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