The Volkswagen Scirocco is a stylish and sporty hatch, which first saw success from the 1970s to 90s. In 2008, a third generation was launched, with additional trim levels being added since.

Thinking of a Volkswagen Scirocco, but can’t decide which is for you? Fear not! Here at we have looked in depth at three different spec levels, so that you don’t have to.

The smart choice for those on a budget: Scirocco

This base model in the range is powered by a BlueMotion 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, which puts out 123bhp.

Coupled to a six-speed manual, this allows the car to accelerate to 62mph in 9.3 seconds, while achieving fuel consumption of 52.3mpg on a combined cycle.

Despite being the cheapest offering, costing from only £21,040 on the road, the Scirocco comes with a host of standard equipment, which includes a multifunction leather steering wheel and 17″ ‘Long Beach’ alloy wheel.

Also featuring on the model is a MDI (multi Device Interface), a RCD 510 touchscreen cd/radio system, air conditioning, a dusk sensor and a rain sensor and auto-dimming rear view mirror.

The smart choice for value for money: Scirocco R-Line

Buyers with a slightly larger budget, but who want more for their money should opt for the Scirocco R-Line. Alongside its more powerful engine and sporty R-Line styling, it boasts a selection of trim upgrades, which promise to make it an altogether more comfortable and practical car.

Starting from £27,015, with a BlueMotion 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox, the model features ‘Vienna’ Leather anthracite sports seats with ‘R-line’ logo and 19″ ‘Talladega’ alloy wheels.

The R-Line exterior pack sees unique front and rear bumpers, radiator grill and side skirts fitted as standard. But this car doesn’t just look sporty. Thanks to its 178bhp engine, it performs well too.

Acceleration of 0-62mph is achievable in just 7.4 seconds, while fuel consumption of 47.1mpg on a combined cycle is seen.

The smart choice for technophiles: Scirocco R

And finally, all technophiles out there should go for the R model. While it’s not cheap – prices start from £32,865 – it certainly is the best equipped.

The engine available at this price point is the 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit, which is again coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox, and puts out 276bhp. Thanks to this powertrain, the Scirocco R can leap to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds, while fuel consumption of 35.3mpg is seen.

Amongst the standard features which make the R so appealing to technophiles is Dynamic Chassis Control and an XDS – electronic differential lock system. 19″ ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels, a unique ‘R’ styling pack and Titan Black R ‘Vienna’ Leather with R logo on headrests also feature.