S, SE and SE Nav offer an economical 1.6 120PS petrol engine. If you’re looking for something tailor-made for business use or longer distance driving, try the efficient 1.6 CRDi 110PS Blue Drive diesel, available on S, SE and SE Nav.
Blue Drive models feature Intelligent Stop & Go which saves fuel by turning off the engine when the car is stationery, then switches it on again as soon as you press the clutch.
Premium models offer more power with a 1.6 CRDi 136PS Blue Drive diesel engine, which along with the 110PS is available with a manual or new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
DCT works like two separate manual transmissions inside one casing, each being connected to the engine through its own clutch. Gear selection and the operation of the two clutches are precisely controlled, with odd numbered gears operated by one clutch and even numbered gears operated by the other.
This design enables rapid gear changes as the next gear can be preselected in advance of the change. For example, when driving off in first gear, second gear is pre-selected. When the up-shift to second is required, this is achieved by quickly disengaging one clutch and engaging the other.
The main advantage of DCT is a decrease in CO2 emissions, an increase in fuel efficiency, compared to traditional automatic transmissions, plus the speed of the gear change itself.