2017 Kia Cerato S Review

Kia Cerato S Road Test, Review

This week my colleague Joel Helmes took a look at the Kia Cerato Sport sedan and now I’ll cast my critical eye over the base model Kia Cerato S hatch.

And he pretty much summed it up:-

“The Kia Cerato does everything competently and is one of the best all-round packages.”

Even in the no-frills version, the Cerato offers up great build quality, attractive styling and delivered in an easy to drive, no-nonsense manner.

Keeping it simple is the 2.0L naturally aspirated petrol engine across the board, coupled with a six-speed auto transmission, as was the case, or a six-speed manual option.

As mentioned in the other review, this engine isn’t the shining light with a lag in pickup and some strenuous effort in Sport mode.

Steering can be a bit vague with just enough control though cruising down the freeway the Cerato had trouble holding its line and may not be as stable as others.

There also seemed to be delay in response to setting the cruise control speed.

Aside from all that, the Kia hatch is cinch to drive, manoeuvrable and manageable and I had no major issue taking it on a short holiday with luggage and baby in tow.

Following a week of touring around Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the fuel tank went a long way consuming under 8.0L/100km which is quite satisfactory.

Being a base model you don’t get the luxury or push button start, powered seats or even the 7” touchscreen.

Manual air conditioning, LCD instrument cluster and a basic LCD audio system are on offer on the fresh looking dash along with a clock HUD, chrome highlights and user friendly steering wheel controls.

For the reasonable starting price of $22,290 you do get:

  • 16” steel wheels
  • 6 airbags
  • Front and rear sensors
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • Cruise control
  • 3 anchors 2 ISOFIX
  • Chrome tip muffler
  • Rear spoiler

Practical features are at a premium in the Cerato cabin with ample storage in the cup holders, bottle holders, map pockets, middle console bin and front console storage with sliding cover plus a sunglass holder.

The people at Kia are always thinking of the occupants and two 12V power outlets and the USB port are provided in the front console storage within easy reach (SLi auto shifter shown below).

As a hatchback, there is of course better capacity in the rear and I had no problem fitting a large suitcase and pram in there.

If you need more space, there is under floor storage and a luggage screen to cover any unsightly mess.

All in all, the Kia Cerato S hatch is another quality serving from the Korean maker and should continue to grow in popularity.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Kia Cerato S

  • Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 112kW and 192Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed auto or manual
  • Warranty: Seven years
  • Safety: Five Stars
  • Origin: South Korea
  • Price: from $22,290

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