AT A GLANCE
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.
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.