Volkswagen Scirocco GT 2.0 TDI

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Current page

149

Current page

150

Current page

151

Current page

152

Current page

153

Current page

154

Current page

155

Current page

156

Sharp handling diluted by the passage of time

Seven years after its launch, the Volkswagen Scirocco has finally received some revisions. While amounting to no more than the usual nip here and tuck there, after so long this alone would probably justify this review.

But that’s not why it’s here.

The minor modifications amount to the bare minimum VW could get away with while still being seen to be putting a fresh foot forward, and need not delay us here. The reason I recently spent a week in one is that I’ve not driven one in many years and those recollections I had of this smart yet spacious coupé were almost entirely positive.

Also, since its launch was so long ago that this regular slot did not exist, I’m fairly confident I’ve never reviewed any Scirocco for this title.

What I recall is a car that simply got on and did the job without fuss or drama. Unlike the previous-generation Audi TT it wasn’t a car more concerned with how it was perceived than how it drove, it was merely simple, honest and surprisingly effective. Not only was it quick – I can remember keeping up with all sorts of apparently far faster machines around the Bedford Autodrome because it was so accurate on the way into corners and so economical with the space it required at the exit – it made sense too. It might look cramped, but there’s actually room for four to sit in tolerable comfort, which is not something you’d ever feel inclined to say about the TT.

Driving the Scirocco today, it is clear that at least one of us has changed quite considerably in the intervening years, and not in a good way. The car delivered to me came with a 148bhp 2-litre diesel engine, which provided performance that was as accessible as it was unremarkable. While it provided predictably decent fuel consumption, the subtle flair and spark that so characterised this car all those years ago was notable only by its absence. And yes, it would have been better with a petrol engine, but its lack of outright power was not what bothered me: it was that the car was no longer fun to drive.

I took it out to mid-Wales to see where its character had been buried, but if it was lurking somewhere within, it was not possible to find it within the bounds of what can safely be achieved on a public road. It no longer felt that incisive as I turned into corners, the steering lacked feel and, while it would adjust its line if you were coarse with throttle inputs, the delicacy of old was missing. The ride was poor, too.

It is of course possible that time has played tricks on me and my memories of this car are rosier than they should be, but I don’t think so.

In fact I think the trick has been played on the Scirocco: time has marched on and, unwilling to move with those times, it has been left behind.

Factfile
£26,805

Engine: 2.0 litres, 4 cylinders, turbocharged
Power: [email protected]
Torque: 251lb [email protected] rpm
Transmission: six-speed double clutch, front-wheel drive
0-62mph: 8.6sec
Top speed: 132mph
Economy: 62.8mpg
CO2: 119g/km