2019 Kia Cerato GT Hatch Review | Asian Car Guide
November 12, 2019

2019 Kia Cerato GT Hatch Review

2019 Kia Cerato GT Hatch

It was not long ago that Kia was better known as a value proposition rather than an aspirational brand. Things have changed however with the introduction of a new range of exciting models that have raised eyebrows with a winning combination of style, quality, performance and features one could previously only find in luxury continental brands.

The Cerato GT-line has been recently refreshed to align itself with the latest models from the Korean carmaker.

Spotting a Kia Cerato GT-Line from afar won’t be too difficult given that this hatch has been given a sportier outlook by way of some exclusive styling enhancements.

On our test car (Runway Red), the signature ‘Tiger Nose Grille’ that Kia is known for has been painted red while its rear diffuser and side skirts give the car a proper sports stance that is complemented with gloss black finished wing mirrors.

Inside, the GT-Line treatment continues with sport seats featuring contrasting stitching and embroidered logos. The highlight, however, is the D-cut leather-wrapped steering wheel that present drivers with a much more engaging feel.

It is also fitted with paddle shifters for direct access to the six-speed automatic without the need to take your hands off the wheel.

As a top of the range model, Kia Cerato GT-Line is absolutely brimming with sophisticated features that belie its positioning as a 1.6-litre hatch.

From the outside, its LED headlights easily distinguish this car. Incorporated with a daytime running light signature, this car’s
safety factor increases as it can be seen from a good distance.

Around the back, the impression continues with specially designed LED rear lamp clusters.

The Kia Cerato GT-Line has a range of other nifty features placing driver and passengers in a comfort zone. For example, it is fitted with dual-zone climate control so occupants on the left and right sides can select their preferred temperatures.

The chilled air is blown out through stylish vents in the centre console while turbine-inspired side outlets allow precise
positioning for cooling comfort.

During summer the cooling effect is enhanced for the front occupants thanks to air-ventilated front seats that expel air-conditioned coolness through the seat and backrest.

For good measure, these seats also come with built-in heaters.

Additionally, the seating position of the driver of the Kia Cerato GT-Line can be customised thanks to 10-way power seat adjustment that can be saved in two personalised pre-sets.

Even the most tech-demanding occupants are bound to be impressed with the features they will find inside the Kia Cerato GT-Line.

The 8-inch full-colour centre display as the focal point of the cabin is just the start.

It also incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so hands- free telecommunications along with navigation apps such as Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze, as well as streaming entertainment like Apple Music, Spotify, Podcasts and Audiobooks can be accessed as soon as the driver’s iPhone is plugged into one of the several USB ports in the car without any need to pair the device.

Those who prefer wireless convenience will also find it in the Cerato GT-Line, featuring a wireless charging tray that is big enough for the latest plus-sized smartphones.

With the Kia Cerato GT-Line, convenience and practicality go hand-in-hand. The Smart trunk system, for example, senses when anyone with the Smart key is near the trunk and automatically opens the boot lid for easy loading of luggage, groceries or shopping.

The Kia Cerato hatch GT’s lively 1.6-litre engine, featuring Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing and electronic fuel injection, produces 150kW at 6,000rpm of power and 265Nm from 1,500 to 4,500rpm of torque.

It is a great drivetrain that offers a combination of performance, refinement and fuel efficiency to satisfy just about any driver.

To complement any driving style, the Drive Mode Select (DMS) button near the gear lever allows the driver to switch between Comfort, Eco or Sport modes which adjust the responsiveness of the drivetrain to suit the road conditions or driving style.

Just as well then, that safety is just as highly prioritised in the Kia Cerato with as many as six airbags in the GT-Line model which also features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for optimal braking performance and directional control.

Carpark ramps and inclines are no problem for the Cerato GT-Line thanks to Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) which automatically prevents the car from rolling backwards when the driver’s right foot transfers from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

Kia has a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty for private buyers. Capped-price servicing also extends for a seven-year term.

Service intervals are every 12 months or 15,000km, and the total costs are $3,295 after seven dealer visits ($282, $476, $346, $630, $317, $604 and $640 = $3,295.) And also includes all filters and fluids as per the car’s service schedule.

2019 Kia Cerato Hatch GT-Line

  • Price and Specifications
  • Price: $31,990 plus on road costs
  • Engine: 1.6-litre turbo 16 valve
  • Power: 150kW at 6,000rpm
  • Torque: 265Nm at 1,500-4,500rpm
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch auto
  • Fuel: 6.8L/100km (ADR Combined)
  • Fuel tank: 50 litres
  • CO2: 128g/km (ADR Combined)
  • Safety Rating: Five-star ANCAP (2019)