2017 Kia Cerato Si Hatch Review

2017 Kia Cerato Road Test, Review

The Kia Cerato benefited from a significant upgrade a bit over a year ago, since then sales of the Kia small sedan/hatch have skyrocketed.

It is now one of the best-selling small cars in the market, and is consistently Kia’s best-selling model in Australia.

I’ve had the keys to the mid-spec 2017 Kia Cerato Si, a model that kicks off from $28,990. The only extra on the test car was metallic paint at $520.

On the Road

The 2.0 litre engine puts out a respectable 112kW/192Nm, while the six-speed auto races to as high a gear as it can manage, this feels like it robs Cerato of much of its performance.

You can wring more out of it by changing gears manually using the floor shifter.

It’s also not too keen to kick down unless you mash your foot to the floor, but this gives you an economy figure of a very respectable 5.6L/100km on the highway.

The steering feels OK, but not as sharp as some of the opposition. There is a slightly isolated feeling which can be common on electric power steering.

On the other hand, the ride is brilliant. Only the choppiest of rubbish roads upsets Cerato.

Keep in mind a Kia Cerato buyer is unlikely to be taking it on a track-day, a Sunday driver though will enjoy competent road manners.


This grade of Kia Cerato misses out on Emergency Autonomous Braking, but you do get lane departure and blind spot warning.

There is also a reverse camera, and front and rear parking sensors. There is no automated parking option, yet.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both there too, as is tilt and reach steering adjust, sat-nav, height adjustable driver’s seat, and partial leather seats.

On the Inside

The seats are supportive with plenty of adjustment but I was never really as comfortable as I could be because the steering wheel hasn’t got quite enough adjustment.

In order for my arms to be in the right spot, my legs feel cramped. It isn’t because of a lack of space, just a lack of adjustment. A shorter driver will not notice this.

Switches and dials are easy to find and use without having to consult the owner’s manual.

I’m a fan of hatchbacks over sedans, and there is a handle inside so that closing the hatch doesn’t get dirt on your hands. You can lower the seat backs to increase the luggage space vastly.

The Kia Cerato boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.

The Summary

I’ve always liked the Kia Cerato. It’s a value-packed pleasure to drive backed with a seven-year warranty.

Some of the highlights include the roomy and well laid out cabin, and generous equipment levels.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Kia Cerato Si

  • Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 112kW/192Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic (manual only available in entry-level model)
  • Safety: Five stars
  • Warranty: Seven years
  • Origin: South Korea
  • Price: from $28,990

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