome coupe available, offering 276bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. It possesses similar performance figures to the Renault Megane Reanultsport and Ford Focus RS. Retaining the standard model's front wheel drive layout, the Scirocco R sits lower on huge wheels and features a new spoiler and wide-set twin exhaust pipes - it's instantly recognisable as the top-of-the-range, performance model. A revised front bumper features aerodynamic 'blades' and the new headlights give the car a fresher look. The interior is of the excellent finish and quality we have come to expect from Volkswagen, and has much in common with the latest Volkswagen Golf.

New Volkswagen Scirocco Coupe

3 Doors
3.9 / 5
  • Sophisticated design
  • Excellent range of engines
  • Decent boot for a coupe
  • Could be more fun to drive
  • Too conservative for some
  • Strict four-seater

Volkswagen's coupe – the Volkswagen Scirocco – competes with rivals such as the Peugeot RCZ, Vauxhall Astra GTC, and the BMW 2 Series. It's conservatively styled, but pretty nonetheless, while the interior has all the solidity of the Volkswagen Golf and more character. The Scirocco doesn’t have the swept-back styling of some coupes, but it does have four usable seats and a decent-sized boot. There's also a strong range of engines to choose from, with the two diesels proving the most popular versions. The Scirocco R is the model to buy if you are looking for serious performance.