2012 Kia Cerato Review

2012 Kia Cerato Road Test and Review…

I might be starting to sound like a broken record but I continue to be really impressed with the cars Kia has on offer in 2012.

I thought the Rio I drove last week was a very good example of a small car, the model I drove however was the high end SLi with a price tag of nearly $22,000.

For about the same money Kia also has the Cerato on offer and I must say I enjoyed it even more than its little brother.

Being just that little bit bigger the Cerato is more comfortable, has more leg and head room, and a bigger boot.

Personally I also prefer the styling.

Under the bonnet you will find a 2.0 litre petrol engine, my review car had the six speed sports automatic gearbox.

In the Rio you get the choice of a 1.4 or 1.6 litre engine, the 2.0 litre in the Cerato is a good reason to opt for the model with the bigger capacity engine.

While the Rio engines are good for what they are, you simply can’t beat the added grunt of the Cerato especially if you drive regularly on freeways and highways.

The Cerato is a bigger car and you do get more get up and go so it does use more fuel than the Rio - a combined 7.7 litres per 100, compared to the 1.6 Rio which uses a combined 6.1.

I felt the ride and handling was quite good, once again I found the steering a touch on the heavy side and this is a common observation I have made across every car in the Kia line-up.

Inside the cabin you will find quite comfortable seats, a really well laid out dashboard, fairly good quality materials used throughout and an overall pleasant feel.

The Cerato is four star ANCAP rated while the Rio gets a better five star rating.

Summing it up - the Cerato was a car that I drove and liked, it was a car that I felt I personally would be more than happy to drive every day.


Engine: 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol developing 115kW and 194Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic

Safety: Four stars

Warranty: Five years

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $19,390

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