Comparative Test: Toyota Corolla 1,6 Prestige vs. Kia Cerato Sedan 1,6 EX vs. Hyundai Elantra 1,6 Premium

Team comments

Terence Steenkamp

"Good enough" doesn't cut it anymore, Toyota. Cerato is my pick.

Terence Steenkamp
Steve Smith

Very, very close. You can't go wrong with all three. I'd take the Corolla.

Steve Smith
Sudhir Matai

In this price-sensitive segment, the Cerato offers the best value.

Sudhir Matai
Mike Fourie

Corolla backs up progressive styling with sure-footed handling.

Mike Fourie
  • Miguel

    I´ll pick the Toyota for reliability and build quality, the Kia forspace and warranty and the Hyundai for durability and charm.

  • Freddie

    Why did Toyota chance their cars to look like a Kia, they have no imagination

    • Miguel

      As well as you!

  • Knormoer

    I would rather wait for the new Mazda 3

  • abmon

    Kia and Hyundai are waanabees!!!!! Ride and Dynamics, driver enjoyment and solid motoring are what matter to me. Keep your USB, ICU, RDS aka KAK….i can do without them.

    “A good few of the team experienced an imprecision to both its and the Elantra’s tillers that lead to a feeling of detachment from the behaviour of the front wheels. In the Cerato’s case, this is evidenced by a great deal of looseness around dead centre, and by contrast, the Elantra’s steering feels heavier at low speeds than one might expect.”
    Based on the above there should not even be a single Elantra or Cerato on the road….who the hell buys a car with the above behavior!!!! My 10 year old Tazz behaves better than them…..

    • Knormoer
      • abmon

        Cos they (and BMW and GM) care. And others should learn! GM sales went up 7% after their recall, beating the industry average.

        Regarding Toyota….none of the issues covered by the recalls caused injuries or fatalities, the issues appear largely minor. The recall is a sign of Toyota continuing to be extremely proactive. A recall may be something of a PR boon to automakers. It reinforces quality and safety with the consumer.

        During Toyota’s 2009-2010 recall over sudden acceleration, some owners seemed to appreciate how the company kept them informed, and the way it took care of the problem, and thus their resale is amongst the best.

        It was done in a very professional way. If it was a brand that sort of handled things in a lackadaisical manner, the outcome might have been entirely different.

        • Knormoer
          • abmon

            ooops that’s so bad! anyway I’m on my umpteenth Toyota in 16 years Toyota and never a hiccup from any oone of them ….. maybe I’m lucky. Anyway my choice will be the new corolla (or Golf), then the old shape corolla….

          • Knormoer

            Hold on to that Tazz. One of the most reliable cars ever produced and according to many in the security business almost unbreakable. Modern Toyotas can only dream about that level of uncomplicated reliability.

          • abmon

            right….its currently on 180 000km and still going strong, and cost pittance to maintain…..

  • Miguel

    Best budget Sedans.