2017 Kia Cerato Road Test, Review
Mission accomplished! The Cerato has gone on to be one of the best-selling small cars on the market, this year alone sales have jumped ahead nearly 65%.
But, despite the good response and popularity of the model, as compared to Hyundai’s new i30, well the Cerato is a good yard behind.
And that’s understandable, the Hyundai small hatch is a completely new-generation model, while the current Cerato has essentially been around since 2013.
But it’s still one of the best all-round packages available.
Priced from $19,990, the Kia comes with just the one engine option across the range - a 2.0 litre petrol unit that delivers 112kW/192Nm.
In the base-model offering you get the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed auto, from there up the only transmission on offer is the auto.
I had the keys to the 2017 Kia Cerato Sport in sedan body shape - an offering that sits around the middle of the Cerato range in 2017 and is priced from $24,790.
As I mentioned, the Kia offering is a car that does everything competently, there’s nothing really to love, nor is their anything really to dislike.
The interior is roomy and completely fuss-free.
It’s an easy car to drive with very good visibility all round and a small turning circle, while the gauges and driver info screen are also large and easy to read.
One observation that I again noticed while driving a car that is also available as a hatch is the lack of a rear windscreen wiper in the sedan version.
Not particular to the Kia, but on those cold and frosty mornings the advantage of a rear wiper can’t be understated.
The sedan has a decent sized boot, but the hatch is probably the pick when it comes to carrying larger items (again, not an issue particular to the Cerato).
Cabin storage areas, including centre console bin, glove box and door pockets are only reasonably sized.
Connectivity is well catered for with Apple CarPlay, but a lack of digital radio is a disappointment, especially if you’re like me and you’ve got a couple of preferred stations offered on the service.
The Cerato Sport’s already pleasant looks are exacerbated by attractive alloy wheels and a subtle boot lip spoiler.
Perhaps the car’s only real weak spot is the engine.
Adequate for normal driving, the 2.0 litre engine becomes a bit upset if pushed, but then this is a car that was never intended to really get the pulse racing.
The Hyundai cousin feels more refined and is a better drive (because its a newer product), but for most small car buyers the Kia Cerato will tick all the (usually) important boxes - value, features, safety and space.
Add into the mix the longer seven-year warranty offered by Kia, as well as very reasonable capped price servicing and the Cerato still stacks up as a decent option.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Kia Cerato Sport
- Engine: 2.0 litre four-cylinder developing 112kW and 192Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed auto (only)
- Warranty: Seven years
- Safety: Five stars
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: from $24,790 (+$520 metallic paint)