Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 TSI (DSG) Review
Wind of Change

Story and Photos by Jeremy Torr
28 Aug 2015
 

Introduction

We all know people like this. They are well-qualified, have good jobs, dress impeccably, have all the right accessories and know all the cool places to be. But do you want to hang out with them? Well, err, it's like, I mean . . . . maybe.

The Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 TSI reminds me of them. As a piece of art on two wheels, it is brilliant, especially with the new lower, squatter body shape and cool LED strip running lights. Sophisticated touches like the cornering lights, rear camera, turbo-blown engine, sports or comfort switchable profiles, rain sensor wipers, auto headlights, dipping mirror and Golf GTI-leather steering wheel all impress the pants off anybody with spec-sheet-itus. You can fiddle all day long without driving anywhere and still really enjoy yourself.

Then, when you do want to go somewhere, it can be a bit disappointing. The 1390cc 4-cyclinder petrol lump under the bonnet is quiet, civilised, frugal (VW claim 5.3litre/100km outside town) and works well through the semi-auto 7-speed box. But it doesn't quite go like it looks. For a two door coupe as slick-looking as the Scirocco you would expect your pants to be on fire away from the lights. The 1.4 Scirocco warms them.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1390cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 122bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 1500rpm

Performance

Acceleration 9.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4256 x 1810 x 1406) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Turning Circle 5.5 metres

Brakes