The VW Scirocco is a very special car. It may be tied by blood to the Golf GTi, but it feels so much more of an event than the ubiquitous German hot hatch. The looks are sleek and stylish, the cabin is beautifully crafted, and the drive is just the right side of exciting.
But the Scirocco isn’t just a pretty face and a good drive, it’s also a well equipped beast. The RNS 510 is one of the best entertainment and navigation systems I’ve come across. The integrated hard disk and SD card slot make it easy to have a large library of music with you at all times, and the sound produced by the DynAudio equipped system is superb.
The navigation portion of the RNS 510 is just as impressive, with simultaneous, multiple route calculation, 2D and 3D map displays and full touch-screen interface. And even though the five digit postcode support is a slight disappointment, everything else is so well thought out that it’s hard to criticise this car when it comes to integrated technology.
You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t talked about communication systems, and that’s because my test car didn’t come equipped with Bluetooth or voice control. That’s not to say that you can’t get Bluetooth support on the Scirocco, just that this particular car didn’t have it. I’ll make sure that the next VW I look at has this feature so I can put the system through its paces.
When all is said and done though, there is very little not to like about the VW Scirocco, and as I said at the beginning of this review, I’ll be very sad to see this car go.