Equip­ment and value

Wheels (Australia) - - DRIVES -

The G25 GT is stacked with kit. It scores i-Ac­tivsense, which in­cludes AEB, lane keep­ing, lane-de­par­ture warn­ing, traf­fic-sign recog­ni­tion and for­ward-col­li­sion warn­ing. The 8.8-inch dis­play, while not touch-en­abled, sup­ports Apple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, and the GT gains heated seats/steer­ing wheel, leather, head-up dis­play and a 12-speaker Bose sound sys­tem. Mazda’s five-year, un­lim­ited-km war­ranty is two years short of Kia’s, and the 3’s price is higher at $34,490. 19/25

The range-top­ping Cer­ato GT largely mir­rors the Mazda’s safety kit. Other spec high­lights in­clude front and rear park­ing sen­sors, dual-zone cli­mate, heated/ven­ti­lated seats, eight-speaker JBL sound sys­tem and an 8.0-inch touch dis­play sup­port­ing Apple CarPlay and An­droid Auto. The Cer­ato lacks the 3’s rain-sens­ing wipers and head-up dis­play, but its in­dus­try-lead­ing seven-year, un­lim­ited-km war­ranty and $31,990 price add to its ap­peal. 21/25

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