Volkswagen Scirocco

The Volkswagen Scirocco is a sports coupe powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines with the option on 2.0-litre models of a six-speed semi-automatic DSG transmission.

The latest Scirocco has two doors, four seats, front engine and front wheel drive.

The third generation of the Scirocco is wider and longer than the Golf GTI, but almost ten centimetres lower.

The Volkswagen roundel has been moved from the grille to the bonnet of the Scirocco and it has deep front airdams and a razor-thin grille element with gloss black insert which are framed by chrome-backed headlight units.

Further back on the Volkswagen Scirocco there are haunches that sweep over the rear wheel arches - with a tapered sill line that pinches around the middle of the vehicle. The haunches flow into the slim high intensity rear light units and a wide hatchback boot, on top of which is an aerodynamic wing. The Scirocco has frameless doors.

The Scirocco has a steep hatch with a long roof and vertical tailgate.

When launched in the UK in 2008, just one engine and one trim level was available which was the 2.0-litre TSI with 200PS in GT specification. So if you are looking at used Volkswagen vehicles 2008 reg, then don't expect a wide array of choice.

Since then, The Scirroco range has added a 1.4-litre 160PS TSI petrol unit and two 2.0-litre common rail TDI diesels with 140 or 170PS, along with a lower trim level.

All Sciroccos sold in the UK have adaptive chassis control which allows the driver to select from comfort, sport and normal modes to select suspension, steering and accelerator response settings to suit.

Other standard equipment on the Volkswagen Scirocco includes anti-lock brakes with an electronic stabilisation programme, six airbags, alloy wheels and air conditioning.

Options for the Scirocco include a panoramic sunroof, leather trim and touch-screen satellite navigation.

The first generation of the Volkswagen Scirocco was sold in the UK from 1974 to 1984.

A second generation was made between 1985 to 1993 with a total of more than 70,000 vehicles sold over two generations.

The latest Volkswagen Scirocco has an optional panoramic sunroof and a long wheelbase measuring 2,578mm. The Scirocco measures 4,256 mm long, 1,404 mm high and 1,810 mm wide.

The Volkswagen Scirocco’s boot capacity is 292 litres which can be expanded via the split folding rear seats to 755 litres.

The Volkswagen Scirocco is offered in two trim levels - Scirocco and Scirocco GT.

A comprehensive range of safety features includes six airbags and hydraulic brake assist.

The Scirocco GT version includes 18-inch alloy wheels, 2Zone electronic climate control and multifunction steering wheel.

The Scirocco is built at Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal, alongside the Eos and Sharan.

The manufacturing site employs about 3,000 people. Volkswagen Autoeuropa has 59 Portuguese suppliers, 15 of which are located on the factory site.

In 2007 the Palmela plant produced more than 90,000 vehicles including the Sharan, Eos and the SEAT Alhambra. Palmela has a press shop, body shell shop, paintshop and final assembly line.

The Volkswagen Scirocco’s interior has four sports seats and non-detachable headrests. Interior space sees heights of 948mm in the front and 924mm in the rear.

The rear seats of the Volkswagen Scirocco can be split 50/50 and folded to increase cargo space to a maximum 755 litres.

The front seats unlatch tipping and sliding forward. When they are put back, they automatically return to their previously set positions.

The two front seats are adjustable for height and reach, as is the steering wheel, while a 12-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support is offered as an option with leather upholstery.

In the cabin, there are displays with chrome-ringed and white backlit dials.

The Volkswagen Scirocco has a dash-mounted audio system with touch-screen that includes a six-CD autochanger, SD card reader and connection for external multimedia sources.