A chance encounter with an original version got me thinking about the all-new Volkswagen Scirocco. To be honest, it’s a concept that I’m still struggling with. 

Because the original Scirocco was one of the best coupes of all time, encapsulating all the virtues that the breed is meant to exemplify. It looked good, it drove well and it cost everyday hatchback money to run.

The mk1’s crisp lines, sharp handling and sturdy mechanicals earned it a devoted following back in the day – it was a sort of middle-class answer to the Ford Capri. Okay, so the ‘seventies rust-proofing meant that most of the first generation had fallen to pieces well before Maggie left power, but in the combination of general niceness with near-Golf practicality, the Scirocco led the way.

Now the new Scirocco is going to be bigger, heavier and considerably more ugly. I’m reliably informed that it doesn’t look as bad on a motorshow stand as it does in the pictures, but it’s still definitely not an oil painting. Okay, so we should be thankful it’s not a retro mash-up – most manufacturers’ first instinct when raiding their heritage – but it does just seem to be trying a little too hard.