A CYCLE OF SIZING UP
I’m considering a Kia Cerato or Hyundai i30, mainly to carry mountain bike over short distances. Which do you recommend? Glen Campbell, email Most small hatches will carry a mountain bike with the rear seats down and bike’s front wheel removed. Depending on the size of your it may be snug fit you’re limited in only being able to have one other person the car. I’d adopt
try-before-you-buy approach and take bike (and a blanket) dealership see how dimensions line up. If you plan to more bodies, or bikes, then roof rack or post is the obvious solution and
won’t lose riding time while reattaching wheel. The downside others have similar access to your bike if it’s parked in public.
Hyundai i30, from $21,990 drive-away The current car is firmly in runout mode (the new model due this month) and there are good deals to be had. The base i30 Active comes with a six-speed automatic $1000 gift card. A sportier SR variant (it has independent rear suspension in place of the Active’s torsion beam) can be driven off the lot for $26,990 in manual guise. Both have a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay connectivity. The SR adds convenience of auto lights and wipers, satnav, dual-zone aircon and keyless entry/start, along a more powerful engine alloy wheels. Kia Cerato S Premium, $21,990 drive-away That is the price this month for
mid-spec hatch, which edges Hyundai on value with a seven-inch screen
Apple/Android mirroring and satnav, plus a seven-year warranty to Hyundai’s five. That’s hard act match, particularly as the Kia’s 2.0-litre engine has more power than the i30 Active claims to use 0.1 litre/100km less fuel. The Si version, leaving salesrooms for $28,990, is nearly as compelling. It sticks with torsion beam rear suspension but adds basic active safety items such lane departure and blind-spot warnings, plus cross-traffic alert. Subaru Impreza hatch, about $25,000 drive-away Depending on just how adventurous you are in seeking the trails less travelled, the Impreza’s all-wheel drive could be handy for getting and your MTB to start of action. Note that you’ll pay for the privilege compared the South Korean duo. A list price of $22,600 will equate about $25,000 drive-away a base Impreza with continuously variable transmission. Equipment on the entry version is frugal but includes 6.5-inch touchscreen Apple/Android mirroring, tinted rear windows and alloy rims.