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VW has applied its Bluemotion technology to the good-looking Scirocco, introducing the most efficient version yet.
This means all entry-level and GT trim models with the 2.0-litre TDI 140hp engine now have stop/start and battery-regeneration systems to improve emissions and fuel consumption.
Available with a six-speed manual or optional DSG auto gearbox, there is improved economy from 55.4mpg to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle (51.4mpg to 57.6mpg for the DSG), and lower CO2, down from 134g/km to 118g/km (145g/km to 129g/km DSG). For the manual, this means company drivers now only pay 13% BIK tax compared with 19% previously.
The technology is also available on the higher-powered 170hp engine fitted to the Scirocco GT, which results in CO2 falling from 139g/km to 134g/km.
VW only offers two trim levels for the Scirocco, that no doubt helps bolster its excellent RVs, which for the top spec GT is 40.2%. The GT includes 18-inch alloys, aux-in socket, front sport seats and variable suspension settings. But cruise control costs extra (£235) as do rear parking sensors (£365). The all-encompassing touchscreen navigation and radio system will add £1335 to the bill.
The addition of Bluemotion hasn't affected the superb handling of the Scirocco, which is a joy to drive. The only grumble is refinement, which isn't as good as you might expect.
With a P11D price of £23,460, the Scirocco GT is cheaper than the BMW1-series coupe M Sport (£24,905) but pricier than the Renault Megane coupe GT Line TomTom (£21,190). While the BMW matches the Scirocco for emissions, the Megane coupe is far off at 135g/km. Add in other whole-life costs considerations and, overall, the Scirocco is the wise choice at 51.4p per mile, compared with 53.9p for the BMW and 55.4p for the Megane.