You might think that the entry-level 128bhp 1.2-litre would be too small to power a seven-seat SUV, but it’s surprisingly peppy and eager to rev. Both it and the more powerful 163bhp 1.6-litre petrol come available with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. 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.
A range of diesels is available making 99, 118, 148 and 178bhp, but it’s the 2.0-litre BlueHDi that we tested on launch. That engine comes in either 148bhp or 178bhp outputs and it’s the former we’d choose, as it’s a flexible engine that feels quick enough, offers strong real world pace and is capable of pulling the car ably even when fully loaded.
We’re yet to try the 180bhp version, but we’d expect it to be punchier, but not by enough to justify the extra outlay. That said, the more powerful engine comes equipped with an automatic gearbox, which suits the character of this luxurious seven seater down to the ground.