The inside story

What's missing is that "X" factor that makes you feel that the cabin is special

Here again we see the marked differences between the two hatches. The MINI's exterior style is complemented by its rather "funky" (for lack of a better adjective) interior design. Round shape dominates the MINI's cabin - from the buttons on the steering wheel, to the air vents, to the Ginormous speedometer and tachometer, and heck, even to the MINI's key itself. And the oval-shaped aluminum pedals complement this theme perfectly.

What we didn't like about the interior began from how the doors sound when they are shut. Perhaps it was to save weight, but the tinny sounds that accompany the feel of the doors closing just didn't feel right. And in contrast to the soft-yet-supportive leather seats, the hard plastics found around the dashboard are out of place in a car that costs this much.

Considering the MINI's 2,467mm long wheelbase, rear seat passenger room is ample enough, but space in the rear hatch is definitely a bummer. If you've got four people on board, you won't be able to fold down the rear seats - storage space is definitely limited here.

The Scirocco on the other hand, boasts VW's expected levels of build quality. Doors shut with a reassuring thump, and the plastics used in this cabin are of a softer, better quality. But despite its high build standard, there's something missing in here.

What's missing is that "X" factor that makes you feel that the cabin is special. If you had slipped into the driver's seat with your eyes closed and only opened them when you closed the door, it'd be tricky to figure out just which Volkswagen you hopped into. The build quality is undoubtedly high - the problem is the all the knobs, buttons and switches seen here are also seen in other VW cars.

The Scirocco's exterior will stand out anywhere you drive - it really is that unique. So we can't understand why Volkswagen didn't give it an interior that stands out as much as the exterior.

Because the Scirocco is bigger, it can boast a wheelbase length of 2,578mm, which is 111mm longer than the MINI's. Rear seat passengers enjoy slightly more legroom, but headroom is still compromised due to the sloping roofline. Both the MINI and the Scirocco can accommodate four passengers, but the Scirocco has the edge when it comes to storage space.

You wouldn't know it from the outside, but pop open the Scirocco's rear hatch and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how cavernous the rear stowage is - without needing to fold down the rear seats. All four passengers can go shopping and still have space to put their shopping bags there.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1598cc Supercharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 170bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 220Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 138.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 223 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3655 x 1925 x 1416) mm
Wheelbase 2477 mm
Kerb Weight 1230 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs

Engine

Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11.1:1
Bore x Stroke (76.5 x 75.6)mm
Power 210bhp @ 5300rpm
Torque 280Nm @ 1700rpm
Power to Weight 161.8 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 233 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type Coupe
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4256 x 1810 x 1404) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Kerb Weight 1298 kg
Boot Capacity 292 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs