VW Scirocco 2.0 Tsi
Way back in 1974 Volkswagen wheeled out the first Scirocco. Designed by Giugiaro design the concept was simple: an affordable and good looking coupe. Two generations were built… then in September of 1992 it all came to an end and VW wasn’t saying when and if it would ever return.
16 years on, comes the third generation Scirocco. Aesthetically, this new coupe proudly gives us an idea of Volkswagen’s future style. And a lot of what you see here will be also seen on the Golf 6 later in the year.
It is a kind of high-performance mini-estate that has shed its past and has a 100% modern look.
While it still has a round shape, it oozes a certain aggressiveness without lacking finesse…more to the point, the style is both feminine and masculine…one thing is sure, we are going to see a lot of Sciroccos on the road.
There are four engines to choose from: a 140 brake horsepower diesel and three turbo petrol motors ranging from 122 to 200bhp. Down the road there will be a 170 horsepower 2-litre Tdi proposed. All of these engines are associated with a six-speed gearbox…but a seven-speed DSg box can be had on option an all the engines up to 160bhp. For the 200 horsepower Scirocco there is also a double clutch six-sped than can be had for a bit more dosh. And this just happens to be fitted in our test car. This engine-gearbox combo turns a mild mannered Scirocco into a sport coupe that anyone can get behind the wheel of. And the interior is classic VW: top quality material and finish and a well thought out ergonomics and it is a proper 2+2 coupé to boot.
But hold on, the Scirocco isn’t a sport car by nature: the front axle is heavy, it tend to under steer…a lot…, and that’s with the DCC system set on sport mode, with the idea that it works in concert with the chassis. What this means is the suspension adjusts in real time to the road conditions. There are three modes on offer: normal, comfort and sport, which is the only mode where the system also reacts to steering.
We must admit, we were expecting the Scirocco to be sportier….having said that, it is comfortable, safe and does a reasonable job when it comes to handling…and we can take solace in the fact VW might one day come out with a Gti version.
Volkswagen has done a good job with its revival project… not always an easy task, but this third generation Scirocco is quite a nifty little car.