Facelifted VW Scirocco launched at Geneva

4 Mar, 2014 2:38pm Jonathan Burn

The 2014 facelifted versions of Volkswagen's Scirocco and Scirocco R coupes have been revealed at the Geneva Show

VW has taken the opportunity the showcase its new and facelifted Scirocco at the Geneva Motor Show. While visually, the new model may appear to be a case of a blink and you’ll miss it styling, the German marque has also made revisions under the bonnet, with more powerful but more efficient engines now offered.

The unveiling also marks 40 years since the original Scirocco was first introduced at Geneva back in 1974. Look closely and you’ll notice design cues from the latest-generation VW Golf have been carried over, such as the aero-optimised blades, daytime running lights and fog lights sitting beneath the restyled headlights. If you opt the optional bi-xenon headlights, the daytime running lights are LEDs within the main headlights.

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At the rear, changed are also minimal but all models now come with LED taillights, while the bumper has been reshaped. Also, like the Golf, the Volkswagen logo badge now doubles as boot release handle. New-look dials and an auxiliary instrument cluster above the centre console inside, complete the visual changes.

The flagship Scirocco R benefits from similar cosmetic treatments, but features bespoke bumpers and a new alloy wheel design. Mechanically, the range-topper features one of six new turbocharged direct-injection engines. It's now fitted with a more powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 276bhp – up 15bhp on the old car.

Three other petrol and two diesel engines are offered across the range. The petrol lineup consists of a 123bhp 1.4-litre (up from 120bhp), a new 177bhp 2.0-litre and a 217bhp 2.0-litre TSI engine, which replaces the previous 207bhp motor. Diesel offerings come in the shape of a 148bhp or 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine. All come with a six-speed manual as standard, with selected models offered with a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Despite the increase in power across the range, VW Claims efficiency is also up by 19 per cent, with the engines returning between 68.9 and 34.9 mpg.

The refreshed Scirocco will be available to order in the UK from May, with first deliveries scheduled for September. Pricing will be announced closer to the car’s launch.

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Once again I feel underwhelmed by VW. True the Scirocco is a beautiful design and one of the few VWs I think is not boing. That and the CC. However it's their interiors that are starting to bug me. While they are put together amazingly they are so bland and boring. My issue is that when the Scirocco was initially launched the dash came straight from a Mk 5 golf and apart from a few dials on the top that dash is still a MK 5 dash. For a car with so much style and beauty on the outside its a shame it has a family hatchback interior. I was hoping they would address this in the update but no.

I'm so glad AutoExpress were wrong with their prediction about the Scirooco facelift (issue 1305). Grafting the bland Golf front end onto one of VWs more distinctive designs just ruined it. I think they could have done a lot more with the interior though, as has been mentioned.

I see the AE censor has been at work AGAIN!

This is a boring and uninspiring car, it doesn't entice me to want it, give it a second look anything else for that matter.

It will be interesting to see if the vehicle, as manufactured, will be like these drawings or whether this is another "wild surmise" from AE.

New? What's new about it as I'm genuinely struggling to spot it.

I've never been a fan of the more expensive 3 door Golf and to call it a Scirocco was just a marketing managers bad decision IMO. The original Scirocco was a genuinely brilliant sports car. A true classic. Don't think we'll ever say the same of the modern interpretation.

Okay so I have pictures of both the "new" and the old model side by side and... what on earth is actually NEW about this one?

I know face lifts aren't as drastic a change as a new generation model, but I'm struggling to see what is new about this car.

Same headlamps, same upper grille, same cheap-looking rubber strips down the doors on the lighter coloured models, same dull as ditch-water interior; the only thing I see new is the bumper from the MKVII Golf GTI that has been (probably literally) slapped onto the front of the car which, IMHO, does not suit the overall design of the car at all. You have this sleek coupé with this giant angular bumper just sticking out like a sore thumb.

This really doesn't do it for me.

The Facelifted Megane Coupé and Kia Pro_Cee'd GT (style wise) totally chew this car out.