It remains to be seen how much uptake there will be for the pricier of the two diesel options in a model range defined so squarely by value for money.
Those who are willing to spend the kind of cash that might otherwise have bought a full-sized economy-minded diesel hatchback from Ford, Vauxhall, Seat or Hyundai, however, should find the 1.6-litre Multijet diesel in the Tipo broadly to their liking.
The motor is a bit peaky in the way it serves up its lump of turbo-induced torque, suffering with some lag at low revs, followed by a slightly abrupt rush of boost that the car’s accelerator pedal mapping could make easier to manage.
But the problem is also partly caused by the engine’s healthy 236lb ft, which is a fair amount more than that produced by most downsized oil-burners.
That advantage manifested itself in the performance figures we recorded. A typical 1.5 or 1.6-litre diesel needs about 11 seconds to accelerate from 30-70mph through the gears and between 13 and 14 seconds to do the same sprint locked in fourth gear.