Scirocco GT 2.0 TDI 150PS
Brits certainly like Sciroccos
after China, the UK is the second
largest market world-wide for the
Scirocco, with over 4,000 of VWs
muscular two-door, four-seat sports
coupes taking up residence here
last year alone...
THE RANGE HAS A SCIROCCO FOR EVERY FAN from those who
lust after its looks but still want economy to those who want it because of
its looks and for its dynamic ability. Four trims levels are available: Scirocco,
Scirocco GT (the likely best-seller expected to take over half of all sales),
Scirocco R-Line and Scirocco R.
For those drivers keen to keep costs down there will be something suitable under
the Scirocco's bonnet: six turbocharged, direct-injection petrol or diesel engines
comprising 1.4 and 2.0-litre petrol units plus a 2.0 diesel that between them
cover the power spectrum from 123 through to a beefy 280bhp. Fuel consumption
figures run as high as 67.3mpg and even the 155mph R model manages
35.3mpg despite demolishing the 0-62mph sprint in 5.5 seconds.
perhaps the best mix of miles-per-gallon and miles-per-hour is the GT 2.0 TDI.
It's available with either a six-speed manual or DSG autobox, the stick-shift
version of which we put through its paces last week.
Trying to make every
drop of fuel go as far as
possible on real
(not rolling) roads is
and we have to
say that its
the Scirocco handle
the kind of handling that
puts a smile on your face
and then keeps it there
all day long...
First, let's get the official economy figure out of the way. As everybody knows,
replicating the EU-generated lab results in the real world is not easily done;
and is sometimes nigh-on impossible. Making it harder to get every drop of fuel
to go as far as possible on real (not rolling) roads is even trickier
and we have to say that it's all Volkswagen's fault!
Because they've gone and made the Scirocco handle. And it's the kind of handling
that puts a smile on your face and then keeps it there all day
So while you may start out with noble ideas (or, more likely, purely financial
motives) about saving fuel, in reality the Scirocco first seduces and then rewards
you with its dynamics to the point that you realise mpg is not the be-all and
end-all of motoring life.
Here at MotorBar we do tend to drive our test cars fairly hard but not
just to indulge and quantify the fun factor we want the average
motorist to get the same, or better, mpg from their new car that we recorded.
Over the course of a hard-driven week 'our' 2.0-litre TDI manual six-speeder
averaged 47.2mpg. For a more-ishly driveable sports coupe that was pretty good
and, as you can guess, involved a lot of smiling!
At a wieldy 4.3-metres long the Scirocco shows off classic coupe proportions
a low, wide stance that benefits from a low centre of gravity.
It puts its power down through its front wheels and from the off the very first
thing you grasp is how 'planted' it feels on the road.
Handling is wieldy and well balanced; it conducts itself well when pressing
on, grips through corners with minimal body lean, steers precisely (with the
bonus of decent feedback) and scrubs off speed with composure.
And, in case your enthusiasm gets the better of you and you overcook it, there's
a sure-footed electronic stability system to keep it all shipshape. For a hard-charger,
it also shows a good accommodation with ride quality, something that endows
it with legitimate 'grand tourer' capability and makes it as easy a car to live
with as it is to sling around.
icing on the handling cake is VW's Dynamic Chassis Control (an £820 option fitted
to our GT model) that modifies the throttle response, dampers, and steering
map to deliver three distinctly different driving modes: Comfort, Normal and
Sport. And it works like a charm.
Sport will be the mode
new owners will be most
keen to try; and they
wont be disappointed
because unlike the
sport settings on some
other cars, the Sciroccos
means sport and not
for public blacktop...
will be the mode new owners will be most keen to try; and they won't be disappointed
because unlike the 'sport' settings on some cars, the Scirocco's means 'sport'
and not rock-hard 'track' perfect for public blacktop. Normal
is a fine commute fallback and doesn't short-change you when it comes to C&C
(command and control) either in the steering or dynamic departments.
people still harbour a blind spot about diesels, thinking them both noisy and
slow. They need to get out more with an accomplished driver in the likes
of this Scirocco…
With an unwavering 251lb ft of torque on tap from 1,750rpm there's plenty of
'grunt' more or less whenever you want it and you don't have to
rev the nuts off the four-pot to get it. But you need to watch out because while
it's quiet at speed it has a 'natural' gait close to three-figures.
This 2.0-litre turbodiesel is also satisfying to drive be it fast
or slow. And neither is its general refinement spoilt by the likeable 'working'
soundtrack when boosting the pace.
