Volkswagen Scirocco Review (2012)

Volkswagen Scirocco (Rear Side View) (2012)
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Volkswagen Scirocco Review

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By coupe standards, the Scirocco is reasonably practical. With 312 litres of boot space, though, it is just a bit more cramped for standard luggage room than its arch-rival, the Vauxhall Astra GTC.

Ride and Handling

This car’s driving calibre is engaging. It rides well and has impressively grippy handling. Over a wide variety of surfaces, the Scirocco is composed and mostly shrugs off the undulations, only jarring over the most severe potholes. Cornering is very well controlled and flat, with negligible body roll. Throttle balance is excellent, the Scirocco’s power delivery under acceleration is smooth and linear. Steering feel is alert and communicates very informatively precisely where the wheels are pointing. The Scirocco’s driving dynamics are a good match for its charismatic look.

Ease of Use

It’s a coupe, so by the very nature of its design it is not the easiest of cars for rear seat access. That may not bother you if you rarely plan to use the back seats, or only as a platform onto which to sling your briefcase or handbag, but bear it in mind if you have small children or elderly relatives who may need installation in the back. There is a price to be paid in mild inconvenience for the benefit of having a car that has this kind of visual style.

By coupe standards, the Scirocco is reasonably practical. With 312 litres of boot space, though, it is just a bit more cramped for standard luggage room than its arch-rival, the Vauxhall Astra GTC. Another relative disadvantage is the Scirocco’s quite tight boot aperture, that doesn’t give you a particularly generous space for inserting larger luggage into the boot.

Rear headroom is quite meagre, too, so expect a few adverse comments if you give your taller friends a lift and let them shoehorn themselves into the back. The car’s swept-back styling also has an adverse affect on rearward vision. The shallow rear screen gives a letter-box slot view through the rear mirror, and any reversing manoeuvre calls for extra care due to restricted sightlines. Just as well that rear parking sensors are available as an option. It is one particularly well worth having with this car.

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