VW Scirocco

When Volkswagen announced they were bringing back the Scirocco, I have little doubt that it brought a a smile to the faces of most car enthusiasts. Personally, I’ve always had VW’s coupés in high regard. I’ve always thought the original Scirocco to be very cool, and the Corrado was something that, as a teen in the early 90’s while the Corrado was still in production, I imagined myself driving one day. So news of the Scirocco’s return bode well indeed. And the first pictures of it certainly led me to believe the auto world was in for a cracking car. The styling cues were in line with VW’s current trend, which I personally find very satisfying. The aesthetic choices regarding both the Golf and the Polo are spot on, and the same brand DNA shows through on the Scirocco. The Scirocco takes the styling a step further away from the mundane with its strong, outward shoulders, something that accentuates the sportiness of the coupé-shape. The shoulderline itself is also very contemporary, following the current zeitgeist, which all cars seem to have nowadays.

If there’s anything I’ve always liked about Volkswagens, it’s the interiors. They’re always so well-made, and so good-looking, and simply just such nice places to be. I get the same impression from the Scirocco, from both the photographs and peeking in the windows of ones parked in the street. But – and here’s the first but – VW seems to think it’s a good idea to add chrome framing around bits of the interior. Mind you, this is a sin nearly all car manufacturers are guilty of, as the logic seems to be that the more chromed bits you have on a car, whether it’s on the inside or outside, the more upmarket it seems. How bits of plastic painted with mirror-like reflecting paint and randomly glued on a car makes it seem better is beyond me. Another VW, the fantastic Passat CC, is also a victim of this practice, and this gives the interior a much more chintzy, nouveau-riche feel than it deserves.

My biggest disappointment regarding the Scirocco is that it’s one of those cars that in pictures, it looked absolutely mouth-watering, while in real life, it looks… how should I put this… odd. And on trying to analyse why this should be, I come to the conclusion that the rear of the car could and should look better. That back window is just too vertical, and hinders that sweeping coupé form. It’s something that I don’t really fancy on both the Golf and the Polo, but on them, they make sense, because they’re predominantly utilitarian cars. The more vertical back window makes it easier to lug cargo into the boot, thus making the car more practical, but it’s a rule of thumb that coupés are impractical, non-family vehicles. No-one should really care about being able to get a chest of drawers in the boot, and no-one would want to if that means that car has to look like a brick.

So in the face of more-or-less direct competition, like the Volvo C30 or Renault Megane, the Scirocco doesn’t cut it. Because if you’re not buying a coupé for its looks, what else other reason is there to want it?

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One Response to “VW Scirocco”

  1. henrique Says:

    Volvo chinesus est…what you say?

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