You have a choice of two 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines – one with 59bhp and the other with 74bhp. As is often the case with city cars, which rarely feel like they have the pace to set your breeches on fire, neither is particularly energetic; both require plenty of revs to get going.
The lower-powered version is fine for pottering about town, although it does feel sluggish out on the open road. So if you are regularly venturing farther afield on A-roads and motorways, the more eager-beaver 74bhp motor will suit you that bit better.
If you need better performance, it’s worth remembering that, for a bit extra cash, the Volkswagen Up comes with more powerful turbocharged versions of the same 1.0-litre engine.