An electronic stability control system, traction control and side airbags are standard on all models, while all bar the bottom S model get alloy wheels and an MP3 connection. Air-con is pretty prevalent across the range, too.
An automatic gearbox is available on the 1.4-litre petrol (it’s a costly option, too), but an excellent DSG dual-clutch automatic is available with the GTI. It's also an option on the BlueGT and the 1.0-litre TSI.
The 1.4-litre diesel BlueMotion, with CO2 emissions of just 91g/km, is a tempting buy for company car users, and it’s one of the better eco superminis currently available. The official average fuel economy of 80.7mpg is impressive, too – although you’ll be doing well to better 70mpg in the real world.
Even the standard 1.4 diesel without the BlueMotion’s clever bits gets close to that at a real-world 60mpg. Given the premium the BlueMotion costs, some time with a calculator is essential to see if you can make its premium back with fuel and tax savings.
The BlueGT, with its ACM technology, requires similar consideration. Its 62.7mpg and 107g/km are certainly commendable, but it’s an expensive way to save money in the long run, costing plenty at full showroom price.