Volkswagen SciroccoMay 14, 2008
Beating Spirit Volkswagen Scirocco Review
Model/Engine size: 2.0 TDI CR
Fuel economy combined: 55.4 mpg
The Volkswagen Scirocco is a refined and practical sports coupe that is also great to drive and capable of 55.4 mpg.
It is a welcome sign of the times that there are now a plethora of coupes capable of achieving fuel economy figures that would have embarrassed superminis just a few years ago. The Scirocco is one of the most desirable of the lot thanks in no small part to sharp styling which changed little from show car to production.
VW has a great reputation for build quality but driver involvement and aggressive styling were off the menu until the latest generation of models. The Scirocco looks great and has the ability to back this up with sharp handling helped by the standard Adaptive Chassis Control which allows three damper and steering settings to be selected.
The 2.0 litre Common Rail diesel engine is available in two states of tune, but it is the lower-powered version which achieves the best fuel consumption. The downside is that it leaves the Scirocco with just enough performance to live up to the looks. If you want a little more, the higher-powered option is faster and almost as efficient.
The Scirocco is keenly priced which may lead you to suspect that corners have been cut inside. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. Everything feels thoroughly well-engineered and it makes the cabin a great place to spend time.
The Scirocco is great looking, good to drive, very well built and it is even decently specified with the Adaptive Chassis Control and dual zone climate control being particularly welcome standard kit. Given the solidity and polish it is decent value too which makes it one of our favourite coupes.
Fuel economy extra urban: 67.3 mpg
Fuel economy urban: 42.8 mpg
CO2 emissions: 134 g/km
Green rating: VED band E – first year £110
Weight: 1379 Kg
Company car tax liability (2010/11): 18%
Price: £21,355 (From £18,860 to £29,805)
Insurance group: 12
Power: 138 bhp
Max speed: 129 mph
0-62 mph: 9.3 seconds