KIA CERATO SLi
The seven-year warranty, roadside assist and capped-price service program make this brand almost a no-brainer. It has similar features to the Elantra but adds little items such as ventilated driver’s seat, rear aircon vents, folding mirrors and front park sensors. Has a more modern engine, too. Cappedprice service costs $957 for three years and resale is 50 per cent.
Wedge shape is similar to the Elantra’s and that’s all good. Subjectively has a prettier nose. A slightly different boot line snips boot space to 482L over Elantra but you scarcely notice. Dash is less glitzy than Elantra and looks suspiciously like a Volkswagen product.
Kia jumps the queue over Hyundai here with a modern 2.0‒litre (129kW/209Nm). It’s more responsive, quicker and only fractionally thirstier at 7.4L/100km. It shares Elantra’s six‒speed auto transmission and the obscure three‒mode steering program.
Same rating and general features as the Elantra but adds front park sensors, brake emergency display, LED tail lights and heated mirrors, though misses out on Hyundai’s excellent bi‒xenon lights. Matches the other’s full-size spare on an alloy wheel.
Engine is more sparkling but despite the up‒market technology, won’t touch the zip of rivals such as the Golf. Handling is good, with accurate turn in and very good comfort that matches some bigger sedans, rating here a bit above Hyundai.
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