Ads on test: Volkswagen Corrado 16v

While the market lusts after the VR6, this is a prime chance to snap up a 16V for great money.

Cost New £20,000 Price £7995


he Corrado clamour has largely been for the top-of-the-range VR6, but with prices for those growing and likely to continue to do so, attention now turns to the four-pot models. The fundamentals are prime Golf GTI MkII, after all, and that's a good start for any sports coupé. This is a very low-mileage example that looks to be very nearly showroom-fresh.
We looked high and low and found only minor blemishes – a tiny scrape on each front wing and a touched-in stonechip on the nose, under the grille. Otherwise the paintwork is immaculate and even across the whole body.

The alloy wheels are in good condition, with only minor kerbing. Each wheel is encircled by a Continental Premium SportContact 2 with plenty of tread remaining. The interior is near-enough perfect with no bolster wear, rips or tears on the seats to report. Volkswagen cabins are traditionally hard-wearing but even so, it's remarkable just how free from wear this cabin is. There's also a fully-functioning factory-fitted sunroof to enjoy.

With such good presentation it's therefore unsurprising that the paperwork is in good order. It's got full Volkswagen main dealer service history, with 19 stamps in the service book. Its cambelt was last changed in April 2018.

On the road the differences between the original 612 and this example are immediately apparent. Aside from the fruitier-sounding sports exhaust, the OTO feels much sharper, and you feel more able to drive it in the manner a Ferrari should be, helped by the huge carbon brake discs. We didn't experience any faults, strange noises or untoward vibrations during our time with the car.

It gets even better behind the wheel – the car fires up straight off the key, with no searching at idle. The engine revs freely, leading to sprightly performance. It might not have the outright thump of the VR6 models, but the 16V felt particularly nimble on our Lincolnshire test route. The steering is light but accurate, and the gearchange super-smooth. It's very clear that this car has been doted on and loved by its previous custodians. The brakes were highly effective, and we didn't experience any tramlining or fade. Overall, it's absolutely on the button.

The market will always prefer the VR6 models – Storms in particular – but interest in those will also drive up the prices for 16V models. The cost of entry might seem strong, but you're unlikely to find another on the open market in a similar condition. Well worth further scrutiny, we feel.

VW Corrado 16v

Year:    1995
Mileage:    14,423
On sale at:   57,035

Engine:    1984cc, 4-cyl, SOHC
Transmission:   FWD, 5-speed manual
Power:      134bhp@5800rpm
Torque:     434lb-ft@5250rpm
Weight:     1141kg

0-60mph:    9.3sec
Top speed:    130mph
Economy:     33mpg


1988: Volkswagen launches the Corrado coupé, which is based on the A2 (MkII Golf/Jetta) platform. The launch engine was a 1.8-litre four-cylinder unit, available in naturally aspirated (134bhp) and supercharged G60 (158bhp) forms.

1992: 1.8-litre four-cylinder is replaced with 2.0-litre engine producing 134bhp. The 2.9-litre VR6 engine produces 187bhp. Mild styling revisions appear too.

1993: The G60 disappears from UK pricelists.

1994: 500 Corrado Storms are produced, 250 in Mystic Blue with black leather interior, and 250 in Classic Green with cream leather.

1995: Production ends.