My German date accompanied me around Sydney on a whirlwind visit to the harbour city from my Melbourne home. Fun fact: Scirocco is the word used for a hot and dusty breeze that blows from North Africa across the Mediterranean.
The Volkswagen Scirocco is a style statement for a conservative brand, so you wouldn't catch it dead somewhere dreary. Perhaps a snooty gallery opening?
Cut roofline, high waist, snub proportions, big wheels. Yeah, the Scirocco is a looker alright. Best thing VW has done since the Karman Ghia.
Look, it's comfortable and well specified, though the infotainment system feels a touch dated now. Love the dashtop instruments including the boost gauge. The biggest gripe is the outward visibility, which is bad even for a low-slung coupe.
It remains much more plush and refined than a Megane RS. The 188kW/330Nm 2.0-litre turbo engine is ageing, but still sounds raucous, especially in the DSG's sport setting. It's generally a sharp handler, with excellent turn-in and communicative steering. Urban ride is actually an excellent compromise, though it can struggle at times to put its power down.
Outward visibility and dated touchscreen aside, not much. Perhaps the fact that Volkswagen detunes that rorty little engine here compared to the Euro version due to our climate. That's not VW Australia's fault, really.
A family of two people maybe? Actually, there is a bit of legroom and headroom back there, though with those narrow side windows it's a touch claustrophobic. Good luck getting child seats in and out unless you have octopus arms. But this isn't marketed as a family car so no issue there really.
The Scirocco is covered by Volkswagen’s capped-price servicing program – but don’t assume that means it’s cheap to maintain. The first four services at 12-month/15,000km intervals will set you back $3060. As with all Volkswagens sold in Australia, the Scirocco gets a three-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and matching roadside assistance.
Well, at $48,490 plus on-road costs, the pricing remains steeper than the newer and more polished Golf GTI ($41,990-$44,490). It's also about bang-on with a top-spec Renault Megane RS, which is a sharper car in the bends, albeit not as luxurious.
The definition of a one-nighter. It's actually a comfy and liveable coupe, but at the end of the day, it's all about the looks.
A Golf GTI fan who never carries more than one passenger and wants to stand out from the crowd.