The Scirocco was never pretty
And it still isn't, which is one of the reasons why it's sales are so dismal. Not sure how VW maintenance and repair costs are across the pond but they kill U.S. sales after the initial new car ownership wears off. The VW Diesel (and petrol) engines are very good, reliable and fuel efficient engines. The DSG in my experience works very well and is the preferred choice for many. Build quality even of German produced models along with the unsavory dealership experience from most U.S. VW dealers continues to cost VW sales and repeat business..