AT A GLANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT

An easy to op­er­ate in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, a full-size spare in the boot and front and rear park­ing sen­sors are stan­dard fit.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Ac­tive safety soft­ware, such as blind spot alerts, can’t be had in any spec­i­fi­ca­tion and the base model misses out on a re­vers­ing cam­era.

OWN­ER­SHIP

Here’s where the Cer­ato shines. The seven-year war­ranty tops the field and is backed by capped-price ser­vic­ing cost­ing a rea­son­able $2811 for seven years

WHAT WE LIKED

Smart trans­mis­sion, good driv­ing po­si­tion, cruise con­trol in all mod­els and be­nign on-road man­ners

WHAT WE DIDN’T

Point­less elec­tric steer­ing weight op­tions, in­con­spic­u­ous looks and pad­dle shifters can only be had on the SLi.

OTH­ERS TO CON­SIDER

Mazda3 SP25 GT sedan/hatch $29,790

A punchier en­gine and vastly bet­ter in­te­rior are off­set by the higher ser­vic­ing costs and the fact ev­ery sec­ond per­son seems to drive one.

Ford Fo­cus Ti­ta­nium sedan/hatch $32,690

The Fo­cus fi­nally has a de­cent in­te­rior and the 1.5-litre turbo mo­tor is a rip­per but needs at least 95RON fuel to de­liver the per­for­mance.

Toy­ota Corolla ZR hatch $28,990

If prac­ti­cal­ity is the prime rea­son for buy­ing then the Corolla has to be con­sid­ered. Like the Kia it man­ages to rate well in all ar­eas with­out ex­celling at any.

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