Our favourite engine is the 109bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol 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. That engine is also offered in a lower-powered form, badged 82. This version produces 81bhp and is tolerable around town, but feels gutless on the motorway. Thank the omission of a turbo for that.
If you want a little more lead in your pencil, the Puretech 130 is also available. Performance is strong and it copes with motorway journeys the best out of all the engines available, but we’d argue that it’s not worth the premium over the Puretech 110, which is the definite pick of the line-up.
The sole diesel engine is the 1.6 BlueHDi 100 producing 98bhp. It doesn’t accelerate as eagerly as the petrols from low revs and feels a bit wheezy at medium revs.
If you’re after an automatic gearbox, the Puretech 110 is available with a six-speed unit; otherwise a five-speed manual comes as standard, while a six-speed manual is available with the Puretech 130. The Puretech 82 and diesel engines get five-speed manuals. If you do opt for the automatic in the Puretech 110, it knocks performance slightly compared with the manual.