It may look compact from the outside but inside the Scirocco's cabin makes excellent
use of its long wheelbase (2,578 mm) to ace the acid test for coupes: a six-footer
can travel behind another of the same height doing the driving. The interior
decor is black with black but it's all put together very smartly, and bounded
by slim front windows capping the Scirocco's high waistline the cabin feels
both sporty and airy (more so if you opt for the panoramic sunroof).
You sit low, which is all part of the Scirocco's racy appeal. Gripped lovingly
by the tactile suede-and-fabric upholstered sports seats, the driving position
is spot on; ahead of you beautifully clear dials are read easily through the
upper rim of the flat-bottomed leather-bound multifunction wheel.
fist of headroom is as nice as it is unlooked-for; there's ample elbow room
for quick press-on steering and, for those times when the adaptive cruise control
is taking the strain, proper rests for both your clutch foot and your right
Passengers will be
relieved to discover that
the Sciroccos two rear
seats as important as the
front pair if you cant
take the helm or ride
shotgun up front, then
youll be content
to travel in the back...
Neither does your left hand have to stray far from the wheel to palm the clean-changing,
short-throw gearlever (or use the traditional handbrake); adding to the 'chequered
flag' aura is an auxiliary instrument cluster centred atop the fascia reporting
on turbo boost and engine oil temperature, and with a stopwatch/lap timer. This
is cockpit designed for keen drivers.
will be relieved to discover that Volkswagen consider the Scirocco's two rear
seats as important as the front pair if you can't take the helm
or ride shotgun up front, then you'll be content to travel in the back where
good foot and knee room await and where there's space above your head.
the back cabin you can easily see the world flash by, courtesy of seats set
six inches higher than those in the front. Getting out again is as easy as getting
in, thanks to driver and front passenger seats that tilt and slide smoothly
Scirocco packs a practical surprise in its tail the deep boot
is a usable 312 litres. Not as tight as those pronounced haunches and tapering
fastback imply. To put that in perspective, it's 68 litres shy of a three-door
Golf's boxier hatchback luggage area, and just a few litres more than the 305
you'll get in an Audi TT Coupe.
Better still, the Scirocco's 50:50-split seatbacks fold down to create a handy
1,006-litre loadbay so if your best friend has four legs instead of two, then
the hound can come too! Leave the pooch at home and visits to garden centres
and DIY outlets aren't off the weekend menu.
'Comfort and convenience' fittings are comprehensive with 2Zone electronic climate
control (with automatic air recirculation plus dust and pollen filter), front
sport seats with 'GT' cloth centre sections and Alcantara side bolsters plus
power-adjustable lumbar support, front and rear parking sensors, electrically-adjustable
and heated door mirrors, electric front windows, and a cooled and lockable glovebox.
there's more: auto-dimming driver's mirror, auto wipes and lights, drive-away
auto door locking, dark-tinted rear windows, multifunction driver's computer
(includes a visual gear change prompt for those keen to maximise their mpg),
and VW's BlueMotion Technology additions (Stop/Start and brake energy recuperation
systems) for more of the same.
50:50-split seatbacks fold
down to create a handy
so if your best friend has
four legs instead of two,
then the hound
entertainment and communications are equally well-served by a 6.5-inch touchscreen
with dynamic navigation (traffic sign display, 3D mapping), Bluetooth, DAB digital
radio, CD player (with title and cover art display), Think Blue (driver tips
and journey analysis), Multi Device Interface via USB connection, SD card reader,
SMS functionality (read, compose and send text messages using the touchscreen
for compatible Android smartphones), plus three-years' Car-Net 'Guide and Inform'
(providing online access to a range of information such as traffic, fuel pricing,
parking space availability, weather and news feeds).
aids include an electronic Stabilisation Programme, Electronic Differential
Lock, and ASR Traction Control, a curtain airbag system including front side
airbags, driver's and front passenger's airbags, front seat whiplash-optimised
head restraints and integrated headrests for both rear passengers. Other standard-fit
items include an aluminium-look pedal set, rear roof spoiler, 18-inch alloys
with 235/40 R18 rubber (and a steel space-saver spare wheel), and LED technology
With its distinctive silhouette and wide, low stance, this new-last-year, third-generation
Scirocco, in 'GT' spec, backs up strong kerb appeal with an impressive blend
of fuel efficiency and dynamic ability. Phwoar!
Volkswagen Scirocco GT 2.0 TDI 150PS
Maximum speed: 134mph | 0-62mph: 8.6 seconds | Test Average: 47.2mpg
Power: 147bhp | Torque: 251lb ft | CO2 109g/km