BRITISH DRIVERS rather like the Volkswagen Scirocco. They buy more of the coupé than drivers from any other country, which means we should be best placed to appreciate the upgrades to the recently facelifted model, which is available to order now.
Priced from £20,455 for the 1.4 TSI (a very slight price reduction, possibly an appreciative nod toward our loyalty) it now sports new front and rear lights and a subtly revised design of bumper, which give it a more assertive look that’s in keeping with the current Golf GTI.
It’s beneath the bonnet, however, that the most appreciable changes have taken place. The engine line up has been revised, and all versions except the R now include BlueMotion technology, which includes stop/start and energy recuperation systems.
There are four trim levels, Scirocco, GT, R-Line and the hot-blooded R. Highlights of the range include the 2-litre TDI 150, the most affordable diesel that’s popular with company car drivers, which costs from £23,175. The 2-litre TSI petrol now comes in three states of tune – 178bhp, 217bhp and 276bhp – and costs from £22,495, £25,845 and £32,295 respectively.
Volkswagen says that even the entry level Scirocco comes with a touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio and six-disc CD changer, SD card reader, iPod and USB audio connectors and Bluetooth, air conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, 17-inch alloy wheels height-adjustable sports seats.
Driving’s favourite? Definitely the 2-litre TSI GT. That trim level adds a touchscreen navigation system, dual zone climate control, tinted rear windows; 18-inch alloy wheels; front fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, ‘chequered flag’ dash inserts, aluminium-look pedals and cloth and Alcantara upholstery.
For used car buyers with a nose for a bargain, the arrival of the refreshed Scirocco presents the chance to pick up a great coupé at a great price.