You do notice the firm stance of the suspension on an unevenly surfaces B-road...
Ride and Handling
The Scirocco’s ride and handling characteristics give it a fun-to-drive feel that will please a keen driver. The sleek and relatively low-slung body gives the car a nicely squat stance on the road which helps nail it through the bends. It feels grippy and poised on a twisty country road where it is in its element.
It is a pretty smooth motorway cruiser too, with big reserves of power in hand to make a 70 mph M-road journey easy and relaxed. Over a sustained high-speed cruise it is smooth and comfortable.
You do notice the firm stance of the suspension on an unevenly surfaces B-road. The damping is relatively stiff, although not to the point of feeling overly harsh or at risk of rattling your dental fillings. It is cushioned just enough to iron out all but the more severe potholes. Don’t expect a limousine ride though, because the Scirocco is set sportier than that.
Ease of Use
There are some nice touches in the Scirocco. A new feature has been added to the 2014 cars, paying homage to the original Scirocco of forty years ago. It is a neat little row of instruments that sit on top of the dash panel, with three dials to give you a clock, oil temperature read-out and turbo boost gauge.
They are the highlight of a generally upgraded cabin that gives the post-facelift cars a classier interior ambiance with upgraded materials and a tidier layout. The centre console has undergone a redesign that has smartened up the area around the gear lever. A nice touch is that the steering wheel now has a flat-bottomed design – copied from a Golf GTI - for a sportier feel.
The Scirocco doesn’t have a huge boot, but at 312 litres it is pretty reasonable for a car with this kind of coupe styling, and it is extendable to a useful 1,006 litres by folding the rear seats.
You can’t tow with a Scirocco, which could be a small disadvantage to some, although it is not the style of car most likely to appeal to anyone with a caravan or boat to lug around.