Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
We’re yet to drive the 2.0-litre petrol engine, but the 1.6-litre diesel is generally fine for a car of this size. Sure, 134bhp looks modest next to an equivalent Superb or Mondeo, but while it’s not as quick as its rivals away from the lights, it’s flexible enough during normal driving, picking up smartly from around 2000rpm. The problem is that flexibility is short-lived: it runs out of puff by 4000rpm.
On a cold start, it grumbles away, and it still sounds a bit strained even when warm – especially if you stretch it beyond the mid-range. Even though a Superb 2.0 TDI 150 isn’t whisper-quiet either, it’s less raucous than the Optima.