WHAT’S NEW?

Mercury (Hobart) - Cars Guide - - FIRST DRIVE -

PRICE The real bot­tom line is likely to be the same at $13,990 drive-away for the man­ual. But Kia re­fuses to ad­ver­tise a price so low and will pro­mote only the $15,690 drive-away ticket for the auto.

EQUIP­MENT Cruise con­trol is now stan­dard, as are auto head­lights and Ap­ple CarPlay/An­droid Auto for dis­play­ing your phone menu on the cen­tre screen.

PER­FOR­MANCE En­gine and gear­boxes are largely un­changed, apart from 2Nm of ex­tra torque.

DRIV­ING More high-strength steel and more sound dead­en­ing make for a qui­eter cabin. Un­like the pre­vi­ous model, the sus­pen­sion and steer­ing have been tuned for lo­cal con­di­tions.

DE­SIGN The car is new but the styling looks more like a re­fresh over a stiffer new body. Cabin is more mod­ern in de­sign and con­sid­er­ably roomier.

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