Kia has introduced a new five-door hatch version of its impressive Cerato small car, joining the existing sedan bodystyle four months after its local arrival.
The third-generation Cerato hatch replaces the TD generation hatch that has continued to be available alongside the new YD Cerato sedan, and matches the sedan on pricing and most specifications.
Australia is the first market outside Korea to receive the new hatch, and Kia expects the new hatch to make up 70 per cent of Cerato sales. The existing Cerato offerings rank 12th in the highly competitive sub-$40,000 small car segment for sales year to date (until July 31), with 3382 sales, trailing the segment-leading Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 by over 20,000 units over the same period.
The wheelbase of the new Cerato hatch matches the sedan’s 50mm longer 2700mm measurement, improving rear seat legroom by a similar margin. Overall length is 210mm less than the sedan due to a shorter rear overhang, which also sees seats-up cargo capacity drop by 97 litres to 385L (VDA), but all models are fitted with a full-size spare wheel.
Like the sedan, the new Kia Cerato hatch is available in S, Si, and SLi grades, and kicks off at $19,990 for the S, moving up to $23,990 for the Si, and topping off with the $27,990 SLi.
The S comes equipped with air conditioning, cruise control, flex-steer adjustable power steering, front and rear parking sensors, six-speaker audio with Bluetooth audio and telephone.
The Si adds a premium steering wheel and gearknob, 4.3 inch colour multimedia touchscreen with reversing camera, extra chrome exterior detailing, auto headlamps, folding door mirrors with puddle lamps, proximity keys, and 16 inch alloy wheels.
The top-spec SLi gains leather trim with front seat heaters and power memory driver’s seat adjustment, dual-zone climate control, power sunroof, HID headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and taillamps, auto-dimming rear view mirror, chilled glovebox, and 17 inch alloy wheels.
Satellite navigation is only available as a $1000 option on the top-spec SLi models, which also results in the multimedia screen growing to seven inches. The hatch also matches the sedan’s engine lineup, with the S equipped with a 110kW/178Nm 1.8 litre petrol four, and the Si and SLi grades moving up to a 129kW/209Nm 2.0 litre direct injected petrol four.
A six-speed manual is standard on all Cerato hatch models, with a six-speed auto available for a further $2000. The Cerato hatch’s combined fuel consumption figures are equal with the sedan, despite weighing 20kg more, which means 6.6l/100km (manual) and 7.1l/100km (auto) for the 1.8 litre S, and 7.4l/100km for the 2.0 Si and SLi variants with either transmission.
Like the sedan, the Cerato hatch has achieved a five star ANCAP safety rating, with six-airbags, stability and traction control, and hill-start assist. The Cerato hatch comes with Kia’s five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, capped price servicing plan for the first five services, and one year roadside assistance.
The entry S grade (manual) is being offered with $19,990 driveaway pricing from launch, matching the current offer on the sedan S. However, Kia would not confirm the duration of this offer.