The range kicks off with an 84bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine. We haven’t tried it yet, but in an estate it’s unlikely to cope well, so think about the more powerful 109bhp 1.0-litre instead. This is more than good enough if you drive mainly in town, and if you do venture onto the odd motorway, it’ll get up to speed and run with the pack well enough, too.
Then again, for more relaxed motorway cruising or better load-lugging capability, you might want to step up to the four-cylinder petrols, starting with the 123bhp 1.4. This offers a bit more mid-range oomph and revs freely. A more powerful 1.5-litre will be joining the range later in 2017, and we’ll let you know what it’s like as soon as it arrives.
An 89bhp 1.6 TDI starts off the diesel range, but like the smallest petrol version we’re yet to try it. It’s unlikely to be any more economical in the real world than the 113bhp 1.6 TDI diesel, so we’d head straight for that instead. This has a useful band of low-end shove so you can make relaxed, if not exactly brisk progress, but if you want something quicker and can stretch to the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, then do so – the extra poke is definitely worth the extra cash. A more powerful and noticeably brisker 182bhp version is also available that makes overtaking a breeze, but it’s only in the pricier GTD an Alltrack versions.
Finally, for those of you that aren’t prepared to lose face at the lights en route back from Ikea, there’s the R model. This has 306bhp and four-wheel drive, and really can out-accelerate many proper performance cars.