If you prefer a petrol engine to a diesel take a look at the 128bhp 1.2-litre unit. You might think that sounds too small to pull the 3008, but it’s surprisingly peppy and eager to rev. It’s available with the choice of a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox, whereas the more powerful 163bhp 1.6-litre petrol is available as an automatic only. We’ve not driven that engine yet, but with the added cost to buy and run it, we’d expect the 1.2 to be the petrol of choice.
Three diesels are available. The 1.6-litre comes in either 99bhp or 118bhp outputs, and we’d plump for the latter. It’s a flexible engine that might not be particularly fast, but it does offer strong real-world pace and will pull the car ably even when fully loaded.
We’re yet to try the 99bhp version, but we’d expect it to feel sluggish in comparison. There are two 2.0-litre diesels, which come in outputs of 148bhp – only with a manual transmission – and 178bhp – only with an automatic. They may be punchier, but not by enough to justify the extra outlay. The 178bhp unit is strong and has decent economy, and it’s refined too, but it’s very expensive compared to the rest of the range.