A wide range of petrol and diesel engines are available, the cheapest being a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol with either 138bhp or 163bhp. We’ve tried the high-powered option, finding it flexible from low in the rev range and fairly fuel-efficient. Given the small price, emissions and economy penalty over the less powerful version, we’d say it’s worth considering if you don’t do many miles.
The other petrol engine is a 2.0-litre turbo with 256bhp that comes exclusively with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. We’d avoid this because, while it’s quick (0-62mph takes just 7.1sec), it’s available only in top-level Elite Nav trim, making it pricey to buy and it will also be expensive to run.
Moving on to the diesels, there are three available: a 1.6-litre with 108bhp or 134bhp and a 2.0-litre with 168bhp. The less powerful 1.6 is surprisingly willing and is by far the cheapest engine to run. That said, we feel that those who regularly have a full car would be better off with the more potent 1.6.
The 2.0 diesel (the only option if you want the more rugged Country Tourer model) is much more muscular and doesn’t feel that much slower than the 2.0 petrol in the real world. Ultimately, though, the additional cost means you should only consider it if you’re planning on towing a caravan.
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