What is it?
This is the VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI. We’ve driven the excellent 2.0-litre turbo VW Scirocco and also its smaller 1.4-litre TSI sibling on British roads and come away with very favourable impressions.
Built on the same platform as the Golf but with a slightly wider stance, the VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI has retained the best bits of the VW Golf’s dynamics and is undoubtedly more fun to drive. To top this off, it looks stunning.
What’s it like?
There are two aspects of the VW Scirocco that are not as good as the comparable Golf. The ride quality has suffered, probably due to the lower stance and revised suspension set-up, although the installation of a slightly (30kg) heavier diesel engine seems to have had little further impact on the ride or handling.
The other area in which the VW Scirocco is deficient, compared with the Golf, is visibility. The barely raked windscreen means that the A-pillars can obscure quite wide objects, while the huge C-pillars reduce rear three-quarter danger-spotting to an act of clairvoyance.
The 2.0-litre common-rail turbodiesel engine produces a maximum of 138bhp and 236lb ft of torque from 1750rpm. Volkswagen claims a 0-60mph time of 9.3secs, which feels about right.