Some cars are so well proportioned and elegant that they are truly timeless. Such a car is the Scirocco. We drove it with the smooth, velvet like 1,4 litre TSI engine, which makes it a sweet performer indeed...
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Stepping in the cabin of the Scirocco makes you instantly feel at home in the VW world. The intimacy of the sleek interior embraces you, your fingers touch the leather rimmed steering wheel, whilst your eyes glance over the classic round dials, everything falling nicely in your hand. Then there is the impeccable finish, the quality of the materials, the precision and smoothness with which everything functions, pulls and slides.
This Scirocco is built to last, and to please you for a lifetime, if you just let it.
Driving away convinces you, right from the first meters: the smooth clutch, the vibrationless engine, the slick gear change, this car breathes quality all over.
Coupled with the six speed transmission, the 125 hp unit develops just the right performance one needs in today's traffic, with true "Gran Turismo" character thrown in too. The ample torque this engine develops never leaves you wanting for more, and the in-gear accelerations are always quite impressive, and furthermore very smooth.
Outright acceleration figures leave nothing to be ashamed of: the Scirocco sprints from 0 to 100 in around 10 seconds, with a top speed of around 126 mph or 203 km/h. There is no need to rev the engine much above 4000 rpm, and indeed it develops its 200 Nm of torque between 2000 and 4000 rpm.
Staying in these lower rev ranges guarantees also very good consumption figures: over the entire test we achieved some 6,2 litres/100 km, and this with some very brisk driving included, is a very good figure indeed.
High speed cruising is excellent in this Scirocco, and this is a discipline wherein the Scirocco truly excels. Wind roar, tyre noise are very subdued and the engine is barely audible at higher speeds.
Town driving is also an undisputed pleasure, taking into account of course the somewhat lesser visibility of the coupé bodywork. Steering is light and precise, clutch take up is progressive and smooth, the engine is very forgiving, flexible and responds instantly to the slightest throttle movement.
Driven with spirit over winding country roads, the Scirocco certainly does not feel out of place, and the chassis is quite responsive and agile, although the car does not invite you to throw it around corners. Sporting driving pleasure can be had, but it is rather in Gran Turismo style.
The suspension setup is quite comfortable, and this makes the Scirocco therefore a very suitable long distance cruiser. Combined with good low speed comfort and excellent driveability, all this makes the Scirocco an excellent all round coupé. The Scirocco rides still on the Golf 6 platform, but despite this the Scirocco remains very up to date in any respect.
We liked very much the styling changes and enhancements fore and aft, the revised shape(s) of steering wheel, instrumentation and cabin detailing.
If you want a timelessly elegant coupé under the good VW sign, then the Scirocco is the car for you. Its curves and angles have lost nothing of their appeal and charm, the finish and build quality are of course beyond reproach.
Interior and luggage space is quite sufficient for a coupé, and on top of all that there is the marvellous 1,4 litre engine, one of the best four cylinder petrol engines around, which spoils you with velvet power, uncanny smoothness and mechanical refinement. Pleasantly brisk with surprisingly low consumption, this engine is, just as the car, timelessly up to date...and will guarantee you years and years of elegant and stylish driving pleasure.
Hans Knol ten Bensel