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S line is basically about bigger (17in) alloy wheels and more aggressive looks, as well as sports suspension that might (we haven’t tried it yet) harm the ride.
So far, this is the only engine in the range. It’s a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit with 114bhp, and it’s a frisky little thing, with a generous amount of shove from around 2000rpm, twinned with a keenness to keep pulling all the way to its 6000rpm-plus limiter. That makes it a flexible performer, so you don’t have to change gears continually to keep pace with traffic. It thrums away but is never coarse, and it comes with either a six-speed manual gearbox or optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.