Well, we’ve found one, an exciting Volkswagen. After the Golf+, higher and for old people… …we’ve now got the Golf-, lower and for young people. VW have called it the Scirocco. People older than 13 still know the Scirocco from the Eighties… …or from the Seventies if they’re even older, like my age. It’s also the same concept, it’s essentially a sporty Golf. It’s actually a lot sportier… …it’s quite a bit lower, the lines are more exciting… …and they’ve widend the front and rear axle track. The handeling is subsequently very good. It’s front-wheel-drive so eventually it’ll understeer… …but you can still take corners very quickly… …it stays level, it gives good feedback about what’s going on… …and the rear stays glued to the road, so nothing strange will happen. There’s a small downside; you can’t turn the ESP completely off… …or we just don’t understand the German manual well enough.You can push the button until the light blinks, then it’ll come in very late, but it’s still there… …it only turns off the traction controll so you can have some wheelspin and be a hooligan. Although that’s also important with a Scirocco. I could just be very negative about it, not that I’m planning on doing that… …but I don’t think it would harm the sales figures because I notice this car is very popular……people stare at it, they stop at intersections to take a good look… …they peek at the interior, they give a thumbs up, so it’s already a very popular car. Apparently this is a type of coupé people have been waiting for. They just want a nice car. It doesn’t have to be flashy and expensive… …as long as it’s fun and sporty. Sportiness can also be found in the engines, they’re all turbo engines… …there’s a TDI with 140 HP there will also be a TDI with 170 HP. There are three petrol engines; two 1.4 TSIs, one has 122 HP and the other has 160 HP… …and of course we’ve got the fastest, the 2-litre TSI with 200 HP. It does 0-62 in 7.2 seconds, its top speed is 146 mph. Ours has the optional six-speed DSG gearbox, I’m slowly getting used to it……technically it’s the best, but it’s also a bit boring. There’s one big disadvatage; beauty hurts. Because of the low roofline it’s quite cramped in here… …it’s a four-seater but I haven’t even tried the rear seats… …because I thought it’d be rather claustrophobic. I’m four inch longer than Ruben but still our
front-seats are in the same place… …the seat just doesn’t go back any further. The seating is so-so. I think that if I drive this car for 500 miles……my knees and what not will start to hurt. So this car isn’t really made for long people. But you get a very nice line in return. As usual the test car is loaded with extras. So it’s a bit expensive but then you do get leather, sat nav… …18-inch, a glass roof and a lot more. So it costs 46.000 Euros, but don’t pay attention to that.Prices start at 27.500 for the 1.4 TSI. It sounds a bit small, but because of the environment you can do that again. With its 122 HP it isn’t that bad, it does 0-62 in under 10 seconds, 125 mph. But I’d take the 1.4 TSI with 160 HP… …it’s about 2.500 Euros more. I think that’s a very nice price… …for around 30 grand get a very nice and sporty Scirocco. I can’t think of many competitors… …maybe a Golf GTI or a Leon FR or Cupra, but they are a lot less pretty, especially the interior. Or an Alfa Mito, that’s a very nice car but it’s even smaller and a fair bit cheaper. Or an Alfa GT. I can’t think of any other options. If I could spend around 30 grand on a new car……I think it would be a Scirocco. It looks nice, it’s fun and sporty…..and there are some good engines available. I’ll just get over the fact that I have to sit with my knees up during long journeys…..because this is just a very cool car. .