Kia Cerato

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 $19,990 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 $32,490 for the Cerato SLi.

In the USA, the Cerato is known as the Kia Forte.

Kia Cerato Reviews

Editor's Pick

Kia Cerato 2018 review

The cut-price and cool-looking Kia Cerato punches well above its price in the fashion stakes, which is at least partly why it's Kia's best-selling model. So is there substance to go with the style?Read more

2018

Kia Cerato 2018 review: S hatch

If there's any car that proves that Korean automakers have thrown off past stigma, it's the Cerato.Read more

Kia Cerato S 2018 review: snapshot

The S is the entry point to the slimmed-down Kia Cerato range, kicking off from $19,990 (manual) and stretching to $22,290 (automatic).Read more

Kia Cerato Sport+ 2018 review: snapshot

The Sport+ is the new top-of-the-range Cerato, following a rationalising of the range for 2018 and beyond. It sits atop the Sport and entry-level S in the three-model family.Read more

2017

Kia Cerato Sport sedan 2017 review

The Kia Cerato may be many things - excellent value being one of them - but is "sporty" a word we're ever genuinely going to apply to it? Kia certainly seems to hope so.Read more

2016

Kia Cerato Si hatch auto 2016 review

Andrew Chesterton road tests and reviews the 2016 Kia Cerato Si hatchback with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

Kia Cerato S hatch 2016 review

Richard Berry road tests and reviews the 2016 Kia Cerato S hatch with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

Used Kia Cerato Koup review: 2009-2016

Ewan Kennedy road tests and reviews the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Kia Cerato Koup as a used buy.Read more

Kia Cerato SLi hatch 2016 review

Paul Gover road tests and reviews the Kia Cerato SLi hatch with specs, fuel cosnumption and verdict.Read more

Kia Cerato, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic sedan 2016 review

Joshua Dowling road tests and reviews the Kia Cerato S Premium, Hyundai Elantra Elite and Honda Civic VTi-S sedans with specs, fuel consumption and verdict in this comparison review. Read more

Price Guide

$26,240

Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Lowest Price

$19,990

Highest Price

$32,490

Range & Specifications

2018 Coupe
Koup Turbo
MSRP
$28,190
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
S
MSRP
$22,290
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
S (AV)
MSRP
$22,790
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
S Premium
MSRP
$24,990
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
Si
MSRP
$28,990
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
SLi
MSRP
$32,490
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
SPORT
MSRP
$24,790
ANCAP Rating
2018 Hatchback
SPORT+
MSRP
$27,290
ANCAP Rating
2018 Sedan
S
MSRP
$22,290
ANCAP Rating
2018 Sedan
S (AV)
MSRP
$22,790
ANCAP Rating
2018 Sedan
S Premium
MSRP
$24,990
ANCAP Rating
2018 Sedan
Si
MSRP
$28,990
ANCAP Rating
2018 Sedan
SLi
MSRP
$32,490
ANCAP Rating
2018 Sedan
SPORT
MSRP
$24,790
ANCAP Rating
2018 Sedan
SPORT+
MSRP
$27,290
ANCAP Rating

Kia Cerato News

Kia Cerato 2018 hatchback revealed

16 February 2018 by Neil Dowling

Mazda 3 tops January sales

7 February 2017 by Tim Nicholson

The best new-car deals for August

12 August 2016 by Chris Riley

Best drive-away deals ahead of EOFY

3 June 2016 by Peter Barnwell

Small car price war reignites for April

17 April 2016 by Joshua Dowling