Hang on, let’s get back to those dif­fer­ences – what are they?

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Well, it sits on the newer HyundaiKia J6 plat­form for a start, which is a rather good thing, and Kia says the com­pany’s Aus­tralian en­gi­neers have tuned the MacPherson strut front and tor­sion beam rear sus­pen­sion for lo­cal con­di­tions.

And while this sort of thing is gen­er­ally mar­ket­ing tosh that should be taken with a mas­sive grain of salt, the Cer­ato does feel pleas­antly at home on our roads.

It has a slightly firmer ride than you might ex­pect from a small sedan, but it brings a nicely tied down and re­spon­sive na­ture to its han­dling, with­out ac­tu­ally com­pro­mis­ing ride com­fort. The steer­ing isn’t ex­actly the most com­mu­nica­tive, but it is crisp and ac­cu­rate.

Around town the ride is a pleas­ant sur­prise, par­tic­u­larly given its tied-down na­ture on the open road, and while it is nei­ther a ra­zor-fo­cused cor­ner carver, nor the last word in cos­set­ing lux­ury, it is pos­si­bly one of the bet­ter com­pro­mises be­tween the two in the small car seg­ment to­day, par­tic­u­larly from the Asian man­u­fac­tur­ers.

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