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Seven years since the revival of the third generation Scirocco, Volkswagen presents the latest facelift of its charismatic coupe.

14 Aug 2015

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What makes a good hot hatch? Excessive styling? Nope. A car capable of achieving ludicrous speeds? Not that too. A great hot hatch is relatively fast and should provide you with a ton of fun, but also practical and useable on a daily basis. The Volkswagen Scirocco has managed to do just about that.

In the last couple of years, the Scirocco has been the wheels of choice for people that wanted to move on from a Japanese performance car onto a European one. The Scirocco's trump card is its impressively low fuel consumption and charmingly youthful appeal. Those with the need for a little more speed can opt for its brother on steroids, the snappy Scirocco R.

A redesigned front bumper makes the Scirocco look meaner

Up close and

To a neophyte, the new Scirocco could easily be mistaken for its predecessor. Such an oversight is forgivable because the changes on the new one are pretty subtle, yet meritable to the trained eye.

Exterior changes to the frontal section consist of precisely drawn lines, a new light signature by the head lights and Golf GTI-inspired aerodynamic 'blades' fitted at the sides of the bumper. The headlamps of the Scirocco have now been integrated with a sleek, convex LED contour beneath the Xenon module, giving the impression that the car has 'eyelids' while functioning as daytime running lights.

The aim of the design was to give the face of the Scirocco a more contoured and wider visage, and the Volkswagen designers have pulled this off with the help of a larger lower grille and redesigned upper grille, both finished in black. One could say that the changes to the front give the Scirocco an even lower stance, which is all the rage these days.

In our opinion, the changes to the rear are a little more obvious. Gone is the round and cute behind of the Scirocco. In its place are a new set of LED rear lights and a more angular tailgate. The trapezoidal shaped taillights taper in towards the tailgate, which is now furnished with a horizontal light-refracting edge.

To match the aggressive look of the front, the rear bumper is paired with a black diffuser that is also in place to make the rear appear lower. Accessing the boot has also been made easier. The Volkswagen badge now swings upwards around the central axis when pressure is placed on it, doubling up as a handle for opening the boot lid. An added point for hot hatch practicality!

Banishing the bland with a trio of sporty yet chic gauges

Interior enhancements have not been forgotten either. Volkswagen has upped the sportiness for this Scirocco with sport seats, a revamped instrument cluster, a steering wheel design adapted once again from the Golf GTI as well as auxiliary instruments, or 'gauges' as they are better known as.

These centrally mounted gauges are there to inform the driver of the turbocharger's boost pressure, chronometer and engine oil temperature. While some may frown upon this as a 'boy racer' thing, this holy trinity of auxiliary instruments is actually a feature which pays tribute to the original Scirocco.
Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap





89kW (120 bhp) / 5000 rpm



200 Nm / 4000 rpm



7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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