The 114bhp turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine that forms the entry-point into C-HR ownership is definitely the one we’d point you towards. Granted, it can struggle to get going at the very bottom of the rev range, especially if you’re pointing uphill, but once there are a few revs on the dial, it pulls you along very easily, and with a surprising amount of purpose. It’s a smooth and quiet little engine, too, although the notchy manual gearshift and rather overbearing levels of wind- and road-noise do harm the car’s overall refinement. The Hybrid version, which uses the same drivetrain as the Prius, struggles even more with refinement. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) sends the engine revs shooting all over the place, even when you’re driving the car relatively gently. Plod along at a constant 70mph on the motorway, for instance, and the drone you hear from under the bonnet will vary in its volume and pitch every few seconds. What’s more, the performance always feels much more laboured than it does with the smaller engine. The 1.2 is also available with CVT and, if you so desire, four-wheel drive, but we see little point in adding either.