The slightly more costly Crossback is simpler still, a four-model line-up distinguished only by engine choices, starting at £21,745 for the petrol and finishing at £26,495 for the same automatic oil-burner.
That puts an awful lot of competition – in both hatchback and crossover format – as direct rivals.
For the basic £23,495 price of our BlueHDi 120 test car, you could variously consider the Qashqai 1.5 dCi, the Yeti 2.0 TDI and the Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi. The entry-level Audi Q3 2.0 TDI, meanwhile, is less than £1000 more expensive than the priciest Crossback.
On CO2 emissions at least, the 4 makes for a worthy adversary. The BlueHDi 120, with a manual gearbox, emits 103g/km, making it the equal of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s famously parsimonious 1.5 dCi.
Opting for the six-speed automatic incurs only a 5g/km penalty, too, thanks to its lighter and now more efficient design. Even the most powerful BlueHDi 180 emits only 115g/km.