Volkswagen Scirocco Road Test (2012)

Volkswagen Scirocco (Interior) (2012)

Volkswagen Scirocco Review

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The Scirocco has bags of style and is great to drive. What it lacks in practicality it makes up for in sheer panache.

Comfort and Refinement

For a sporty looking car, this Scirocco does not make too much aural fuss. The engine note is quite subdued, which is good from a low-fatigue viewpoint, but maybe does not provide quite as much aural interest as we would like. General refinement is pretty good.

Seat comfort is pretty reasonable in the front of the car, a bit less so in the back, where restricted kneeroom, quite cramped headroom and firm seat cushioning combine to make it a place you wouldn’t really choose to be for a very long journey. By coupe standards it is pretty much what you would expect, though.

Safety and Security

Six airbags are standard and the Scirocco has electronic stability aids to keep it safe on a tricky surface. It has a full five-star safety rating under the Euro NCAP crash test programme.The Scirocco comes equipped with a high-calibre electronic movement sensor alarm system.


The standard stereo kit that comes with the car is pretty good quality with reasonable sound, although if you are an audio connoisseur you might want to upgrade to something with a purer tone. Volkswagen Group’s satnav kit is intuitive to use and great for display clarity, although ideally the screen might be a bit higher up in the dash.

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What We Liked
  • Great looker
  • Sporty image
  • Grippy handling
  • Well-damped ride
  • Good chassis composure
  • Smooth responsive throttle
  • Volkswagen’s reputation for reliability
  • Holds its second-hand value well
What We Disliked
  • Rearward vision not great
  • Smallish boot and boot access quite restricted
What We Would Like To See
  • A wider view out of the back, better sight through the slot rear screen and past those thick rear pillars

The Scirocco has bags of style and is great to drive. What it lacks in practicality it makes up for in sheer panache. It’s a looker with great youthful appeal. It suffers from the classic coupe affliction of costing more for fewer doors, but this stylish VW is a fun drive with a great sporty image for reasonable money. We like it a lot.

22 October 2012 Sue Baker
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Volkswagen Scirocco Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolkswagen Scirocco GT 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology
Body Type3-door Coupe
ColourSalsa Red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph9.3 Seconds
Top Speed 129 mph
Transmission8-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban51.4 mpg
Extra Urban70.6 mpg
Combined62.8 mpg
Insurance Group22
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 22/10/12)£24,680

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