Kia’s Cerato has a few rough edges, but for many buyers, these are smoothed out by the Korean hatchback’s excellent ownership credentials that start with its sharp drive-away pricing and finish with that generous factory warranty (unless owned even longer than seven years, of course).
And in between, there’s a practical and comfortable interior that makes the Cerato roomy transport for a small family. Just tick that Safety Pack option, and don’t expect a press of the accelerator to reflect the Sport badge.
The Toyota Corolla disappoints with its tiny boot, cramped rear cabin and sub-par infotainment. They are potential deal-breakers for some buyers.
Yet, for empty-nesters or owners who will rarely carry rear passengers, the 11th-generation Corolla rewards with its hugely satisfying driving experience and the SX’s lengthy equipment list.
And, really, only buyers will know which of these hatches best fits their bill – and their budget.