Although we’ve yet to try the Stonic in entry-level 1.4-litre petrol form, previous experience of this engine in other models suggests it's probably best avoided. That's because there's no turbocharger, so consequently very little pull at low revs.
The 1.6 diesel is better, pulling much more eagerly once you get the revs above 1500rpm, but it still doesn't exactly deliver swift acceleration. Besides, not many buyers in this class will want a diesel engine.
That leaves the 1.0-litre petrol, which is undoubtedly the pick of the range. How so, you might ask, seeing as it’s so small? Well, it has a turbocharger, boosting power to 118bhp – 20bhp more than the 1.4 – and there's almost as much low to mid-rev clout as in the diesel. All of which makes the 1.0-litre ideal for sauntering about town or getting up to speed on motorways. And when you rev it out, it becomes suprisingly nippy, with enough guts to gallop past slower-moving traffic. It certainly feels a darn sight sprightlier than the Renault Captur’s 0.9-litre TCe 90 engine or the Suzuki Vitara’s 1.6-litre petrol.