Its a good engine. They do have (rare) head cracking issues and its good to change the glow plugs every 100,000km. Oil changes and regular maintenance is essential for keeping it going in the long term.
I've had both as for vehicles in the past. If I remember correctly, the turbo is geared better for highway while the non-turbo was better off road. I kind of like how slow the non-turbo engine was... kept me out of trouble and still could do the hwy kms with ease.