AT A GLANCE

The Advertiser - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

WHAT IT’S GOT Blind spot and lane de­par­ture warn­ing, adap­tive cruise con­trol, rear cross traf­fic alert, au­to­matic open­ing tailgate, sat­nav, rear cam­era and sen­sors, heated front and rear seats. WHAT IT HASN’T Stop-start tech­nol­ogy for sav­ing fuel, a snobby badge on the nose, au­ton­o­mous low-speed brak­ing. OWN­ER­SHIP Kia doesn’t quite have the re­sale strength of some of its Ja­panese com­peti­tors but com­pen­sates with an in­dus­try-lead­ing seven-year war­ranty that in­cludes seven years of road­side as­sis­tance if you ser­vice at a Kia dealer. There is also capped price ser­vic­ing for seven years, although you need a VIN to be able to cross-shop costs with ri­vals. WHAT WE LIKED Classy, quiet cabin, punchy diesel en­gine, ex­ten­sive fea­ture list, com­fort­able ride. WHAT WE DIDN’T Not be­ing able to find ser­vice costs easily online. Steer­ing feel isn’t quite right. Fuel con­sump­tion is higher than pre­vi­ous model. PICK OF THE RANGE The SLi is $6000 cheaper than the Plat­inum if you can live with­out the driver as­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy. Apart from the lat­ter’s sun­roof, there’s not a lot of vis­ual dif­fer­ence be­tween the two,

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