The entry-level 1.2-litre petrol model is best suited to town driving, because you have to work the engine hard to keep up with traffic on faster roads. The 1.6 petrol is much quicker, although it still needs a fair few revs to deliver its performance.
The 1.5-litre diesel, by contrast, isn’t particularly quick, but it delivers its power smoothly and is gutsy from low revs, making it our pick of the engine range. The 1.6-litre diesel engine feels stronger still, which makes it useful if you regularly haul around your family and their luggage.
The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, which has a direct, nicely weighted shift action, albeit one that is a little long. The automatic option is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is available on the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.6 diesel. It’s one of the better examples of this type of gearbox and is smart enough to avoid the sort of sky-high revs that you often get when accelerating in a CVT-equipped car.