10.2.2010 VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI review
Lots of style for the money. This sharp handling, two-door coupe looks nearly as striking as the original 1970's model penned by Italian design master Giorgetto Guigiaro, yet is practical - though watch out for the sweep of those long doors. With diesel power there's strong performance and economy. Interior oddment space and rear vision are both poor but the boot is a decent size though smaller than a Golf's.
Review by Russell Bray for Next Green Car.com
Very acceptable thanks to VW's lusty, well-proven 138bhp, 2-litre common rail turbo diesel engine; so only rarely would I have liked the extra 30bhp of the GT version. The engine pulls effortlessly from 1,700rpm. Maximum power arrives at 4,000rpm. Rest to 62mph took 9.3 seconds. Top speed was 129mph. A continental holiday improved average fuel consumption from 42.2mpg to 50.1mpg and even 61.1mpg at one point helped by the long sixth gear and slippery body shape.
Though it's based on the Golf chassis, the Scirocco is lower and wider and handles more sportily with less understeer going into corners. All UK Sciroccos come with switch adjustable dampers (shock absorbers) with settings for comfort, normal and sport so you can tailor your drive to road conditions and your mood. The six-speed manual gearbox has a slick change. A double-clutch automatic with gear changes using paddles behind the steering wheel is £1,305 extra.
Shaped from the striking 2006 Iroc concept car, the Scirocco got most of the looks without them being diluted as much as usual with concepts. The wide front grill, and headlights built into the flared wheel arches, make the Scirocco look sportily low and wide. Unusually for a VW the badge is on the bonnet. Wide rear haunches give the car a racy style from the back too. Length 4256mm. Width 1810mm.
COMFORT & CONTROLS
A steering wheel delivers more feel for a car than anything else and the chunky, leather-rimmed one in the Scirocco is great. The driver's pew looks fine but there's a ridge on the cushion near your coccyx. The rear seats are well shaped and you can fold them down for longer loads.
Dashboard is a blend of Golf and Eos Convertible; neat without being flash. Rear vision poor because of small back window and non-folding rear head restraints. Order parking sensors.
MPG & RUNNING COSTS
Official fuel economy: Urban 42.8mpg, extra-urban 67.3mpg, combined 55.4mpg. This translates to a fuel cost of around 10p per mile. Carbon dioxide emissions of 134g/km put the Scirocco TDI in band E. Annual road tax is £120. Insurance group 4. Warranty covers three years/ 60,000 miles. Body guarantee 12 years.
With third generation common rail diesel technology and Piezo crystal injectors to control fuel input and reduce emissions, the Scirocco with its diesel particulate filter to further cut down on sooty smoke during starting and acceleration scores well considering the car is aimed at the sporty minded driver. A sensible compromise and a good driver can influence fuel figures when in the mood. CO2 emissions of 134g/km are certainly very good for its class, as is the Next Green Car Rating of 37.
Standard equipment includes adaptive chassis control, alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, climatic air conditioning; rain sensor wipers, automatic headlights, auto dimming interior mirror, electric windows and door mirrors, leather-trimmed gear knob, handbrake grip and steering wheel; front sport seats, cooled and lockable glovebox.
Test car had optional £1,235 DVD colour touch-screen navigation/radio system with 30 GB hard drive, SD card reader, MP3, WMA and DVD video data files compatibility and auxiliary multimedia socket.
Model tested: Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TDI CR
Engine/CO2: 138bhp 2.0 litre, turbo-diesel / 134 gCO2/km
Trim grades: CR, GT, R
On-road price: From £18,860 (1.4TSI petrol), £21,365 (TDI diesel)
Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles
In the showroom: Available now
Review rating: 4.5 STARS
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