AT A GLANCE
Cerato sedan and hatch is rock solid at $19,990 on the road.
The range of midlife updates includes a 2.0-litre petrol engine as standard, a new nose with bigger grille opening and smaller headlamps, improved interior trim and fittings, sharper suspension and more safety equipment throughout the line-up.
“Our strategy was to add value to this midlife upgrade. The pricing has remained unchanged for the volume variants,” says Kia Motors Australia boss Damien Meredith.
“Drive-away pricing has been one of the great things for our success.
“We’ve kept the consistency with our pricing. We’re not going to change that now.
“Our goal with this model is to break into the top five. I think fourth is where we should be.”
The updated Cerato definitely drives well for the class and, after Carsguide cited the harsh ride and noisy cabin of the previous model, there has been a lot of improvement. Even the Nexen tyres on the Cerato are a lot better.
Six airbags are standard and Kia Australia says it retains the five-star ANCAP score, although there is still no reversing camera on the starter
7 years/unlimited km
From $2579 for 7 years
12 months/15,000km 5 stars
2.0-litre 4-cyl, 112kW/192Nm
6-speed man/auto; FWD 7.1L/100km
Sedan 4560mm/hatch 4350mm (L), 1780mm (W), 1435mm/1450mm (H), 2700mm (WB)
From 1770kg Full-size alloy (steel on base model)
Improved infotainment, more safety gear on upspec models, five-star ANCAP rating after submissions from Korea on the body changes.
Standard 2.0-litre improves economy. Paddle-shifters are needed for keen drivers to tap into the performance.
The Cerato gets a worthwhile boost in cornering grip, steering feel and ride control. Even the Nexen tyres are better.
Bigger grille opening with smaller lamps makes the front more aggressive, wheel designs are new, small changes inside including chrome trim around air vents.