The 110PS K9K diesel mill never felt strained or overworked. Fuel efficiency in the city came down to 11-12kmpl (from highway figures of 14-16kmpl), which is fair enough for a 1,368kg MPV being driven in peak traffic. The diesel engine's clatter does seem a bit loud outside, but one can barely hear the motor inside. In fact, the only noise I experienced in the quiet cabin was the wind hitting the mirrors and that too at high speeds. The engine is refined even if the turbo lag under 1,800rpm is very apparent. Nonetheless, once the needle crosses this point the engine doesn't break a sweat and a good amount of torque keeps the car going. There was no need to keep working through the gears again and again.
Slow speed ride is as good as the high speed ride. Even though the Lodgy has a big steering, it's light and quick to respond, making it feel car-like to drive. The short gear throws are nice, but my only concern is the heavy clutch. Continuous driving in traffic does induce some pain in the left leg. Otherwise, it is a breeze to drive the Lodgy.