AT A GLANCE
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.
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.