Since 1974 the Volkswagen Scirocco has been wowing people all around the world. What’s most surprising about this is that it disappeared in 1992 only to re-appear in August 2008. What I really appreciate about this vehicle is that when it was re-introduced Volkswagen were very careful not to overly mess with the design. They changed it with the changes it would have received had it not disappeared in 1992.
Inside and Out
Styling of this vehicle is fantastic. The lines are all perfectly slick, the bumpers are R-styled and the thunder alloy wheels suit the vehicle down to the ground. Another plus is the colours which are available with the vehicle. I tested a brilliant “candy white” colour, but if this isn’t for you it is also available in “Salsa Red” or “Indium Grey”.
Inside the vehicle is laid out perfectly with plenty of head and leg room to the front. This is a three-door hatchback, so therefore there isn’t a massive amount of space in the back, but this is to be expected.
With the GTS you can expect to get lovely GTS-specific sports seats, which hug your back, and the general dash area and centre console is superb.
The stats on this vehicle are attractive enough. The 2.0litre TDi in the GTS I drove offers 177hp and according to Volkswagen it will take you from 0-100km/h in just under 8 seconds. The 2.0litre four-cylinder engine, it is claimed, will offer your vehicle a top speed of 222km/h. If you opt for the 2.0litre TSi engine, which I haven’t tested, the horsepower on offer will be 210hp – which means that in terms of power and performance this might be the better choice for petrol-heads. The GTS is available with a DSG automatic gearbox but with the test car I had a manual gearbox.
The diesel engine is smooth and it might even leave potential owners confused as to whether or not they are driving a petrol or diesel. I imagine however that if you were to try them both on the same day telling them apart wouldn’t be a problem.
The ride is bumpy enough but this because of the firm tuning of this vehicle. It’s steering is spot on and certainly did not throw many problems in front of me.
On paper Volkswagen tells us that the combined cycle fuel economy of this vehicle is 5.1l/100km. I achieved nowhere near this.
Price: €34,845 – €42,145
Tax: €280 at current Irish taxation rates
Compare this to: Volkswagen Golf, Renault Megane GT Line (mainly for price reasons, the style is similar enough but performance is nowhere near), Volkswagen Scirocco Sport (if you’re not worried about power and like the style prices for this start from €27,895).