I notice you have a 1.4 petrol, how do you find it?
I'd not considered them after been used to a 1.8 for the past 4 years!
It's OK:- I'd say it depends on how much you are lugging about; If you consistently have 3 passengers, you'll feel heavy with the 1.4, but especially if it is just you, there is enough power to have fun, especially when using the gears properly:- As is my mantra, 3rd will get you to 85; Remeber this and you can make good progress even with acceleration, especially once rolling.
I've done a reasonable number of long motorway journeys, and it's good fun when you keep up the momentum:- Indicated 75, GPS 70 has you sitting at "3499" RPM, Just before the first power band comes in, so you do get responsiveness when cruising.
Though the power is a trade off, it will be lighter and more efficient; I get 47+ MPG on a motorway run at a steady ~70 (GPS), which helps to justify destroying the fuel economy average with 2nd / 3rd gear whooshes around B roads (Which I often still result in 40+ MPG!)
If you find one on offer, test drive it and see how you find it - If you're not looking for unreasonable power, it may suit you, but it can still make good progress when driven right.