Wind of Change

Wind of Change

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
28 Aug 2015
What we like:
pros
The looks
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the surprising practicality
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the price
pros
the extras.
What we dislike:
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Not enough power. No GPS.

The 1.4 engine makes 122 bhp, with a decent 200Nm of torque when you boot the pedal, and the not-too-lardy 1.27 tonne weight bodes well too. But that 7-speed gearbox is build for frugality, not poke; you are likely in 5th gear by the time you are a couple of hundred metres from the lights. You can up the action by going manual using the tasty leather/chrome shift knob, but you shouldn't have to in a looker of a car like this.
Luckily, when you get to a corner the smile comes back - for a Class A car (usually aimed at the sensible) the Scirocco goes round corners like a beauty. It has wonderfully balanced handling, feels glued to the road even over lumpy surfaces, and steers with a minimum of body roll. Broad track, McPherson struts up front and multi-link suspension at the rear help the feeling of confidence. But despite the road-glue handling and the low-slung seating position it isn't noisy. VW's body and chassis engineers deserve a design medal.

VW say the Scirocco 1.4 TSI can get to 100kph in 9.7 sec, and can edge up to 200kph, which seem fair if not exactly hot-hatch territory. Rubber-wise, the car was shod with Zero the Hero Pirellis, sitting on sweet 18-inch five-spoke alloys, and although we tried with the traction control switched off, they never broke grip under any conditions.

Credits: Story and Photos by Jeremy Torr

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