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

Price 
£20,735 - £29,875
3 Doors
3.9 / 5
Pros
  • Distinctive design
  • Wide range of engines
  • Surprisingly practical
Cons
  • Not the sharpest drive
  • Noisy diesel models
  • Four seats only

Volkswagen's sporty coupe – the Volkswagen Scirocco – competes with rivals such as the Peugeot RCZ, Vauxhall Astra GTC and BMW 2 Series. It's conservatively styled, but pretty nonetheless, while the interior has all the solidity of a Volkswagen Golf's, but with more character.

The Scirocco doesn’t have the swept-back styling of some coupes, but it does have four useable 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 Volkswagen Scirocco R is the model to buy if you're looking for serious performance, and we’ve reviewed that separately.

Volkswagen Scirocco R coupe

Price 
£32,575 - £34,075
3 Doors
2.9 / 5
Pros
  • Strong performance
  • High quality interior
  • Sporty styling
Cons
  • 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.