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Kia Cerato Australia

The LD Cerato launched in 2004 as a cheap small sedan and hatchback derived from the Hyundai Elantra, to take on the Toyota Corolla. It sold mainly on low price until, in 2013, Kia underwent a huge shift in the way it made and marketed its cars, by refocusing on design, space, technology, safety and – later on – a long warranty.

By then, most Ceratos were five-door hatches, though the now nearly-medium-sized sedan also proved a hit, more so than the sharply-attired two-door Koup that was only available in the TD series (2009) and its YD replacement (2013). All engines featured four cylinders, in either 1.8-litre or 2..0-litre naturally-aspirated specification, though the Koup did boast a 1.6-litre turbo option. The base model starts from $25,990, rising to $35,790 for the most expensive version.

The fourth-gen BD Cerato arrived in 2017, and though the Koup was gone, a GT hatch and sedan with the 1.6-litre turbo replaced it for drivers wanting a sportier experience than the now-default 2.0-litre atmo engine offered in the rest of the range.

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 $25,990 and going to $35,790 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
2022 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $25,990 $35,790
2022 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $25,990 $35,790
2021 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $16,900 $38,060
2021 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $16,900 $38,060
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $14,000 $34,870
2020 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $14,000 $34,870
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $12,700 $28,930
2019 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $12,700 $28,930
2018 Coupe 1.6L, ULP, 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,200 $27,060
2018 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,200 $27,060
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Kia Cerato Colours

Available colours include Clear White, Snow White Pearl, Mineral Blue, Silky Silver, Horizon Blue, Steel Grey, Runway Red, Platinum Graphite and Aurora Black. All hues except Clear White are premium paint and cost more.

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

Kia Cerato Accessories

Standard features from the base variant up include manually adjustable seats, electric and heated exterior mirrors, cruise control, a 4.2-inch TFT-LCD instrument cluster, power windows, soft-touch upper door trim, a 12-volt outlet, three USB chargers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system and Bluetooth.

Kia Cerato Accessories

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 are the specifications for a 2016 Kia Cerato?

    This very website has an absolute wealth of information on this topic. Follow this link: https://www.carsguide.com.au/kia/cerato/2016 and you’ll find everything from pricing guides to performance data, dimensions and even towing capacities. It’s all there in black and white and one of the reasons CarsGuide is the best in the business.
     

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  • If I want to upgrade my car should I trade it in or sell it privately?

    The answer will come down (somewhat) to whether the car dealership you buy from wants your car as a trade-in or not. Even if it’s agreed that your Sportage will act as a trade-in, if the car yard in question doesn’t really want it, they won’t offer you much for it. Sometimes, a car dealer will even give you what’s called a no-trade bonus which is a few dollars off the price of the new car on the basis that you’re not lumbering them with a trade-in they don’t want to have to sell on.

    You stand to make a little more by selling the Sportage privately, but only if you can be bothered with placing an advert and then having a stream of strangers in your driveway on a Saturday morning. Trading the old car in on the new one is the simplest, easiest way of switching cars, but as with any deal like this, don’t be star-struck by the trade-in price, because the extra you think you’re being given for the car will almost certainly be added on to the price of the new car. The important number with this type of transaction is the change-over figure; the actual amount of money you need to stump up to swap from one car to another.

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  • Why is my 2012 Kia Cerato making a ticking noise?

    A ticking noise from the engine of a modern car is often the first signs of a build-up of sludge inside the engine. The hydraulic lash adjusters (which control the amount of clearance in the valve-train) operate on the same oil that lubricates the entire engine. If sludge has begun to build up in the engine, these lash adjusters are often the first components to be damaged.

    What causes this build-up? Most commonly, the cause is poor servicing over the years. If a previous owner has stretched the oil-change intervals beyond the factory recommendation, the oil becomes contaminated and dirty and that leads directly to sludge. Does your car have a written record of its past maintenance? If not, I’d be very suspicious of its service history.

    You may be lucky, however, and simply have a single lash adjuster that has failed for no good reason. If that’s the case, it can be replaced (I’d replace all 16 of them while I was at it). Perhaps in the first instance, the wise move would be to have somebody who knows these engines have a listen to see if the cause is something else. Modern aluminium engines can often be a bit noisy, and your problem could be related to an injector or fuel pump or perhaps something even deeper inside the engine.

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  • Which used seven-seater should I buy for 15-20k?

    Either the Santa Fe or its close cousin, the Kia Sorento are good choices for a seven-seat SUV. In fact, they’ve risen to the top of the heap when it comes to a seven-seater within your budget. Both offered petrol engines, but in this type of vehicle, the turbo-diesels probably did a better job.

    Unfortunately, the top end of your budget rules out all but the tattiest current-shape Kias and Hyundais. If you can stretch to maybe $3000 or $4000 more, you’ll get into good-condition examples of the current version of either and, thanks to the great factory warranties offered by the South Korean brands, you might even find one with some factory cover left to run.

    If $20,000 is your absolute limit, that’s not the end of the world, as it will still get you into a very useable vehicle with lots of life left in it. Make sure you check the service record and only buy a car with a documented history of preventative maintenance.

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Kia Cerato Interior

The Cerato interior includes circular air vents and a touchscreen that sits atop of the centre stack. In entry grades it is an 8.0-inch screen while the higher grades have a 10.25-inch unit.

Cloth trim is fitted for the entry variants and higher grades feature leather-appointed seats.

The interior has more than adequate space in the front and rear, and it is larger than some small cars like the Toyota Corolla.

The second row has a USB-C port, lower air vents and space for bottles in the doors.

Kia Cerato Dimensions

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

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Sedan 1440x1800x4640 mm 140 mm
2022 Hatchback 1445x1800x4510 mm 140 mm
2021 Sedan 1440x1800x4640 mm 150 mm
2021 Hatchback 1440x1800x4510 mm 150 mm
2020 Sedan 1440x1800x4640 mm 150 mm
2020 Hatchback 1440x1800x4510 mm 150 mm
2019 Hatchback 1450x1780x4360 mm 140 mm
2019 Sedan 1440x1800x4640 mm 150 mm
2018 Sedan 1450x1780x4560 mm 140 mm
2018 Hatchback 1450x1780x4360 mm 140 mm
2018 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
2022 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2022 Sedan 7.4L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2021 Hatchback 7.4L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Sedan 7.6L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Kia Cerato Pricing and Specs for 2022

Kia Cerato Boot Space

The Cerato sedan offering an impressive 502 litres (VDA) of cargo space, which is more than other small sedans like the Subaru Impreza (460L) and the Hyundai i30 (474L).

Lower the rear 60/40 seats via the levers in the boot and that space increases further, but they don’t fold completely flat.

The Cerato hatch can swallow 428 litres.

Kia Cerato Boot space Kia Cerato Boot space

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 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 Hatchback 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2022 Sedan 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2021 Hatchback 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2021 Sedan 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Cerato Wheel Sizes

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
2022 Hatchback 1100kg 1100kg
2022 Sedan 1100kg 1100kg
2021 Hatchback 0kg 1100kg
2021 Sedan 0kg 1100kg
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
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Kia Cerato Speed

Kia has not provided 0-100km/h times for the Cerato range.

Kia Cerato Seats

The Kia Cerato sedan and hatchback offer seating for five occupants with two in the first row and three in the second. No seven-seat option is available. The rear seat is 60/40 split fold.

Kia Cerato Seats