Volkswagen Scirocco

Volkswagen Scirocco Motability car frontThe Volkswagen Scirocco has recieved the mildest of upgrades after its initial release in 2008, externally there is a redesigned front bumper, daytime running lights, LED tail lights and a reshaped rear bumper, on the inside there’s a new set of dials and an auxiliary instrument cluster above the centre console showing oil information and turbo boost, keeping the teenager in you happy. The Scirocco is a three door sleek coupe based on the Golf, in fact the mark five and not the new mark seven version, still there is no denying that the Sirocco is a looker, the wide arches, large wheels and super interior space (312 litres of boot space and room in the back for two adults) give it a practicality on top of the ability to turn heads. The direct competitor is the Vauxhall Astra GTC which offers a boy racer charm that eludes the Scirocco, it is also attracts a lower Advance Payment but the Scirocco remains reassuringly expensive.

 

 

Volkswagen Scirocco motability car inside

Two versions are available to mobility customers, the base model the GT, the entry level car has 17″ alloy wheels, multifunction leather steering wheel, touchscreen CD/DAB radio, Bluetooth, air conditioning, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors and electric windows. In order to fully appreciate the Scirocco we would recommend moving up to the GT trim as it includes front and rear parking sensors, 18″ alloy wheels, climate control, front fog lights, touch-screen satellite navigation/radio system and privacy glass.  Sadly Cruise Control is a £245 option across the range, which is poor for a car this luxurious.

 

 

Volkswagen Scirocco motability car rear

Three engines are available for the Scirocco to mobility customers, a 1.4 litre petrol with 125bhp and a 2.0 litre diesel with either 150. The diesel unit is the pick with either a six speed manual or six speed dual clutch automatic, economy is impressive with a claimed return of 62.8 miles per gallon for the automatic and 67.3 for the manual, acceleration is brisk with a 0-62 mph time of 8.6 seconds and a top speed of over 130 miles per hour. If you are ad-versed to diesel power or your mileage is low enough to make a petrol a better value offering the 1.4 petrol (only available as a 6 speed manual) is excellent, 0-62 miles per hour can be reached in 9.3 seconds with a top speed of 126 miles per hour, economy is competitive with a claimed return of 52.3 miles per gallon.

The Astra GTC may be cheaper, better equipped and a tad more progressive in the looks department but for no other reason than personal taste we would willing spend the extra money (if we had it) on the Scirocco. Sadly the Limited Edition Black Edition and the 181bhp engine are no longer available.

Summer Best Buy – Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4TSI 1.4 petrol 6 speed Manual   –  £499 Advance Payment  (£62.62 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Volkswagen Scirocco ‘GT’ 2.0 litre diesel 150 bhp 6 speed Manual   –  £1999 Advance Payment  (£945 wpms) or £2749 (£1695 wpms) as an automatic.

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