Exciting to drive and a worthy rival for the likes of the Renault Megane coupe and the sporty Audi S3, the sixth-generation Volkwagen Scirocco – the first car to use the name since VW discontinued the old coupe in 1992 – is based on the suspension and chassis also used by the previous generation Volkswagen Golf. The coupe range comes in five specifications – the entry-level standard car, mid-spec GT, sportier R-Line and GTS versions and top-of the-range performance-focused special edition R. The range offers 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol engines, plus a 2.0-litre diesel that can now also be ordered with BlueMotion Technology for superior fuel economy and efficiency. It looks great, too, even though it first debuted back in 2008 and the interior sticks too closely to the Volkswagen Eos for the distinctive exterior styling. For the best balance of performance, economy and cost, we’d recommend the GT model with the 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. A triumphant return – but what next for this now aging model? Well, Volkswagen celebrated the millionth Scirocco sold in 2013 with a special edition Scirocco Million model. Unfortunately this is yet to be released in the UK market.