Ride and han­dling

Wheels (Australia) - - DRIVES -

De­spite the tor­sion-beam rear, the G25 GT shines dy­nam­i­cally. The open road re­veals a flu­id­ity, light­ness and ca­pa­bil­ity that ri­vals warm hatches. At speed the steer­ing feels con­nected, the pow­er­train is re­spon­sive and there’s gen­uine en­gage­ment at the car’s lim­its. The trade-off is a ride qual­ity that, when con­fined to city lim­its, verges on firm – sharp im­per­fec­tions can trans­fer into the cabin. Still, the 3 re­tains its tra­di­tional keen han­dling prow­ess. 20/25

With sus­pen­sion tuned specif­i­cally in Aus­tralia for our roads you’d ex­pect a sup­ple ride qual­ity. But you’d be wrong. Stiff, but not crashy, is the re­sult – the well-tuned dampers are its sav­ing grace. Tied in with a multi-link rear-end and 18-inch wheels wrapped in grippy Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport 4 rub­ber, the Cer­ato GT feels planted and en­gag­ing. While its per­sona is a lit­tle more fo­cused than fun com­pared to the Mazda, it would be quicker along your favourite road. 19/25

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