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Kia Cerato Australia

The Cerato first came on the scene in 2004 as a cheap small sedan and hatch from Korea's other big car brand, Kia. Cheaply made and cheap to buy, the Cerato made steady progress in the Australian market until, in 2013, Kia underwent a huge shift in the way it made and marketed its cars.

Like Hyundai, Kia would no longer build so-called 'cheap and cheerful' cars; they were now a manufacturer of value-driven, broadly appealing vehicles. The Cerato range, starting from $21,490 for the Cerato S now benefits from Kia's renewed and rejigged business model, comprising a four-door sedan, five-door hatch and two-door coupe, with a combination of naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines across the range, which now tops out at $33,490 for the Cerato GT Safety Pack.

This vehicle is also known as Kia Forte.

Kia Cerato Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Kia Cerato varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $21,490 and going to $33,490 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $21,490 $33,490
2020 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $21,490 $33,490
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,100 $34,290
2019 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,100 $34,290
2018 Coupe 1.6L, ULP, 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,990 $30,450
2018 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,990 $30,450
2017 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $9,700 $21,990
2017 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $10,600 $21,990
2017 Coupe 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $13,100 $24,750
2016 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $9,500 $19,990
2016 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $9,500 $19,990
2016 Coupe 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $12,200 $22,880
See All Kia Cerato Pricing and Specs

Kia Cerato Colours

  • Clear White
  • Silky Silver
  • Steel Grey
  • Platinum Graphite
  • Aurora Black
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Horizon Blue
  • Gravity Blue
  • Runway Red
  • Sunset Orange
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Kia Cerato Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Kia Cerato here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is the difference between the Hyundai i30 N Line and Kia Cerato GT?

    The Kia’s seven-year factory warranty is – and should be – a big selling point. But that’s countered by much more expensive servicing over the Hyundai. Keen driveaway pricing also works in the Kia’s favour, however. Frankly, both are great cars with lots of useable performance (they share the same engine, actually) and practical layouts.

    So, it could come down to a philosophical debate: The i30 N Line sits one rung below the hero i30 version, the N. The GT, meanwhile, is the flagship Cerato, so you don’t need to explain to the neighbours why you didn’t buy the flashest one. But for a lot of buyers, a manual transmission is the gearbox of choice in quick little hatches like these, and only the Hyundai offers a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DCT. In the Kia, it’s the DCT or nothing.

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  • Is a new Kia Cerato a good 2015 Mini Cooper replacement?

    You can get a good feel for a car’s quality simply by looking at things like the paint finish, the panel fit, the feel of the doors as they open and shut, the touch of the trim and plastics in the cabin. Kia’s quality is generally good; I can’t see any reason why you should be disappointed with the Cerato.

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  • Kia Cerato: When will the towbar for the GT be ready?

    Kia told us that the tow bar is available for all current Cerato models, except the GT. Due to late changes in the rear design of the GT it was necessary to restart the design and validation process for that car well after the other models. It is in development and it’s hoped it will be available by the first month or so of next year.

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  • Kia Cerato 2015: Why does my radio have so much static noise?

    I assume it’s with AM reception. It’s usually put down to the antenna. The most likely reason they’re ignoring it is that there is little they can do about it. You could take it to a car radio specialist and see what they might be able to do about the problem.

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Kia Cerato Interior

The current-generation Cerato moves Kia’s interior fit and finish forward noticeably, thanks to a well-laid out interior design shown in these images. Touch points feel nice and even premium on some grades thanks to a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, while a large floating multimedia touchscreen adorns the centre of the dashboard. Seats are comfortable and are available in a leather trim, while other features offered include dual-zone climate control, rear air vents and heated seats.

Kia Cerato Dimensions

The dimensions of the Kia Cerato Hatchback, Sedan and Coupe vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Hatchback 1440x1800x4510 mm 150 mm
2020 Sedan 1440x1800x4640 mm 150 mm
2019 Sedan 1440x1800x4640 mm 150 mm
2019 Hatchback 1450x1780x4360 mm 140 mm
2018 Sedan 1450x1780x4560 mm 140 mm
2018 Hatchback 1450x1780x4360 mm 140 mm
2018 Coupe 1410x1780x4530 mm 140 mm
2017 Sedan 1450x1780x4560 mm 140 mm
2017 Hatchback 1450x1780x4360 mm 140 mm
2017 Coupe 1410x1780x4530 mm 140 mm
2016 Sedan 1435x1780x4560 mm 140 mm
2016 Hatchback 1450x1780x4360 mm 140 mm
2016 Coupe 1410x1780x4530 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Cerato Dimensions

Kia Cerato Fuel Consumption

The Kia Cerato is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.4L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Sedan 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 7.1L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Sedan 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Coupe 7.7L/100km 1.6L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 7.1L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Sedan 7.1L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Coupe 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 7.1L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Sedan 7.1L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Coupe 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Hatchback 7.1L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Sedan 6.6L/100km 1.8L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Kia Cerato Pricing and Specs for 2020

Kia Cerato Boot Space

The Kia Cerato Sedan has a boot space size of 502 Litres.
Kia Cerato Boot space

Kia Cerato Towing Capacity

The Kia Cerato has maximum towing capacity of 1100kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Hatchback 1100kg 1100kg
2020 Sedan 1100kg 1100kg
2019 Sedan 1100kg 1100kg
2019 Hatchback 1100kg 1200kg
2018 Hatchback 1100kg 1200kg
2018 Sedan 1100kg 1200kg
2018 Coupe 1200kg 1200kg
2017 Coupe 1000kg 1200kg
2017 Hatchback 1100kg 1200kg
2017 Sedan 1200kg 1200kg
2016 Coupe 1000kg 1200kg
2016 Hatchback 1100kg 1200kg
2016 Sedan 1100kg 1200kg
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Kia Cerato Wheel Size

The Kia Cerato has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x55 R16 for Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2020 Sedan 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Sedan 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Sedan 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Coupe 215x45 R17 17x7 inches 215x45 R17 17x7 inches
2017 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Sedan 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Coupe 215x45 R17 17x7 inches 215x45 R17 17x7 inches
2016 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 Sedan 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 Coupe 215x45 R17 17x7 inches 215x45 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Cerato Wheel Sizes