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Entry-level S trim is pretty sparsely equipped. It has air-con, 16in alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, digital radio and a USB socket, but it’s well worth spending the extra on the more lavishly equipped SE Business version.
This engine is smooth and promises good economy, but it does have to be revved quite hard if you want decent pace. The optional seven-speed automatic gearbox goes some way to concealing the relative shortage of shove (a six-speed manual ’box is standard) and reduces CO2 emissions, so is worth considering.