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

Evo rating
Price
from £21,040
  • Neat styling, abundant grip, strong engines
  • No longer as fun as the best hot hatchbacks, lacks modern tech

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 have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/audi/s3/202806/2020-audi-s3-sportback-and-s3-saloon-revealed-the-four-wheel-drive-golf-gti
Audi S3

2020 Audi S3 Sportback and S3 saloon revealed – the four-wheel drive Golf GTI

Audi’s next S3 Sportback follows a well-trodden path, filling a gap it once defined
11 Aug 2020
Visit/bmw/m3/202991/new-bmw-m3-touring-confirmed-yes-we-said-m3-touring
BMW M3

New BMW M3 Touring confirmed - yes, we said M3 Touring

Sixth generation M3 to offer Touring body for the first time to rival RS4 and C63 estate
12 Aug 2020
Visit/review/202972/aston-martin-dbx-review-the-first-performance-suv-to-deliver-on-its-promise
Reviews

Aston Martin DBX review - the first performance SUV to deliver on its promise

Aston Martin's first SUV is more than a good SUV, the DBX is the best car the British firm makes
10 Aug 2020
Visit/porsche/911-targa/202979/porsche-911-targa-4s-2020-review-the-oddball-911-thats-a-refreshing
Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche 911 Targa 4S 2020 review - the oddball 911 that’s a refreshing alternative

New 911 Targa 4S offers coupe usability with more style than a convertible, but four-wheel drive only will put off those looking for the purist 911 dr…
10 Aug 2020