WHAT’S NEW

Herald Sun - Cars Guide - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT

Seven airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial, 17-inch al­loy wheels, leather/ Al­can­tara heated front seats, dual-zone air, alu­minium ped­als, 6.1-inch touch screen, Blue­tooth, voice con­trol, sat­nav, rear cam­era, key­less en­try and start­ing, LED head­lights, space-saver spare.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, radar cruise, col­li­sion alert, lane de­par­ture warn­ing/lane keep­ing, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cam­era, park­ing sen­sors, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto. OWNERSHIP

Ser­vic­ing costs $1080 over 3 years/60,000km, with in­ter­vals of 9 months/15,000km.

WHAT WE LIKED

Light, tight and low fat. Beau­ti­fully bal­anced and supremely ag­ile. Point it and it’s there steer­ing. Com­fort­able seats and driv­ing po­si­tion. Com­pli­ant ride. Quiet and re­fined on the high­way. Sim­ple, clas­sic sports car dash de­sign and lay­out. Cheap to buy and run.

WHAT WE DIDN’T

A sports car with a shop­ping trol­ley en­gine. Noth­ing hap­pens below 4500rpm. A yawn at the top end, too, so there’s no pay-off for 98 oc­tane. Gear­box can be un­co­op­er­a­tive. Non­stick tyres. Test car had some poorly-fit­ting dash trim.

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