Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
There are just three engines to choose from: a 1.5-litre diesel and two turbocharged 1.2-litre petrols, the more powerful of which is available exclusively with an automatic gearbox.
The cheapest is the Puretech 110 petrol, which is punchy enough to make the Puretech 130 feel unnecessary – at least for those who are happy with a manual 'box.
Noise and vibration
A nasty cocktail of a numb clutch pedal, an overly light accelerator and a vague manual gearshift means driving smoothly at low speeds requires the sort of concentration needed to thread a needle. Changing gear and pulling away is so much easier and more instinctive in the Puma, Kamiq and T-Roc.
The petrol engines are reasonably hushed but you do feel some buzzing through the steering wheel and clutch pedal. The diesel engine is worse in this regard and is unsurprisingly noisier, too. There's also more road and wind noise at motorway speeds than you hear in many rivals, including the Puma and T-Roc.