2017 Kia Cerato – interior Exterior and Drive

2017 Kia Cerato Review

We’ve universally praised the Kia Cerato in the CarAdvice office and now the refreshed 2017 Kia Cerato lands in Australia with extra safety additions, an updated exterior and refreshed interior, and the same sharp pricing of the previous model. It looks like Kia has made a good thing even better then and the company wants this car to become a major consideration for Australian small car buyers.

In our two most recent reviews, we’ve scored the Kia Cerato an 8 and a 7.5 overall respectively – evidence of just how highly we rate Kia’s small car. This new model has a fairly hefty reputation to uphold then, both in regards to recent Kia product and in regard to an extremely competitive segment in Australia. Pricing has remained unchanged for the volume-selling models within the range too, building on what Kia hopes is a compelling value proposition. That means you can get into an automatic Kia Cerato for ,990 drive-away.

Cerato will be available locally in two body styles – four-door sedan and five-door hatch – and four model grades – S, S Premium, Si and SLi. There’s one 2.0-litre engine and both automatic and manual transmissions available within the 2016 Kia Cerato range.

The most obvious changes are the slight exterior styling tweaks, which have been added to deliver a more dynamic look, following on from recent Kia styling cues across the South Korean manufacturer’s fleet. There’s a more prominent grille, which is basically more upright and therefore the Cerato looks a little tougher from the front end. It’s a minor change, but you’ll notice it if you see the old and new vehicles side by side.

Despite the tougher front end, the headlights are more slender and they wrap around the front corners of the Cerato further into the front quarters. The lower air intake has been redesigned and features integrated fog lights. At the rear, there are revised and restyled tail light internals, which help give the tail a more upmarket, Euro look. Depending on model grade, there are 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, 16-inch alloy wheels and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Kia has retained the Euro-inspired dark theme inside the cabin and there are also new materials across the dash, hood lining, door trims and console. The changes inside have been added to deliver a higher-quality look and feel. Kia says the seat structure is the same as the old model but the cloth trim has been updated to a new, hard-wearing design for models where leather isn’t standard. The base Cerato doesn’t get a reverse-view camera but does get front and rear parking sensors.

While the entry Cerato grade gets a basic audio system there is still USB input and iPod connectivity plus Bluetooth, as well as steering wheel mounted controls. Buyers who opt for an S Auto model, though, can upgrade to a 7.0-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto. Apple CarPlay is coming as well and the upgrade can be added later free of charge at Kia dealers. All other grades get this 7.0-inch screen with satellite navigation as standard equipment.

Under the bonnet, there’s only one engine across the Cerato range – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, with dual variable-valve timing. The willing four-cylinder generates 112kW at 6200 and 192Nm at 4000rpm, using only 7.1L/100km on the combined ADR cycle.

There’s a six-speed manual (available on S grades only) or a six-speed automatic (available across all variants). Automatic Ceratos get Kia’s Drive Mode Select system, which comprises ‘Normal’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ modes. The Cerato SLi also gets steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters. We tested the shifters briefly at launch, and they are snappy enough, but we can’t imagine too many Cerato owners using them extensively.
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