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Kia Cerato Si 2019 pricing and spec: New fleet-focused variant lands

For an extra $500 over the automatic S variant, the Kia Cerato Si adds a raft of extra advanced driver assist technologies.

Kia Motors Australia has bundled more safety equipment to its base Cerato S to create the Si variant, priced at $24,290 before on-road costs for hatchback or sedan body styles, which will target volume fleet buyers.

The six-speed automatic-only Si is just $500 more expensive than the self-shifting S grade upon which it is based, but adds blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection for a full five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash rating.

Carryover safety equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, lane-keep assist, driver attention alert, and automatic headlights.

Motivation comes from a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 112kW of power and 192Nm of torque that is fed to the front wheels.

Fuel consumption is rated at 7.4 litres per 100km, while carbon dioxide emissions are pegged at 167 grams per kilometre.

Inside, occupants are treated to an 8.0-inch multimedia system with digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity, along with a 3.5-inch driver display.

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