Kia has lifted its game hugely in the past few years. Witness the Sorento, Tucson and Cerato, all attractively styled and well put together vehicles.
Cerato is a mainstream compact sedan with plenty of appeal for a buyer on a budget. It offers a whole lot of car for the $18990 drive away ask.
There's a four speed auto available for an extra two grand – drive away.
- Roomy body, five seater, five three point belts, big boot.
- 2.0-litre, DOHC engine has 101kw/182Nm output giving peppy performance even in auto.
- Auto is a four speeder, doesn't miss a beat, lacks a little smoothness changing under hard acceleration. No sequential mode – big deal.
- Ride/handling impressive thanks to strut front, multi-link rear suspension.
- Power steering, power windows, remote central locking and aircon included in the package.
- Heated exterior mirrors, electrically adjustable too. Almost instant demist in the cold.
- Audio is six speaker, pleasing sound, easy to operate.
- Safety features include dual front air bags. ABS not available but four wheel discs.
- Low noise, vibration and harshness through most engine speeds, quiet on the freeway.
- Economical in mixed driving expect around 8.5l/100km out of auto. Tank holds 55 litres.
- Interior looks modern, airy, better than many other offerings in the segment.
- Finish is up with Japanese, smooth paint, neat panel fit, tidy interior, chunky door close.
- Like the styling, crisp lines, purposeful front, tidy rear – something different.
- Smooth quiet ride over rough surfaces.