2015 Kia Cerato S Premium Road Test and Review.
Kia seems to be pumping out quality products and the 2015 Kia Cerato S Premium is no different.
I found this an impressive offering and should be a serious consideration for any buyer in the market for a small car start from $24,990.
The S Premium is the next spec up from the base model and possesses a 1.8L engine that deals 110kW and 178Nm.
After a week of urban driving, fuel economy came out quite efficient at 7.8L/100km, only a tad over the combined consumption of 7.4L.
This car can really go! It has just enough vitality to accelerate hard but does get noisy in the upper revs.
In the cabin leg room is good both front and back.
The steering wheel is the same design as in the Kia pro_cee’d except for the trims and stitching. Gauges are straightforward, A/C controls are a simple three dials and there are aux,USB and two 12 volts inputs in the middle.
The centre console is angled towards driver and houses a great touchscreen and audio system which was quick to locate and connect to my iPod.
It also has one neat feature not commonly found; you can select the track position on the touchscreen without having to ff/rew or replay.
The satellite navigation system is very good and can be found in other Kia models. I found it easy to find destinations and alter your route however, the system did get lost in tunnel tracking the surface roads instead.
Storage throughout the cabin is also minimal as there are no rear seat pockets and the door slot is a little slim though there is a bottle holder as well as a sunglasses holder above and a hatch in front of the gear stick with a locking button.
Safety wise features include a reversing camera, reversing sensors, front sensors and a full array of airbags combining into a 5 Star ANCAP rating.
But it’s not just the major features but the small things that make the difference. Touches like the softness and smoothness of the door handle when it opens or the ease at which the door shuts. Design aspects you’d expect from a car in a higher price bracket.
Recessed belt buckles that sit flush in the rear seats and general fit and finish tops this off.
And if that wasn’t enough there’s Kia’s 7 year unlimited km warranty.
Overall, this is an unbeatable option for those who want a small hatch with some comforts that is pleasurable to drive and has just enough pep to zoom around town.
Be sure to check out our review of the Kia Cerato Si.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Kia Cerato S Premium
Engine: 1.8 litre petrol producing 110kW and 178Nm
Warranty: 7 Year Unlimited Km
Safety: Five Stars
Origin: South Korea
Price: From $24,990