Well I’ve had the Scirocco nearly a month, I px the Brera for the Scirocco and I honestly thought that I would miss the Brera, but I'm afraid I don't. Don’t get me wrong the Brera was a very good car and I loved it but it was time for a change and I wanted something more economical and I’m not keen on the new face of Alfa. Considering the problems I’ve had with previous Alfa’s, the Brera was very well built, it had a few issues, rocking seat (never completely cured) and hesitation (Alfa chose to ignore the problem).
I bought the 1.4TSI which is the Turbo and Supercharger engine, didn’t see the point in the 2ltr as the 1.4 is not that much slower in real world driving. What an engine, the exhaust note is way better than the Brera very meaty from outside the car. This is the smallest engine capacity I have owned and I've owned over 20 cars, you would have no idea that it is only a 1.4. Mid range punch is unbelievable, making it very quick for safe overtaking.
The car has 160 BHP with more torque than the 2.2 Brera (can be mapped by Revo to 219BHP). If I’m in the mood I can get 45mpg according to the computer (which appears to be very accurate). The car is way, way quicker than the Brera, and it feels it. I’m certain it’s quicker to 60 than the official VW figures (8 secs).
Over the last couple of tanks driving the same way as I would drive the Brera I’ve averaged 39/40 mpg whereas the Brera would be doing 27mpg. Big difference considering the Scirocco’s performance, and its nice to be able to pull away smooth from a stand still without kangarooing down the road.
The Scirocco is very composed on corners, corners very flat and puts its power down very well. It has ACC (adaptive chassis control) and YOU can tell the difference between the different suspension settings. The ACC adjusts the dampers and weighting on the steering. The car feels very nimble.
Inside the car seats four comfortably, the seats are well bolstered and lock you into position no falling out like the Brera when going round corners a bit on the quick side. The dash is typical VW, nothing special but well put together with high quality plastics, the lack of flair is more than made up by the driving experience, but it is a pity that VW didn’t put more thought into the design to make it more special and the dynamics would be even better if the steering was quicker, like that of the Brera.
I'm very pleased with the car can't say the same about the dealer, have had a couple of build quality issues, minor rattles etc, which got sorted in the end, but was surprised to have such issues.
The looks might not be up there with the Brera but it’s not that far off and certainly better than the direction Alfa are going in with their latest models, and surprising it does draw the looks, a few people have already given me very positive comments about it.
Servicing costs will probably be £250 every 1.1/5 - 2 years which is way cheaper than the Brera and residuals will be up with the best. Hopefully I will be able to get more than 10000/12000 miles out of the front tyres, unlike the Brera, which was getting new front tyres every 9 months.
I've not seen that many Scirocco’s on the road as I believe VW are restricting the numbers which will also keep the residuals up.
I will come back to Alfa one day when they work out what direction they are going in, Alfa’s have the looks but IMHO not the dynamics, performance, economy etc, which is a pity.
The Brera was a lovely car and build quality in my case was a vast improvement on my previous Alfa's but there is life after Alfa.