The entry-level 1.0 petrol model is fine if you spend most of your time in town, but we would advise buying a more muscular engine if you plan on regular motorway work or carrying heavy loads. The 1.6 TDI is more flexible, but of the diesels it’s the 2.0 TDI that offers the best blend of power and economy.
Although the 2.0-litre diesel is available with four-wheel drive, we would only recommend it if you really need the additional traction; it’s more expensive and you pay an economy and emissions penalty for the all-weather ability it brings. With that in mind, we’d stick to the 148bhp variant rather than the pricier, and exclusively four-wheel drive, 187bhp variant.
As entertaining as it is to have a small SUV that can keep pace with some hot hatches, the 148bhp diesel is more than up to the job the vast majority of the time. You’ll only appreciate the extra power of the 187bhp variant if you’re towing, driving up a very steep hill or always have to be first away from toll booths.
The 1.4-litre petrol won’t match the diesels’ average fuel economy, but if you're not doing vast annual mileages then it's actually the best option in the range. It’s cheaper to buy than the diesels, still returns decent economy, and with solid mid-range shove and a willingness to rev, it’s both relaxing in day-to-day use and quick when required.