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Road Test: Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 TSI

Jun 12 2009 By Steve Hughes


At last a car with its own unique identity that doesn’t look like it’s been morphed from almost every other model on our roads today.

The reintroduction of Volkswagen’s Scirocco has been welcomed with open arms by any motoring fan who likes to see a manufacturer being a little bit brave and developing a distinctive and classy appearance.

Guaranteed to stand out in a crowd with its stunning bold lines, the Scirocco first found fame more than 30 years ago, but was ditched by VW in the mid-90s.

However, since its relaunch last year, it has been greeted with a fanfare of plaudits and accolades â€" and quite rightly so.

Stunningly good looks, an impressive array of classy features and an edge-of-the-seat drive are just a few of the attractions guaranteed to please, but the Scirocco is a whole lot more.

The 1.4-litre engine on the test model delivered plenty of power and the tightly grouped six-speed transmission ensured acceleration was both smooth and efficient.

Comfort levels are excellent with room for back seat passengers even of the taller variety and there are plenty of storage spaces throughout the cabin along with a generously sized boot compartment.

If I had to pick fault, which I should, then the visibility through the rear screen can only be described as virtually non-existent.

As well as being very narrow in depth, the view is obscured further by two giant head restraints on the back seat.

The spec levels on the Scirocco are most impressive with bundles of features included as standard.

There is a rain sensor with automatic dimming rear view mirror, electrically heated wing mirrors, semi-automatic air con with a dust and pollen filter, a cooled and lockable glove box, an USB and iPod connection plus outstanding audio system.

And the safety levels are first class too with anti-lock brakes, hydraulic brake assist, traction control, numerous airbags and plenty more.

But for me, the Scirocco is all about its performance and that certainly lives up to all expectations.

Out on the open road, it offered blistering pace and on narrow winding roads, its grip, acceleration and all-round handling were truly mind-blowing.

And all this for less than £20. Believe me, I have driven cars that cost double that and don’t even offer half the value.

So, to all those decision-makers at VW, here is one plea from a Scirocco fan â€" please don’t even consider ditching it again.

Fast Facts

* MODEL: Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 TSI

* PRICE: £19,110

* MECHANICAL: 160PS, 1,390cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

* MAX SPEED: 135mph; 0-62mph: 8 seconds

* COMBINED MPG: 42.8

* INSURANCE GROUP: 14

* CO2 EMISSIONS: 154g/km

* COMPANY CAR TAX RATING: 16 per cent

* WARRANTY: 3yrs/60,000 miles
 

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Thanks for posting that :clap: Glad others can appreciate that the baby Rocco is a pretty decent all round buy. Wish you could get a GT spec 1.4 :idea:
 

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42 mpg? Ha. Not driving it quick enough...

Yes, I know, it's the stated figure, but it's rubbish. After 1500 miles in 2 weeks I'm averaging 35.8. Others in 1.4s finding the same?

Correct about the transition though - I love how close 3/4/5 feel - lacking a bit of torque, drop a cog and go.
 

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phill1101 said:
Thanks for posting that :clap: Glad others can appreciate that the baby Rocco is a pretty decent all round buy. Wish you could get a GT spec 1.4 :idea:
I think the 1.4 TSI is probably the best value model in the Scirocco range providing decent performance with family saloon running costs (I know the 2.0 TSI is 0.8 sec quicker to 60 mph!). You have got the choice of fitting the GT items you want at sensible cost - eg the main GT extras: climate + interlagos + multi-function steering wheel cost £1.0k.
 

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another positive review! if it wasn't for the rediculous lead time there would be so many of these babys ont he roads.
thanks to VW and the recession, we shall remain "exclusive". Thanks Gordon!!!
 

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Quicker (as it should be) yes but better no. Compared to the 1.4 TSI engine the 2.0 TSI engine is a good but relatively old piece of VW/Audi engineering - the EURO 4 emission class gives the game away.
 

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tallguy said:
Quicker (as it should be) yes but better no. Compared to the 1.4 TSI engine the 2.0 TSI engine is a good but relatively old piece of VW/Audi engineering - the EURO 4 emission class gives the game away.
Have to agree with you. Now, if VW made a 2 litre version of the 1.4 engine that would be cool, reckon it would be about 230bhp standard and with a remap pushing 280-290......... :cool: :cool:
 

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tallguy said:
Quicker (as it should be) yes but better no. Compared to the 1.4 TSI engine the 2.0 TSI engine is a good but relatively old piece of VW/Audi engineering - the EURO 4 emission class gives the game away.
Have to agree with you. Now, if VW made a 2 litre version of the 1.4 engine that would be cool, reckon it would be about 230bhp standard and with a remap pushing 280-290......... :cool: :cool:
i do believe a 200ps twin turbo tdi is on the way :D
 

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Nice review... good to see the baby Roc gets a great write up
 
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