I had mixed feelings when I first saw the Volkswagen Scirocco.

Firstly, it looked like it was going to be a lot of fun to drive, particularly as it was a GT and the model I was driving was a rather funky purple (or rather, ultra violet) that seemed to suit it well.

Secondly, though, I knew it was going to be a struggle getting the kids in and out – this is no family car and nor does it sell itself as one, though there are Isofix seat fasteners in the back.

The original Scirocco was launched 40 years ago and needless to say, it has changed considerably.

But the Golf-based coupe’s sleek and sporty appearance has now been enhanced with new headlights and tail lights, as well as revised bumper styling. The front bumper features aerodynamic ‘blades’ in the outer section, like those on the latest-generation Golf GTI, with integrated indicator lights, daytime running lights and fog lights. Under the bonnet are six new turbocharged direct-injection petrol and diesel engines. Most models have BlueMotion Technology, which means they come as standard with Stop/Start and also brake energy recuperation systems.

Four trim levels are available - Scirocco, GT, R-Line and R. You can also choose between a six-speed manual and Volkswagen's six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

The entry level Scirocco comes with plenty of standard equipment including DAB digital radio, Bluetooth; air conditioning, 17-inch ‘Long Beach’ alloy wheels and height-adjustable sports seats. I drove the GT model, which added the RNS 315 touchscreen navigation; 2-Zone climate control; dark-tinted rear windows; 18-inch ‘Interlagos’ alloy wheels; front and rear parking sensors; a black roof lining and Alcantara upholstery.

All Sciroccos now have LED tail lights and, as on a Golf, the Volkswagen logo badge now has an additional purpose: functioning as the tailgate release handle.

A comprehensive range of safety features is fitted to the Scirocco as standard. These include sixairbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme and ABS with Hydraulic Brake Assist.

It was a pain getting my (small) children in and out. But it handled well, was fast and flexible and had loads of grip. Fuel economy is also worth a special mention – no-one likes a thirsty car and 67 miles to the gallon is a good number.

Volkswagen Scirocco GT 2.0 TDi
On the road: £25,025
Top speed: 134mph
0-62mph: 8.6 seconds
Fuel: 67.3mpg
CO2 emissions: 109g/km