2017 Kia Cerato
Keen to further increase sales Kia has given its Cerato bolder styling, new technology and added Australian influence in its suspension department. At the same time is has 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 obviously continue as they have proven to be a major selling point.

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 taillights. The semi-coupe profile on these Kias works nicely.

Inside, there are new trim materials on the dashboard, doors, centre fascia and console, set of by a metallic finish around the air vents. The overhead console has a sunglass holder.

2017 Kia Cerato

A launch-special price sees the Cerato S automatic at no extra charge for the auto, that is $19,990. Kia isn’t sure how long it will be able to hold the free-auto deal, so get in quick you’re halfway interested.

An optional $500 package on the $19,990 Cerato S adds a rearview camera, Android Auto and automatic headlights, giving you a lot of car for just $20,490 driveaway.

This time around all Ceratos have the same engine, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder 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 112 kW of power and 192 Nm of torque and is Euro 4 compliant.

Kia Cerato S has16-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, 7.0-inch LCD touch screen with satellite navigation and rear view camera, along with additional soft-touch interior surfaces.

2017 Kia Cerato

The Cerato Si adds leather trimmed seats, rear air vents, smartkey with push-button start, electric folding mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, chrome accent on exterior door handles, window surrounds and wiper arms.

Topline Kia Cerato SLi features 17-inch alloy wheels with full size 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 7.0-inch audio visual and satellite navigation screen are hardware compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. This isn’t currently usable but can be software flashed at a Kia dealer when licensing agreements are finalised. There is no charge for this.

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 (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA); Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) 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 gets 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 are getting the firmest settings of any Kia on the market the ride remains compliant on roads and there’s little tyre noise.

Handling isn’t exactly sports sedan, but is closer than you might expect, all the more so when you consider Cerato is a low cost family sedan or hatch.

Refreshed Kia Cerato offers a lot of style, equipment and chassis dynamics for a very modest price. Definitely one to add to your short list in this class.

The complete 2016 Kia Cerato range is:
S 2.0-litre hatch or sedan: $19,990 (manual or automatic)
S with AV 2.0-litre hatch or sedan: $20,490 (automatic)
S Premium 2.0-litre hatch or sedan: $24,990 (automatic)
Si 2.0-litre hatch or sedan: $28,990 (automatic)
SLi 2.0-litre hatch or sedan: $32,490 (automatic)
Note: These are driveaway prices and include all government and dealer delivery charges.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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