We really love the 3.0 TDI 286. This V6 diesel engine has 282bhp, so it positively romps off down the road the moment you put your foot down. It’s effortlessly quick in more relaxed, everyday driving, too. That’s down to the enormous shove it generates from low revs, coupled with the responsive eight-speed automatic gearbox that has a knack of finding the right gear for every situation. It's just a shame that UK buyers will have to wait a few months before the order books open for this engine.
Besides, with our sensible hat on, the 187bhp 2.0 TDI diesel is the engine to go for. It’s not outright quick, but it will match or better rivals with equivalent 2.0 engines (like the BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport) for straight-line pace. There’s enough oomph on hand to breeze you up to motorway speeds with little drama, although the seven-speed automatic gearbox that comes with this engine can be a bit slow-witted when pulling away from junctions.
The 2.0 TFSI 252 petrol wouldn’t be our first choice, but it’s worth pondering if you don't want a diesel. This four-cylinder engine revs keenly and feels genuinely lively on the move. Being turbocharged, it’s flexible, too, happily pulling strongly from low revs, much like a diesel.