Volkswagen Scirocco (2008-2017) review - Reliability and Safety
The Scirocco's mediocre showing in the Driver Power 2015 survey is evidence the model is getting long in the tooth
The Scirocco has only been mildly facelifted, so all of the well-proven mechanical components have been carried over and poor reliability shouldn’t be an issue. But owners have reported problems in our Driver Power 2015 survey, likely due to the car’s age. It just slipped into the top 100 list for new cars.
The company’s network finished 14th out of 27 dealers in our 2017 survey, a big improvement on last time. But it’s still below companies such as Peugeot and SEAT, and the ‘defeat device’ crisis that engulfed VW is unlikely to improve the brand’s reputation in the eyes of customers.
The Scirocco earned a five-star EuroNCAP crash-test rating back in 2009, although the test is far tougher today, so the car would be likely to earn a lower score if it was retested.
Standard safety kit includes six airbags, ABS with brake assist and tyre pressure monitors.
Volkswagen’s standard warranty at the moment is three years and 60,000 miles, but for a fee this can be extended on the Scirocco to four years and 75,000 miles (£425, years one and two unlimited mileage, years three and four subject to 75,000 cap), or five years and 90,000 miles (£990, again unlimited mileage to begin with and then introducing the 90,000 cap from years three to five).
Fixed-price servicing is available on the Scirocco, which covers the car for three years and 30,000 miles. This includes an oil change at 12 months/10,000 miles (whichever is soonest), an interval service including oil change at 24 months/20,000 miles, and a full inspection service with oil and brake fluid changes at 36 months/30,000 miles.
All the parts and labour are guaranteed for two years and the plan is transferrable to another owner if the car is sold during the period.
In this review
- 1Volkswagen Scirocco (2008-2017) reviewThe VW Scirocco still delivers a strong combination of style, space and ability, but is starting to feel its age
- 2Engines, performance and driveStrong engines with reasonable performance for the Scirocco, but other VW Group products - and rival cars - drive better
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Volkswagen Scirocco is economical, clean and holds onto its value, making it an appealing proposition to private and fleet buyers
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe facelift improved the handsome Scirocco's cabin, but compared to other VW products it feels dated
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Scirocco is spacious for a coupe but less practical than the cheaper Golf on which it's based
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe Scirocco's mediocre showing in the Driver Power 2015 survey is evidence the model is getting long in the tooth