First impressions of 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco

First impressions of 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco

The original Volkswagen Scirocco made its debut four decades ago, with the latest variant released six years ago in 2008. The 2014 model is a face-lifted edition of this vehicle, offering redesigned front and rear lights and bumpers; an upgraded interior, including a revised centre console and instrument binnacle; and new trim options. The tailgate has also been redesigned, with the Volkswagen badge now doing service as the opening mechanism, similar to a VW Golf.

The modified interior includes a set of three small dials in the fascia's top centre, featuring a stopwatch/clock, oil temperature display and turbo boost gauge. Golf GTI owners will also immediately recognise the sports steering wheel. The car comes with four trim levels: GT, Scirocco, R and R-Line.

There is also a new engine line-up, with turbocharged diesel and petrol engines that, while using less fuel, offer more power than their predecessors. Top speeds and acceleration figures have also been improved. All available engines comply with Euro VI emission regulations - apart from the top-of-the-range R model - and now feature BlueMotion technology, which means brake energy recuperation systems and stop/start are standard.

The car comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment, while a twin-clutch DSG automatic gearbox is available as an option on all models except the entry level 1,400cc turbo engine.

The 2,000cc TDI diesel, which comes with a six-speed manual transmission and pushes out 148bhp, is expected to be the top seller.