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Kia Cerato

$ 26,290 - $ 36,090* MRLP

Kia’s entrant into the small car class brings sharp pricing, an unmatched seven-year warranty and the choice of either sedan or hatchback body styles. The broader Cerato range wears a 2.0-litre petrol engine, with Kia’s more potent 1.6-litre turbo-four reserved for the sportier GT-Line variants.

Latest Kia Cerato ratings breakdown

7.3

Performance
7.0
Safety Technology
6.8
Ride Quality
7.5
Infotainment & Connectivity
7.5
Handling & Dynamics
7.6
Energy Efficiency
7.5
Driver Technology
6.9
Value for Money
7.0
Interior Comfort & Packaging
7.8
Fit for Purpose
7.0
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What we love

  • -Lots of interior space for adults
  • -Seven-year warranty
  • -Huge boot for the class
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What we don't

  • -Base model feels a bit too 'rental spec'
  • -Advanced safety features part of an optional pack
  • -Thrashy engine and too much road noise
2023 Kia Cerato S review
Review | 21 Aug 2023

7.3

Does Kia's cheapest sedan make sense for small car buyers with a modest new car budget?
2023 Kia Cerato Sport+ sedan review
Review | 11 Oct 2022

7.2

The Kia Cerato became a strong small-car contender due to its features, space and comfort. But have recent price rises – and its age – started to remove some of the shine?
2022 Kia Cerato GT hatch review
Review | 7 Oct 2022

7.2

Kia’s Cerato GT is a niche player offering sporty looks and warm hatch poke, but ultimately presents as a compromised package.
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Should I buy a 2022 Mazda 3 sedan or a Kia Cerato sedan?
Comparison | 21 Jun 2022

8.0

We compare the 2022 Mazda 3 sedan and 2021 Kia Cerato sedan across commonly-asked questions about cost, fuel economy and performance.

Kia Cerato Price*

YearVariantPrice
2023Kia Cerato S 2.0L Sedan FWD$26,290
2023Kia Cerato S 2.0L Hatchback FWD$26,290
2023Kia Cerato Sport 2.0L Sedan FWD$28,390
2023Kia Cerato Sport 2.0L Hatchback FWD$28,390
2023Kia Cerato Sport+ 2.0L Sedan FWD$31,440
2023Kia Cerato Sport+ 2.0L Hatchback FWD$31,440
2023Kia Cerato GT 1.6L Sedan FWD$36,090
2023Kia Cerato GT 1.6L Hatchback FWD$36,090

Kia Cerato Specs:

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Image: 2022 kia cerato gt. Model features may vary.
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Price
$26,290*
FuelType
Petrol
Transmission
Auto
Drive Type
FWD
Engine
2.0i
Fuel Efficiency
7.4L / 100km
Seats
5
Towing braked
1100 kg
Towing unbraked
610 kg
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Kia Cerato Dimensions

The Kia Cerato has 8 variants with 2 different body types: Sedan and Hatchback. Depending on variant, the height ranges from 1435mm to 1445mm, the width is 1800mm and length is between 4510mm and 4640mm.

Body typeHeightWidthLength
Sedan1435 - 1440mm1800mm4640mm
Hatchback1440 - 1445mm1800mm4510mm

