AT A GLANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT

Ten airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, lane keep­ing as­sist, pre-col­li­sion, radar cruise, adap­tive head­lights, blind spot mon­i­tor, rear cross traf­fic alert, headup dis­play, leather/al­can­tara up­hol­stery, heated seats, 19-inch al­loys, tri-zone air­con, 12.3-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen, Levin­son au­dio with rear con­trols, voice con­trol, dig­i­tal ra­dio, sun­roof, satnav, rear win­dow sun­shade.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Adap­tive sus­pen­sion, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid auto, front park­ing sen­sors, spare wheel.

OWN­ER­SHIP

No fixed price ser­vic­ing. Ser­vice in­ter­val 12 months/15,000km.

WHAT WE LIKED

The atmo V8 dif­fers from Audi, BMW and Mercedes — thrilling, yet ac­ces­si­ble. Real world per­for­mance and sharp, en­gag­ing dy­nam­ics. Sub­lime steer­ing. Out­stand­ing qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and cus­tomer ser­vice. Did I men­tion the atmo V8?

WHAT WE DIDN’T

The ride’s only just tol­er­a­ble. Tyre noise on coarse-chip bi­tu­men. Driver’s seat won’t fit ev­ery­body. Smart­phone in­te­gra­tion is off the pace. Fid­dly in­fo­tain­ment con­troller. No spare.

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