Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The entry-level 161bhp 35 TDI is our pick of the entire range. It has plenty of low-down punch so you can tootle around town effortlessly, as well as enough outright pace to whisk you up to motorway speeds effectively (0-62mph takes a very respectable 8.5sec). Then there's the 201bhp 40 TDI, which enables even easier B-road overtakes, although we’d argue that it’s not worth the additional cost.
What about the petrol engines? Well, the 148bhp 35 TFSI needs to be worked fairly hard to build speed in a hurry. That's why we prefer the 201bhp 40 TFSI, which is the best option if you don't want a diesel. It provides a considerable performance boost over the 35 TFSI and works really well in every situation (0-62mph takes 7.3sec – about the same as the BMW 320i Touring) without pushing up the running costs too much.
The pricier S line and Black Edition come with Sport suspension as standard. It's a stiffer, lower set-up that sharpens the handling (see below) but at the expense of comfort, introducing a little extra bumpiness at low speeds. It's far from a deal-breaker, but we'd suggest sticking with the Comfort Dynamic set-up if you can.