Our favourite engine is the 109bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol, which is badged PureTech 110; it picks up eagerly from low revs and doesn’t mind being worked hard, although there’s a bit of a surge of power in the middle of the rev range. It’s also offered in lesser-powered forms, badged 75 and 82. These versions, which produce 74bhp and 81bhp respectively, are tolerable around town, but feel gutless on the motorway. They don’t have turbochargers, which consequently means they feel a lot less gutsy than the 110 version.
The sole diesel engine is the 98bhp 1.6 Blue HDi 100. It is strong enough at low revs, but feels a bit wheezy at medium revs and isn’t as eager as the petrols.
If you’re after an automatic gearbox, there are two to choose from. The PureTech 82 and BlueHDi 100 both come with an automated manual gearbox while the PureTech 110 comes with a regular automatic. Both knock performance slightly over their manual counterparts.
While the automated manual is a cheaper option, it’s jerky and slow to change gear making it hard to recommend.