Volkswagen Scirocco review - a worthy hot hatchback alternative? - Design
The best hot hatchbacks are now more talented and more fun, but the Scirocco still holds appeal for keen drivers
The IROC concept that originally previewed the Scirocco was unveiled in 2006 so the basic shape is now over ten years old - yet the Scirocco is still a neat piece of design. It’s distinctly a product of Volkswagen, without aping features of the brand’s other models – the slim grille and wide rear hips are still distinctive features unique to the Scirocco in VW’s range. If you're one of those people who assumes all VWs (and other Group products) are simply clones of the others, then the Scirocco is one car you have to concede is a little different from the herd.
The R employs just enough aggression to stand out from the lesser models. It rides 10mm lower on 19in ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels and gets deeper bumpers and side skirts. LED daytime running lights and silver door mirror caps also distance it from conventional Sciroccos. It's also available in some striking colours, which helps the R stand out - though with colour choices including bright reds, metallic blues and even a shade of purple, even regular Sciroccos are eye-catching.
Subscribe to evo magazine
Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!
BMW M5 Competition v Mercedes-AMG E63 S - 600bhp supersaloons go head-to-head
The BMW M5 Competition and Mercedes-AMG E63 S both boast more than 600bhp, 0-62 times in the threes, and massive road presence. Which begs the questio…
22 Feb 2020
Best used cars for sale this week
We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
21 Feb 2020
2020 Peugeot 508 PSE teased – Peugeot Sport’s next chapter is coming
Peugeot’s first Peugeot Sport Engineering model is coming with a range-topping hybrid powertrain
24 Feb 2020
Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini
We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019