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.