Even when forced to slide, it’s impressive how quickly the ESP collects its thoughts, pulling the Scirocco back into line smoothly and effectively. But there’s no need to hassle the stability system. The wider track and lower centre of gravity mean the Scirocco can be tipped into corners with relative abandon.
Its behaviour and manners are very hot- hatch – it cocks a rear wheel in the air and exhibits (and successfully communicates) a real enthusiasm for the task in hand. It’s also surprisingly adjustable on the throttle. Not to the extent of provoking the rear wheels into moving out of line – it’s too planted and safe for that – but enough to allow plenty of scope for line-tightening. Given the rear axle’s origins, we hadn’t expected it to be this playful.