I went through the same dilemma several months ago, my journeys are shortish and no motorways involved so I did go for the 2.4 petrol and to be honest I am well pleased with it. Its manual, 2wd and no DPF! I get around 30 mpg normal driving and 40 on a recent motorway trip. So for me a good decision and so far totally reliable..... Probably not what you want to hear if you're about to sign up for a diesel!
Antara 2014 2.4 petrol, now with cruise control