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
What stands out?
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.
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.
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.
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