2018 Kia Cerato Review - Asian Car Guide
March 18, 2018

2018 Kia Cerato Review

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We think the 2018 Kia Cerato is a very good looking car, with restrained but attention grabbing European type looks, and interesting shapes, creases and angles along the front, back, and sides and including honeycomb front grill, fog lamps and running lights, a roof line that slopes down at the back with built in spoiler/shade over the rear window on the hatch, and an especially stylish fastback type rear roof for the sedan.

The Kia Cerato range has been simplified for 2018, with increased equipment levels now being provided through S, S with AV (meaning extra audio visual features), Sport, then Sport + variants.

A GT model should arrive later in 2018.

All variants have the same front-wheel drive 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, naturally aspirated engine, with auto transmission, or a manual option available only for the basic S model.

Pleasingly the spare tyre is full sized.

2018 kia cerato interiorThe Kia Cerato is available as sedan or hatch at the same price.

The choice here is that the hatch is a little shorter, so easier to park and manoeuvre, and also can load bulkier objects in the back because of the hatch door, whilst the sedan has larger boot but narrower rear access, and maybe looks better!

The interior also is simplistic but very stylish, especially with respect to the oval sloping of the dash area, which combines with the short bonnet and far forward windscreen placement to give a feeling of spaciousness.

The small triangular port holes in front of the side windows are a good touch too.

There is plenty of room overhead in the front for tall people and reasonable space in the back also.

The rear seats fold forward in a 60/40 split, with an arm rest/cupholders middle fold down. There are lots of bottle holders in doors and centre consoles, air-con outlets for the rear, and hand grips above the doors.

As with most car brands, the basic ‘S’ model of the Kia Cerato provides an economic entry level, or you can choose what you need or can afford above that.

The basic ‘Sport’ variants comes standard with:

  • 17” alloys
  • Sat-nav
  • Aeroblade wipers
  • Premium steering wheel and shift knob
  • Dusk sensing auto head lamps
  • Rear spoiler
  • Leather-wrapped instrument cluster
  • Soft-touch door panels
  • Carbon fibre-effect trim inserts
  • Illuminated visor mirrors
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • Rear camera with in-audio display & parking guide
  • 7” touchscreen with mp3 & AM/FM with equaliser
  • 5 star ANCAP safety rating
  • Front and reverse parking sensors
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control

I sampled the top of range Sport+, in sedan form, which adds:

  • Leather appointed seats
  • Powered driver lumbar support
  • Wheel mounted paddle shifters
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Smartkey entry with push button start
  • Auto dimming rear mirror
  • Auto electric folding mirrors

Kia and its joined at the hip company Hyundai are getting better and better at rivalling their Japanese counterparts, and then at making inroads in competitiveness to the the European companies, and this car is a prime example of that.

The Kia Cerato is a nice car to drive, and handles very acceptably.

The suspension and electric assisted steering work well, with fairly good ride over bumps, little body roll on corners, and good turning circle.

There is no AEB or blind spot or rear cross traffic alerting, these features cost more, but will be included in time.

There are drive modes of Eco, Normal and Sport, but Normal is just fine.

The 2 litre motor does a very adequate job of getting around town and highway, whilst of course not being any sort of power house, if you want that try the Stinger, but for an everyday well behaved drive this does the job and looks good doing it.

2018 kia cerato hatch side rearSpecifications Kia Cerato Sport+:

  • Engine: 2-Litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder petrol
  • Power: 112kW @ 6,200rpm
  • Torque: 192Nm @ 4,000rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed Auto
  • Steering: Electric power assisted
  • Dimensions mm: L 4,560 W 1,780 H 1,435 WB 2,700, Turning 10.6 metres
  • Weight:  about 1,300kg
  • Fuel: regular unleaded, Tank 50Litres, Economy 7.2 L/100Km, CO2 168 gm/km – combined.
  • Estimated Drive Away Price: $30,949.20

Unlimited Km, 7 Year Warranty, plus Capped Price Servicing (Maximum payable for specified number of manufacturer’s standard scheduled maintenance services, to 7 years or 105,000kms), plus Complimentary Roadside Assist for first year, renewed yearly by completing scheduled maintenance services at Kia Dealerships (for maximum 7 years).