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.