A CY­CLE OF SIZING UP

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - WHICH CAR? -

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.

CHOICES

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.

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