The biggest selling engine is likely to be the 118bhp 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engine, which we haven’t yet had the chance to try. But with sales of petrol-powered cars rising, the 128bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech engine is also likely to be popular. Despite its small size, it’s a punchy machine that’s more than capable of carrying two people around town, although we’ve yet to see how it deals with a fully loaded car. There’s also a more powerful 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol, which is fine in its own right, but the 1.2 will be enough for most buyers and will be cheaper to buy and run.
For those who tow or regularly travel loaded up with people and luggage, the more powerful 2.0 BlueHDI turbodiesel, with 178bhp, will be more appealing, because it pulls effortlessly from low in the rev range. However, it’s only available in the top-spec model, at a price where other premium rivals may prove attractive. Most of the time, the engines we’ve tried stay smooth and quiet, but press the Sport button – which also weights up the steering further and sharpens the throttle and (where fitted) the automatic gearbox – and the engine noise you hear increases. This is especially true of the diesel models, which can get irritating. All the cars we’ve tried so far have been fitted with automatic gearboxes, which occasionally dither over what gear to select. Manual gearboxes are available across most of the range, though.