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
Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!
Porsche 911 GT3 vs GT3 RS vs GT2 RS - track battle
Porsche’s GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS are the most hardcore of the 911 breed, but pitched head‑to‑head which will we crown champion?
15 Nov 2019
Best used cars for sale this week
We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
15 Nov 2019
New Ferrari Roma: 612bhp, 198mph GT car joins the range
Ferrari has expanded its GT car range with the V8 powered Ferrari Roma
14 Nov 2019
Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR
Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019