2010 Volkswagen Scirocco | new car review

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by

Is it a coupe or is it a ?

would have you believe the former, although the Scirocco still looks suspiciously like a hatch to us. Having said that, it’s a much more sporty-looking proposition than VW’s definite hatchback, the Golf. The Scirocco is a three door compact car, with a focus on rakish good looks and performance.

The Scirocco name dates back to 1974. Two generations of the car were produced until 1992, when it was phased out. But Volkswagen decided to revive the badge in 2008, and this is the result – a four-seater machine that uses quite a few components from the Golf GTI, including its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.

The motor produces 200bhp and is attached to a six-speed, dual clutch DGS gearbox, which makes for quicker and smoother shifts than a regular automatic. Gears can be changed manually using paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

With such a sporty focus, the Scirocco is not as practical as the Golf with only two bucket seats in the back and a fairly small boot, but it does its utmost to put a smile on the driver’s face. Features include sports suspension as standard and Adaptive Chassis Control as an option, which lets you choose between Sport, Normal or Comfort settings.

Available features include leather or Alcantara upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and satellite navigation, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard safety features include ABS, ESP electronic stability control, traction control and an electronic differential lock and Driver Steering Recommendation, which gives the steering wheel a nudge in the right direction should the Scirocco enter a skid. Front, side and curtain airbags are also included.

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