Hi, I own 1.2 Active since last December. I am very happy with the car. I don't know where this "underpowered" tag came from. Trust me, the car is sweet to drive. I have not driven on hills. But I have other input for you. Once the car was fully loaded with people (6 adults and 1 adolescent and 1 kid) and trunk full of bags. It moved effortlessly. 1.2 is my first car as well. Go for it dude. You can also try 1.3.