Cerato is a lot of car for the money
In an effort to further increase sales, Kia has given its Cerato bolder styling, new technology and added Australian influence in its suspension department, plus revised the engine range.
All of this with no real changes in prices, which begin at $19,990.
Kia’s seven-year unlimited distance warranty and seven-year roadside assistance will continue and they have proved major selling points.
As before, the Kia Cerato comes as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. The model grades are Kia S, S Premium, Si and SLi.
A facelift sees black or gloss black trim for Kia’s “tiger-nose” grille, new bumper, headlights and foglights, all sitting in front of a new bonnet.
The hatchbacks are unchanged at the rear, but the sedan has a new rear bumper and tail lights. The semi-coupe profile on these Kias works nicely.
Inside, there are new trim materials on the dashboard, doors, centre fascia and console, set off by a metallic finish around the air vents. The overhead console has a sunglasses holder.
A launch special sees the Cerato S automatic at no extra charge for the auto, at $19,990.
An optional $500 package on the $19,990 Cerato S adds a rear view camera, Android Auto and automatic headlights, giving you a lot of car for $20,490 drive-away.
This time round, all Ceratos have the same engine, a 2.0-litre fourcylinder that sits beside either a six-speed manual (only in the S grade) or a six-speed automatic transmission in all four grades.
The engine produces 112kW of power and 192Nm of torque and is Euro 4 compliant.
Kia Cerato S has 16-inch steel wheels, power windows, projector headlights, 3.5-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and keyless entry.
The S Premium adds 16-inch alloys with full size alloy spare, automatic lights, seven-inch LCD touch screen with satellite navigation and rear view camera, with additional soft-touch interior surfaces.
The Cerato Si adds leathertrimmed seats, rear air vents, smart key with push-button start, electric folding mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, chrome accents on exterior door handles, window surrounds and wiper arms.
Top-of-the-line Kia Cerato SLi features 17-inch alloy wheels with full-sized alloy spare, alloy-faced pedals, paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, LED daytime running lights, eight-way power driver’s seat adjustment, heated and ventilated driver’s seat and heated passenger seat, sunroof, and HID headlights.
The Cerato is available in clear white, with seven premium options at an extra charge of $520 — aurora black, gravity blue, planet blue, snow white pearl, metal stream, silky silver and temptation red.
Safety is well catered for, with the Cerato having a five-star rating. All models have six airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, electronic stability control with traction control system and vehicle stability management.
Kia Cerato Si also has blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. The topline Cerato SLi also has lane departure warning and forward collision warning.
On the road during an extensive drive program from Sydney airport to the Hunter Valley and back we tested a number of Ceratos.
The suspension has been further tuned for Australian drivers’ tastes and feels very good for a car in this class. Though we get the firmest settings of any Kia on the market, the ride remains compliant on roads and there is little tyre noise.
Handling is not exactly sports sedan, but is closer than you might expect.
Refreshed Kia Cerato offers a lot of style, equipment and chassis dynamics for a very modest price.