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.
- 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.
- Strong performance
- Sporty suspension fitted as standard
- Aggressive styling
- High price
- Very firm ride
- Poorly designed boot
The Volkswagen Scirocco R is the most powerful version of the handsome coupe available, offering 261bhp from its 2.0-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. The aggresively styled front bumper also features new LED daytime running lights, increasing road presence. The interior has received a similar treatment, featuring sports seats, alloy pedals and lots of very high quality, soft touch materials. It's also beautifully made. For a £1,300 premium buyers can opt for the six-speed twin-clutch DSG gearbox complete with steering wheel-mounted gear-shift paddles.