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2022 Kia Cerato GT: owner review
Owner Review | 3 Feb 2023
2017 Kia Cerato S review: The rental
Owner Review | 27 Aug 2019
I don't own the car it was a rental but I did drive it for over 10 hours and did 800kms in the thing which is about as long as I have in any car I haven't personally owned. So I won't comment on reliability. I can say though I think if you need something practical and have about 15-17k in your pocket one of these would be great. All over the Hunter / Tamworth area it was all you really need in a car. Comfy, spacious, great visibility, fairly ergonomic, decent economy. I love the weird 'ribs' they put on the passenger side of the dash and the front door cards, and the way the screen is canted towards the drivers side. Actually I really liked the interior full stop - very impressive for a base model car. Love the fat white on black touchscreen but it was quite distracting so probably best use the buttons on the wheel if you aren't stopped at a light. Easy Bluetooth streaming my partners ipad, good quality sound. We were mostly country driving and averaged 7.2l/100km. The 5 speed auto is mostly good but hunts around a bit between 4th and 5th; I tried the manual mode and it was fine. I don't mind the up for up down for down mode but unless you are on a steep highway the auto is fine left to its own devices. Low points are the highly raked front windscreen holds rain drops longer than any other car than I have been in. It also reflects the dash which is a bit annoying but I got used to it. (that said all around visibility is excellent and in the scenic area we were driving the fact that the front of the car seems to be just glass is great). The steering after my MX-5 initially was full of slack and devoid of feel but after a few hours I got over that and happy twirled around basically 1 fingers worth of pressure and that's kind of nice - I'd like to see more luxury cars with effortless racks instead of "sporty" artificial resistance which is just crap. I think the tyres (Nexens) on the car weren't very good in terms of lateral grip - combined with the lack of feel it's not a fun car to tip in corners. Fine 90% of the time but you'd be disappointed if you found a nice twisty road and wanted to get a fizz on. The segment says ride and handling which I have only given a 5.5 but the ride quality itself was fine - I can't remember any sharp hits or anything. I'd say it was really quite good in terms of keeping your tailbone and other bits from getting too familiar with the seat frame. Comparing it to a same year Golf Mk7 1.0 TSI we rented in England a few years ago and drove all over that country, I'd say the Golf was better to drive (being a proper manual may have helped) but the KIA was much more practical, had a better interior (Yes!) and basically would be the one I would buy out of the two if it had a manual transmission, gripper rubber and a tiny bit more steering feel. I kinda like boring cars that just do what they say on the tin and grow on you over time and this was definitely one of those. I've even owned a couple (323, Micra) If anyone here has actually owned one for a bit and can comment on reliability I would be interested to know because I would definitely consider one of these if I had a kid on the way and needed something with back seats.
2016 Kia Cerato S (AV) review
Owner Review | 28 Sep 2018
The Kia Cerato is one of the best cars going around these days for value for money. Being my first new car purchase I was very careful in determining which car would suit my purposes and give me the best bang for my buck. I was set on a small size car in a sedan as I detest hatches and their horribly small back windows. I ended up compiling a list of the cars that suited this category; the Kia Cerato, Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, Holden Astra and the Mitsubishi Lancer. I was mainly looking for reliability, good warranty and connectivity. Right of the bat I removed the Mazda 3 and the Lancer. The Mazda is by far the worst ride of any car ever (with a horrible warranty) and it is very over-rated. The Lancer was getting a little old and the value just wasn't there, I had a friend buy a 2012 one for more money than my Kia fully new, bit of rip off and it shows. The Toyota Corolla lacks the connectivity, which continues in the new 2019 model somehow, beyond me how they haven't got Apple Carplay. So it became a choice between the Kia, Hyundai, and the Astra. I decided against the Astra due to then Holden's warranty, it was a new model (therefore sort of untested), and unfortunately Holden continued with a horrible name - Astra's are cursed. It does have a punchy engine, but the ride isn't great. The Hyundai lacked good value, plus Automatic transmission is much dearer and the engine choices are better in the top-specs, so Kia was the obvious choice, with only one engine across the range and free auto (at the time). The Kia Cerato is one of the best cars out there. It has a very reliable engine, does lack a bit of punch and could do with a turbo but it is very reliable. The connectivity is fantastic, with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and never an issue like with a Holden Colorado which I also have driven with Carplay. The front and rear sensors are great and work perfectly, as does the rear camera. The 16 inch wheels are far better on the base model than the 17's on the higher specs and they hold up well, even though they are only Nexens. The interior is good, the model was towards the later part of its life so it wasn't revolutionary, but much better than the Lancer and Toyota. My only gripe is with the gear changes, they hold too long and it doesn't fare well in any high acceleration, sort of needed with the idiots that get behind you when you pull out on the road these days. As they hold long, you can feel the stress in the pedals, something a more powerful engine might help reduce. Nevertheless no car is perfect, but the Kia Cerato is damn close and I don't regret my purchase for a second.
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2013 Kia Cerato Koup Turbo review
Owner Review | 17 Sep 2018
I bought my used 2014 Kia Cerato Koup Turbo auto about 3 months ago, it's my first car and I have enjoyed owning it very much so far! While doing research and coming up with a shortlist, I had rivals such as the Mazda SP25, Polo GTI and Veloster Turbo in mind. However I decided against them as they each had more personal gripes than the Koup Turbo which also had very low KMs, the "Touring" option pack and remaining factory warranty to boot. My car is in the Racing Red colour and looks are subjective but I prefer looking at the rear of the car more than the front. The dual exhausts and defuser design gives off a subtle but definite sporty vibe, the LED lights also look awesome at night. Driving it is an absolute joy, the engine has a great sense of urgency and it handles very well in the corners for a front driver. One negative in the driving department is the rear torsion beam suspension which is quite apparent on Australia's poor roads making the cabin crash around a bit if not creeping over road imperfections with care. If it was fitted with a multi-link setup I believe it would have improved the comfort and handling an appreciable amount. As a city daily driver which is what I mainly use it for, it is easy to live, good quality materials are used throughout the cabin and even the back seats are quite usable, comfortably seating 4 or even 5 in a pinch. There are even rear air vents! In a coupe! O-o In the front, the seats are supportive and relatively well bolstered, as mentioned my car has the Touring pack which is the only optional pack available for it. This provides a 7" touch screen with Nav and DVD player along with dual climate control air-con and full leather seats. The big screen and reversing camera makes parking a cinch even for crappy parkers like myself. Little quality of life features like mirrors with puddle lights that automatically unfold as you approach the car gives it a classy and welcoming feel. The engine and transmission are paired quite nicely with the option to manually make pretty quick shifts using the paddles making overtaking and highway merging a non issue. The auto is also a traditional torque converter type making them pretty bulletproof and allows you to creep indefinitely without worry in slow moving traffic. However fuel economy suffers as a result, I get low-mid 10L/100km in city driving. Luckily the car takes 91RON which somewhat alleviates the cost of filling up. My car only has about 34K KMs so I can't comment definitively on reliability so far but I did some research before buying and couldn't find any known major issues the Hyundai-Kia 1.6T engines could have. However I have bought my car to my local Kia for two fixes under warranty. The first is a faulty head unit which is causing a high pitched buzzing sound on all sources. That is still on order to be replaced. The second is the oil pan gasket needed to be resealed as it was seeping oil slightly. The service department handled it well, so no complaints there. All in all I am overwhelmingly enjoying my Kia Cerato Koup Turbo and have no regrets. From the time I got gutter rash on my rims the second week owning it and then finding out my car had a full sized spare to replace it with, (Yay!!) to watching a movie in my car with a mate and seeing the hilarious the reactions of confused passerbys. This car has ticked a big majority of my boxes and then some! P.S To Melissa if you're reading, can you show me in the direction of the Kia enthusiasts crew? Love cars and would love to join the group!

