The big question for the excellent styling and impressive performance of the VW Scirocco is why more people don't choose to drive one. If they did, they would find a car that is eager to impress for performance and its handling brings confidence. However, the interior is like any other VW and while it is all well-designed and put together, it just feels as if more of an effort could have been for such an incredible car.
The sixth generation VW Scirocco is exciting to drive, it handles beautifully since it's based on the VW Golf's chassis and comes in five specifications. The top of the range is the special edition R. The mid-range GT is probably the pick of the crop with the 2.0 litre TSI petrol engine. However, the best economy comes with the GT coupled to a 2.0 litre TDI BlueMotionwhich will return 63mpg on the combined cycle. This compares well with the Sirocco's 2.0 litre diesel which returns 53mpg while the entry-level 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine will manage 54mpg.
Needless to say, with the Sirocco being made by VW, the car feels solid and well built; it's a very safe car and has electronic stability control, as well as traction control to keep the Scirocco on the road. There's also electronic brake force distribution and six airbags. In addition, some of the VW Sirocco range comes with adaptive chassis control which is tailored to meet any road condition though anyone looking for a fun and testing drive to see what the Scirocco can really do should opt to use 'Sport' which will stiffen the suspension and help sharpen the steering. The manual gearbox is excellent though the DSG automatic version can be a tad sluggish. This isn't a cheap car but there is lots of equipment on-board to help make it more attractive; depending on the model chosen there will be dual zone climate control, alloy wheels, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity and dusk sensor. There's plenty of space on board, though tall adults may find the rear seats a squeeze while the driver and passenger get bucket seats to help keep them in place should the Sirocco ever be put through its paces.
Why not have a look at the Scirocco on the official Volkswagen UK company web site and get the latest news about the Volkswagen Scirocco in the UK at The UK Volkswagen Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the Volkswagen Scirocco on the Top Gear web site.
When it comes to handling, the Sirocco really is a joy to drive and it will do everything asked of it. While the car is spacious, the boot is on the small side but the rear seats will fold down to create space of 1,200 litres. There's also a few cubbyholes and bins to keep items in. So why don't more people who love great cars drive the VW Scirocco? It is definitely not, as some may say, a top end VW Golf in a fancy dress; the Sirocco is a class apart and deserves to be a better success.
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