Kia’s stocks are rising fast and the 2017 Kia Cerato is one of the reasons Australian car buyers are increasingly finding themselves in Kia dealerships.
In August, Kia sales in Australia were up 26.2% and across 2016 Kia has experienced a 27.9% increase in deliveries to Australian customers, not a bad performance in anyone’s language!
The Cerato was recently updated and upgraded for 2017 and sales have suddenly jumped up 65.9% for the model.
After spending a week in the Kia Cerato S hatch I can see why its gaining a stronger following.
Pricing starts from just $19,990 for either hatch or sedan (and at the moment Kia is offering an auto transmission at no extra cost!).
Normally the starting point for the automatic version is $22,290.
You can also pencil-in another $500 for the optional AV Pack which adds auto headlights and a reverse camera.
Under the bonnet of every grade of Kia Cerato is a 112kW/192Nm 2.0 litre petrol engine.
The engine is adequate, without being amazing. It requires a fair bit of acceleration to really get any decent performance out of it and this sees fuel economy creep up.
It can also be a bit harsh when you are requiring a bit more out of it.
Fuel economy is only passable – expect about 10.0L/100km if driving the Cerato in the city.
On the highway though the economy picks-up significantly and you can use as little as about 5.7L/100km.
And of course you have some control over the feel, response and economy of the Kia with three selectable drive modes - Eco, Normal, and Sport.
The steering weight was heavier than I expected, but I enjoy this more than some of the very light steering weights that many manufacturers are going with these days.
Overall the Kia Cerato provides a decent-enough drive experience with a pleasant ride and adequate handling.
The cabin is not exactly the most exciting car interior for 2017, though it delivers adequate amounts of space and comfort and the boot space, at 620 litres, is also adequate for most small car applications.
There are bottle and cup holders and the traditional placement of USB/Aux sockets for external audio sources plus Bluetooth as well.
This base-model grade of the Cerato delivers a pretty generous list of standard features and this is where many people are coming to and staying with the Kia.
Those standard features in the 2017 Kia Cerato S include:
- Tilt & reach steering adjustment
- Six-speaker stereo with inbuilt flash drive
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Height-adjustable driver’s seat
That $500 AV Pack adds a 7” touchscreen, reverse camera and Android Auto connection.
Whilst niceties such as Land Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are left to the upper-spec Si and SLi model grades.
Metallic or Pearl paint will cost you an extra $520 so you might want to factor that into your budget too.
On the plus side the Kia Cerato range comes with a maximum five-star safety rating, capped price servicing and Kia’s seven-year warranty.
Summing it up; As always, Kia has provided an adequate car that is wallet friendly.
Combine that with a user friendly cabin, good looks and a competent chassis and you have a small car that needs to be on your test drive list.
Perhaps the only real downside with the model is the fuel economy which knocks a good package down a point or two.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Kia Cerato S Hatch
Engine: 2.0 litre four-cylinder developing 112kW and 192Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic or six-speed manual
Warranty: Seven years
Safety: Five star
Origin: South Korea
Price: from $19,990