I recently bought my partner a new 2012 Kia Cerato "Extra" Hatch in Racing Red colour.
If I didn't need my ute, I would buy one of these for myself.
The Cerato Hatch "Extra" is a fabulous car to drive, with every accessory would could want. It has good power to weight ratio, great handling, and the auto transmission is very smooth, with the ability to switch to a manual sports mode.
Interior finish and build quality is very good and the car has a very solid feel to it. Plenty of front and rear leg room. Large boot space with flat-folding rear seats allows plenty of load carrying. Obviously Kia has faith in it too by providing a 5-year unlimited km warranty.
Highly recommended and was my choice after extensive research of this market segment. Don't be put off by the Kia name. This is a commendable vehicle.