2012 Volkswagen Scirocco | new car review

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 by

The Scirocco name dates back to 1974. Two generations of the car were produced until 1992, when it was phased out. But 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.

The is available with two TSI engines that can be found on other Volkswagen hatchbacks. The smaller 1.4-litre TSI engine produces 160bhp and is attached to a seven-speed dual clutch DGS gearbox, which makes for quicker and smoother shifts than a regular automatic. The larger 2-litre TSI inline-4 cylinder engine produces 207bhp and can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Scirocco R variant gets the same 2-litre engine but it is tuned to produce 255bhp and gets the same gearboxes as the regular 2-litre variant.

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.



1.4-litre: AED 99,000 – AED 106,000
2.0-litre: AED 125,000 – AED 140,000
R: AED 150,000 – AED 165,000


1.4-litre inline-4
Max power: 160bhp
Max torque: 240Nm

2-litre inline-4
Max power:
Max power: 255bhp (R)
Max torque: 280Nm
Max torque: 330Nm (R)


7-speed automatic
6-speed automatic (2-litre)
6-speed manual (2-litre)

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