AT A GLANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT

Six airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, 16-inch al­loy wheels, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, rear cam­era, left-side blind spot mon­i­tor, 7-inch touch­screen, Blue­tooth, two USB ports, HDMI port, 12V socket, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto, tyre pres­sure warn­ing, alarm, key­less en­try and start, leather wrapped steer­ing wheel, space-saver spare.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, radar cruise, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, rear cross traf­fic alert, sat­nav, au­to­matic wipers and head­lights, pad­dle-shifters.

OWN­ER­SHIP

Base ser­vic­ing costs $2868 over five years/100,000km. Some ser­vice items are ex­tra. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are six months/10,000km.

WHAT WE LIKED

Sharp looks. Spa­cious, com­fort­able cabin. Smooth, quiet ride and se­cure han­dling on rough roads. Re­fined driv­e­train and low fuel con­sump­tion on reg­u­lar un­leaded. Com­fort­able driv­ing po­si­tion and sup­port­ive driver’s seat. Clear, in­for­ma­tive in­stru­ments and touch­screen.

WHAT WE DIDN’T

A bit more grunt wouldn’t hurt. Driver as­sist safety tech avail­able only on top-spec model. Why only half a blind spot mon­i­tor? Fit and fin­ish not quite there yet. Short ser­vice in­ter­vals and war­ranty.

ALSO CON­SIDER HYUNDAI ELANTRA AC­TIVE $24,250

Honda-sized, with 2.0-litre four (112kW/192Nm) and sixspeed auto. Slightly thirstier but war­ranty is five years/ un­lim­ited km.

KIA CER­ATO S PRE­MIUM $24,990

Nav­i­ga­tion stan­dard and seven years/un­lim­ited km war­ranty. Un­der­rated but def­i­nitely worth a look. Same driv­e­train as the Hyundai.

MAZDA3 MAXX $24,890

Now has driver as­sist safety tech, in­clud­ing au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing. Sim­i­larly fru­gal 2.0-litre (114kW/ 200Nm) and six-speed auto driv­e­train.

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