2009 Volkswagen Scirocco | new car review

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 by



Fresh for the end of 2008 came the revived VW Scirocco, and for many who could remember the original car from back in the 1970s, this was a welcome return of what, back then, was quite an iconic car.

The original Scirocco offered a little bit of sporty fun and flavour to the masses when it went on sale; it also offered a very groovy looking coupe-esque shape, and it seems that VW want to offer all of these good things to the car-buying public once more. Except now the Scirocco isn’t quite as keenly priced as it was, although the funky shape and sporty intentions are very much in evidence with the new, reworked car.

Although it has that coupe-esque shape to it, it is unlikely that many people out there will view it as a true coupe – many of the Scirocco parts are borrowed directly from the VW Golf, including the chassis and engines, and it is this association that may well put people off the coupe story, and many will simply view it as a cooler looking .

2009 Volkswagen SciroccoBut that’s fine, because this is a genuinely funkier alternative to the Golf for those who want a little more fun in their lives, however, it is not quite as practical as the Golf, thanks to a smaller interior that will only seat four, compared to the Golf’s five, a payback for that wild roofline.

The front end, while still harking back a little to the original car of the 1970s, is of course, fully reworked for the modern era of crash and pedestrian protection, although VW have made sure there is still a little of the wild-child flavour of the first incarnation showing through in the modern car.

The new Scirocco is full of aggression and wild styling and looks even better in the flesh than it does in photographs. The hooded, staring headlight eyes, the ultra-wide wheel arches and ‘chopped’ looking roof all come together to give the Scirocco a tougher than tough look that has already gone down very well indeed with the press and public alike.

2009 Volkswagen SciroccoThose that like the VW Golf will still no doubt like the Golf and probably still buy one over the Scirocco, however, those that think the Golf is a little middleclass for them and want to get in touch with their wild side, whilst still feeling the reassurance of VW build quality, will look very closely at the Golf’s cooler cousin; the Scirocco.

As we’ve said; the engine choices are the same as the Golf, namely a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder engine with both supercharger and turbocharger, as well as a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder unit. The 2.0-litre engine has 200bhp and 280Nm of torque on tap,coupled with a seven-speed DSG gearbox. This isn’t a budget car, but you can expect a grippy and responsive drive, a quality VW interior and few goodies that aren’t on the options list. And, of course, that cool new styling.
2009 Volkswagen Scirocco

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Price Range (AED) 120,000 onwards

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