AT A GLANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT

Seven airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, limited-slip dif­fer­en­tial, 16-inch al­loy wheels, air­con, cruise con­trol, 6.1-inch touch­screen, CD player, Blue­tooth with au­dio stream­ing, USB socket, au­to­matic head­lights, rear cam­era, 60-40 split rear seat, full-size spare.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Key­less en­try and start, rain-sens­ing wipers, au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, radar cruise, col­li­sion alert, lane de­par­ture warn­ing/lane keep­ing, blind spot mon­i­tor, park­ing sen­sors, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto.

OWN­ER­SHIP

Ser­vic­ing costs $700 over four years/75,000km, with in­ter­vals of nine months/15,000km.

WHAT WE LIKED

A well-built, re­li­able car at a killer price that has al­most ev­ery­thing you need and noth­ing you don’t. Big cabin and boot. Sim­ple, func­tional in­fo­tain­ment. Smooth and quiet. Com­pli­ant ride and com­fort­able seats. Safe, se­cure road­hold­ing. Rea­son­able per­for­mance. Runs on reg­u­lar unleaded. Low run­ning costs.

WHAT WE DIDN’T

Au­to­matic’s shift tim­ing can be er­ratic, shifts can be harsh and it hunts on hills. En­gine isn’t big on torque. Vague steer­ing on cen­tre. Ure­thane steer­ing wheel. Ex­ces­sive body roll. Blind spot mon­i­tor and rear cross traf­fic alert avail­able only on top-spec Atara SL.

ALSO CON­SIDER

MAZDA6 SPORT $32,490

Can’t get close to the Camry Al­tise on price but you get more stan­dard equip­ment, ti­dier han­dling and a re­spon­sive, ef­fi­cient 138kW 2.5-litre en­gine.

SKODA OC­TAVIA 110TSI $25,290

Haven’t driven this but col­leagues like it. Smaller than Camry, with VW’s punchy, fru­gal 1.4 turbo, auto emer­gency brak­ing and radar cruise.

SUBARU LIB­ERTY 2.5I $30,240

Big and well-built, with rea­son­able per­for­mance from 129kW 2.5-litre/CVT/AWD, plus Subaru’s Eye­Sight ac­tive safety set-up.

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