We’d recommend going for the 1.7-litre diesel engine. It's front-wheel drive only and can’t be had with an automatic gearbox, but for most people this diesel engine is the best choice – it's punchier at low revs than the equivalent engines offered by its rivals.
The 2.0 CRDi engine – available in 134bhp and 182bhp power outputs – is your only option if you want both diesel and four-wheel drive. Even the lower-powered version is satisfyingly strong and will tow a braked trailer of 2.2 tonnes, provided you stick with the manual gearbox. A six-speed auto is optional on both power outputs.
The entry-level 1.6 petrol doesn't benefit from turbocharging so needs revving hard if you want to get anywhere in a hurry. The more powerful turbocharged 1.6 T-GDi petrol is gutsier, especially at low revs, but still needs revving harder than the diesels. You can have this engine with the standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed automatic gearbox.