AT A GLANCE
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.