WHAT’S NEW

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PRICE

The base model auto in­creases from its long­stand­ing dis­counted price of $19,990 drive-away to $21,490 drive-away but it is much better equipped. The man­ual re­mains $19,990 drive-away. The Sport is $23,690 drive-away and the flag­ship Sport+ is $26,190 drive-away.

TECH The Cerato now leads the class. All mod­els gain cam­era-based au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing (AEB) and lane­keep­ing as­sis­tance in ad­di­tion to a rear cam­era and front and rear sen­sors. Also avail­able are radar cruise con­trol (adding pedes­trian and cy­clist de­tec­tion to the AEB), rear cross traf­fic alert and blind zone warn­ing.

DRIV­ING

As with all mod­els sold lo­cally, Kia has tuned the sus­pen­sion on Aus­tralian roads. The base model on 16-inch wheels and Kumho tyres is a good all-round pack­age. The Sport pair (both with 17-inch al­loys and Nexen tyres) feel good in dry con­di­tions but wet weather grip could be better.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The carry-over 2.0-litre four-cylin­der is matched to a re­vised six-speed auto or sixspeed man­ual. It uses a touch more fuel than be­fore (up from 7.2L/100km to 7.4L) be­cause the new model is slightly heav­ier.

DE­SIGN

New from the ground up but with the same foot­print as the model it re­places, the Cerato is longer bumper-to-bumper and roomier — it’s big­ger than a Toy­ota Camry from the mid 1990s.

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