• The Volkswagen Scirocco range features a broad choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Beautiful vane-type 10 spoke alloys are covered by 235/40 YR18 tyres
  • Chromed, big bore twin-pipe exhaust promises much of the car’s performance
  • Volkswagen is to be applauded for producing such a fabulous coupé on the Golf platform
  • The tail light clusters are neat but unimaginatively styled
  • The Scirocco’s cabin is an inviting place to sit, suitable for a wide range of potential customers
  • Front seats are as comfortable as they look; you sit low within the body, too
  • Space in the rear is surprisingly good, but it isn’t exactly light and airy
  • Rear seats fold to boost an already half-decent boot. Aperture’s a good shape, too
  • The door pulls are inspired by the console-mounted grab handles in the Audi TT
  • Multi-media system is the same as that found in other Volkswagens. It's effective
  • The 2.0 TSI four-pot is the same unit as the one in the nose of a Golf GTi
  • It’s the ease with which the Scirocco's performance is delivered that impresses most
  • Only the overly light, long-travel clutch and over-servoed brake pedal disappoint
  • Even the worst roads pose few problems for the Scirocco’s suspension
  • There is no escaping the fact that the Scirocco is too softly suspended
  • An incredibly convincing and exciting coupé

So often manufacturers dig up names from the past to lend vital support to an underachieving new product. Not this time. The return of the Volkswagen Scirocco is a triumph, thanks to a car that’s probably even better now than the original was. It doesn't just do very few things badly - it does a lot of things very well.

In fact, it is one of the most infuriatingly difficult cars to criticise we’ve encountered in years. It is astonishingly complete in almost all areas and, to cap it all, quite outstanding value for money. It might not be as sharp as a BMW 1 Series Coupé or even an Audi TT, but it’s a much better all-rounder than both and a darn site easier to live with.

Lewis Kingston

Deputy digital editor
The Volkswagen Scirocco is a triumph

You’ve got a great choice of engines (although you should avoid the entry-level 1.4 unless it’s more about the style than the go for you), while the diesels do a good job of blending okay performance with better than okay economy. They also make the most of an awkwardly-small fuel tank.

The standard 2.0-litre offers a great balance of performance and cost and comes nicely kitted out, too – the days of sparsly-equipped Volkswagens seems to be long gone. It’s a sensible place to put your money.

Then there’s the R – offering more pace and poise, but crucially, it’s as comfortable and easy to live with as any other Scirocco.

So if you’ve been toying with the idea of a three-door warm or hot Golf and don’t really need the extra space in the back, get one these instead.

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