How reliable is Volkswagen Scirocco

VW Scirocco

About VW Scirocco

VW Scirocco

Do you like the sporty VW Scirocco? Get to know their strengths and weaknesses. Here at you will find the test results of experienced experts and opinions from the professional world. Other Scirocco drivers will tell you how satisfied they are with their own sports coupé and where the problem is. Based on experience reports and unadorned facts, you can quickly find out whether the VW Scirocco is one of your favorites.

VW Scirocco III: niche athletes

The first generation of the VW Scirocco came on the market in 1974. The VW Scirocco I was built by Kamann. An ardent fan base developed around the sports coupé. The successor VW Corrado was too expensive, the engine range could not inspire the Scirocco customers. For this reason, the end of production of the Scirocco II was postponed from 1988 to 1992.

It was not until 2008 that Volkswagen resumed the Scirocco concept. In 2014 the facelift started with more powerful and efficient engines. In 2017 Volkswagen ended production without replacement. Because the model could not really assert itself: While more than 17,000 copies were registered in Germany in 2009, the number of new registrations fell to 9,000 vehicles in the following year, down to around 2,000 in 2016. Even the facelift did not bring any new momentum to the statistics .

The Scirocco III shares its platform with the compact models Golf V and Golf VI. The interior comes with small modifications from the VW Eos convertible. The engine range offers 1.4 and 2.0 TSI engines with 122 to 280 hp. The 2.0 TDI diesel engines produce between 140 and 184 hp. The most powerful model, the R 2.0 TSI from 2014, takes 5.5 seconds to accelerate to 100 km / h. The BlueMotion technology lifted all vehicles after the facelift to the Euro 6 emission class. The economical versions consume 5.4 l super and 4.2 l diesel combined over 100 km. The Scirocco III achieved all five stars in the NCAP crash test.

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VW Scirocco and its diseases

At TÜV, the Scirocco III scores mediocre in its class. Broken springs and worn brakes were common. The more sporty driving style of the classic Scirocco driver could be responsible for this. Older vehicles had defective exhaust systems and ailing tailgates. Loss of oil and broken gas springs were also occasionally in the log. The 1.4 TSI engines have problems with the timing chain. The EA 189 engine, which is affected by the diesel gate, was installed in some diesel models. It is unclear whether the improvement of the software will lead to wear and tear or defects.

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VW Scirocco - used car of stable value

In terms of price, the VW Scirocco III is relatively stable. When buying a used car, you should pay attention to defects that arise from a sporty driving style: wear and tear on the wheel suspension, the chassis or the brakes. With heavily tuned specimens, go through your daily routes in your head: A deep front spoiler looks fantastic, but the parking garage becomes a taboo zone.

Price example: In 2008 a new VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI cost 28,225 €. In 2018, the ten-year-old vehicle is worth around € 8,200 on the used car market.


The VW Scirocco is not a family car. The second row of the sporty golf offshoot is too narrow and the trunk too small. If you are not looking for everyday suitability, but pure pleasure, the Scirocco III is in good hands. Qualitative materials, high quality workmanship and attractive extras are convincing.