Kia Cerato hatch review filed by Matt Calvitto.
The Kia Cerato is available in sedan, coupe and hatch body styles and for 2016 prices kick-off from $19,990.
Up against quality competition such as the Hyundai i30, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf, the Kia offering provides good value motoring with plenty of standard features and an unbeatable seven-year warranty.
The 2016 Kia Cerato Si hatch is powered by the more powerful 2.0 litre petrol engine and prices start from $28,990. This grade of Cerato comes only with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The direct injection petrol engine produces 129kW and 209Nm and works nicely with the auto transmission.
The engine in the Kia Cerato is smooth and quiet and has enough zip for most Australian small car buyers. Kia claims combined consumption of 7.4L/100km, though I managed 9.0L/100km in my week in the Cerato.
On the roads you can feel that Kia has tuned the Cerato for Australian conditions and the end result is a ride that is smooth and generally quite composed. Handling is about what you would expect from a vehicle that isn’t aimed at being sporty.
Like other Kia and Hyundai models you get the choice of three steering settings – Sport, Normal and Comfort. Normal is the most natural and pleasing setting.
Inside the cabin, Kia has given the Cerato hatch a pleasing and surprisingly roomy interior. There is an abundance of rear head and legroom for a car of this size.
Front passengers enjoy a similar level of comfort, although those front leather seats aren’t heated or ventilated.
The dashboard design is simple and easy to navigate and everything fits and feels quite nice. Kia however could do away with the fake carbon fibre trim.
The infotainment system is a little temperamental and I noted it was quite sluggish in booting up when starting the car. Overall though it’s quite a clean and easy system to use.
Boot space is a generous 385 litres and with a Kia Cerato you get a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; the 2016 Kia Careato Si is cleverly packaged, very comfortable and is a nice car to drive. Great warranty and generous standard inclusions also help the Kia Cerato take the fight up to some of its more fancied small car/hatch rivals.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Kia Cerato Si Hatch
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 129kW and 209Nm
Warranty: 7 Year Unlimited Km
Safety: Five Stars
Origin: South Korea
Price: From $28,990
Matt Calvitto is the founder of automotive website – themotoringguru.com