FAQs

Is the Kia Cerato expensive to maintain?
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Kia offer capped price servicing on all models. Service on a 2023 Kia Cerato with a 2.0L engine and automatic transmission is priced as follows for the first five years of ownership: $275, $469, $339, $607, $309

Is a Kia Cerato bigger than a Hyundai i30
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Both the Cerato and i30 are available as a sedan or hatch. The Cerato hatch has a slightly longer wheelbase (2700mm vs 2650mm) and is longer (4510mm vs 4340mm) and wider (1800mm 1795mm) than the Hyundai.

Where is the Kia Cerato made?
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Kia Ceratos are made in Mexico, China, Algeria, Russia, Vietnam and in South Korea. Australian market Kia Ceratos are built in Hwaseong, South Korea.

Which Kia Cerato is the most powerful?
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The majority of Kia Cerato models feature a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 112kW and 192Nm, but the Cerato GT uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 150kW and 265Nm.

Is the Kia Cerato a good first car?
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Yes. The Kia Cerato features a five-star ANCAP safety rating on Sport+ and GT, and four-star on S and Sport. All models feature a seven-year warranty and capped-price servicing.

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* ‘MRLP’ is the manufacturer’s recommended list price as provided by our data provider and is subject to change, so is provided to you for indicative purposes only. Please note that MRLP is inclusive of GST, but is exclusive of any options and does not include on-road costs such as registration, CTP, stamp duty and dealer delivery. Where an MRLP is stated as a price range, this reflects the lowest to highest MRLP provided for that model range across the available variants.
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