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.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Chief tester
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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