The Courier-Mail - 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.

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