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2020 Kia Cerato – Value

2020 Kia Cerato review

Pluses & Minuses

Pro – Comfortable; pleasant to drive; auto-braking as standard; great GT version

Con – Lacklustre engine in non-GT versions; worse fuel economy than previous model

The Pick: 2021 KIA Cerato GT 5D Hatchback

What stands out?

The Kia Cerato hatch and sedan have stylish cabins, strong infotainment suite, and drive nicely, with all versions featuring some kind of autonomous emergency braking and seven-year warranty. The range is topped by a fun-driving GT version powered by a punchy 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.

Kia Cerato range

What might bug me?

Wishing Kia had installed a not-so sluggish engine in the non-GT versions than simply carrying over the old 2.0-litre powerplant from the previous model. The new model is 19kg heavier than its predecessor, resulting in reduced performance and fuel economy; up from 7.2 litres/100km to 7.4 litres/100km.

Feeling fatigued after long drives in a Cerato GT thanks to the hard suspension tune that makes it great for handling but a harsh over less than perfect roads such as country highways.

What body styles are there?

Five-door hatch, and four-door sedan.

The Cerato drives the front wheels, and are classed as a small car, lower priced.

Kia Cerato sedan

Kia Cerato hatchback

What features do all Cerato versions have?

  • An 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone paring, and Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls and music streaming. Sound system with six speakers (except the GT which has eight speakers).
  • Reversing camera with parking guidelines.
  • Front and rear parking sensors that help you judge how close you are to obstacles.
  • Autonomous emergency braking that detects, and prevents or mitigates a collision with a vehicle in front of your Cerato.
  • Cruise control.

Cerato S interior
Kia Cerato S

  • Lane-keeping assist that helps steer the Cerato within the lines on a highway.
  • Dusk-sensing headlights, daytime running lights and rear fog lights.
  • Height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel, and height adjustment for the driver’s seat.
  • Controls on the steering wheel for the cruise control, the audio system and your phone.
  • Seatbelt reminders for all five seat positions.
  • Tyre pressure monitor.
  • Space-saving spare wheel and tyre,
  • Hill-start assist, which controls the brakes automatically to help you start from rest on an uphill slope.
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (Esc), which can help control a skid or slide. All new cars must have these features.
  • Six airbags: two at the front; one on each side to protect front-seat occupants in side crashes; and a curtain airbag down each side to protect heads in a side impact.

The Cerato has a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Which engine uses least fuel, and why wouldn’t I choose it?

The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine in the Cerato GT hatch and sedan has an official economy rating of 6.8 litres/100km (city and country combined) through its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Our real-world testing has seen that figure rise to about 8.4 litres/100km.

Kia Cerato 1.6-litre engine

The main reason you wouldn’t choose this engine is that it’s only available in the most expensive Cerato, the GT, and you want to buy a more affordable version. This would bring you the 2.0-litre petrol engine that carried over from the previous model.

Because the new model is a little heavier it consumes slightly more than before – 7.4 litres/100km (city and country combined) with the six-speed automatic transmission and 7.6L/100km with the six-speed manual. In real-world driving, expect about 9.0 litres/100km on average.

While a little dated, the 2.0-litre is a flexible engine that performs well in the city and cruises comfortably on the highway.

The Cerato S and Cerato Sport come with a six-speed manual gearbox but offer a six-speed conventional auto as an option. All other Ceratos have the auto as standard.


By David Bonnici and WhichCar Staff