What am I looking at?
The facelifted Volkswagen Scirocco, new for 2014 and on sale now ready for the first deliveries in October.
So what’s new?
Well, that’s a mighty good question because there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot different to look at. The keen of eye will spot that the front bumper now includes little plastic blades on the outside edges, just like the current Golf GTI, and there’s also an update to the headlights. Cars ordered with bi-xenon headlights will also feature LED daytime running lights within the main headlight unit.
Out back all Sciroccos now have LED tail lights and there’s again a new bumper design that’s only subtly changed from the old one.
There are more nips and tucks inside: a new dashboard, new dials in the binnacle and an auxiliary instrument cluster above the centre console, consisting of chronometer, turbo charge pressure and oil temperature gauges – all of which hark back to the 1974 Scirocco.
What powers it?
The engine range has received a similarly warm tickle but ought to remain somewhat familiar. The diesel units remain: a 2.0-litre TDI diesel in two states of tune, but turned up a little to 148hp (+10hp) and 181hp (+6hp). The petrol range has been juggled about a bit too, with the 1.4-litre TSI 160 dropped in favour of a 2.0-litre TSI producing 177hp. The other powerplants remain but again in a slightly more powerful form, with a 123hp 1.4-litre TSI (up 3hp) and a 220hp 2.0 TSI (up 10hp).
All relevant engines now meet the Euro 6 emissions standards and you’ll see 58.9-67.3mpg from the diesels and 44.1-52.3mpg from the petrols, depending on your choice of engine and gearbox.
Filling out the sporting brief at the top of the range is again the Scirocco R, with a 276hp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine and a sub-six-second 0-60mph sprint – despite being front-wheel drive, just like its predecessor.
The entry-level Scirocco includes a touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio, air conditioning; automatic headlights and wipers, 17-inch ‘Long Beach’ alloy wheels, height-adjustable sports seats and a multi-function leather-covered steering wheel (with paddleshifts on DSG automatic models).
The next step up is the GT model which has an updated touchscreen navigation system, dual-zone climate control, tinted rear windows, 18-inch ‘Interlagos’ alloy wheels, front fog lights; front and rear parking sensors, aluminium-look pedals and cloth and Alcantara upholstery.
Top of the regular range is the R-Line model, which has sportier bumpers and side skirts, 19-inch ‘Talladega’ alloy wheels, R-Line scuff plates and steering wheel badges, ‘carbon-look’ dash inserts and heated, electrically adjustable ‘Vienna’ leather sports seats. Beyond that is the Scirocco R, which has its own unique exterior styling kit, chrome-look door mirror caps and bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.
Also note that although this is a facelift of the Scirocco, it’s not a full update. It still has the same underpinnings as before, which it shared with the Mk5 and Mk6 Golfs. The current generation Golf is on an wholly different platform and the Scirocco won’t be built on that until the model is replaced in 2016.
How much will it cost me?
The start point for the Scirocco is the 1.4-litre TSI 123hp petrol with a six-speed manual, and this will set you back £20,455. Heading up to the 2.0-litre TSI 177hp petrol is a £2,040 premium while the 2.0 TDI 148hp diesel will cost £2,720.
The GT trim is £1,850 on top of your engine choice – though be aware that the lower-output petrol isn’t available above the base specification and the 220hp version is another £1,690. The more potent 181hp diesel is a £1,000 option above its 148hp sibling.
R-Line specification will cost £1,995 above the GT, and the Scirocco R itself is £4,275 beyond that. The six-speed automatic DSG gearbox is a £1,000 option on any engine for which it’s available (not the 1.4-litre petrol), meaning a maximum, pre-option spend of £33,795. Phew.
The best fit here is probably the Peugeot RCZ, which matches the Scirocco on most levels. If you’re hunting for other alternatives, try the Renault Megane Coupe – a close match in ethos – or BMW’s 1 Series Coupe too.
In a line?
The character of the VW range, but more in need of replacement than a facelift.