VW‘s Scirocco made a major splash when it was launched last summer, but it’s only now the most fleet-friendly model has arrived in the form of a 2.0-litre diesel.

Surprisingly, given the Scirocco’s sporting nature, VW has opted install the 140PS version of its diesel, not the more potent 170PS alternative we’re very much enjoying at the moment in our long-term Audi TT.

Both engines would slot into the 18% tax band that, along with brilliant RVs of 49.5% retained after three years and 60,000 miles, helps get the cost per mile figure down to just 38.7p.

The car certainly turns heads thanks to looks far more striking in the metal than in photographs, although the squat rear end with narrow rear window really hampers rear visibility. Between that, the two sports rear seats with immovable headrests and the almost triangular rear side windows, it’s very difficult to keep track of following cars on the motorway. But there is plenty of rear space for a coupe, with the Scirocco comfortably swallowing four adults.

VW Scirocco 2.0 TSI 140
P11D price £19,640
Model price range £19,105-£21,340
Fuel consumption 55.4mpg
CO2 (tax) 134g/km/18%
BIK 20/40% per month £59/£118
Service interval variable mls
Insurance group 12
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 292/755 litres
Engine size/power 1968cc/140PS
Top speed/0-62mph 129mph/9.3secs
On sale January 2009
Score 8/10
Verdict Brilliant on paper and great on
the road, but there's a nagging feeling
the 170PS diesel would be even
better for very little extra cost