Kia Cerato 2.0 EX Auto review

Kia Cerato 2.0 EX Auto

Kia Cerato

Kia Cerato

The latest Cerato, sedan or hatch, delivers on value, style, quality and comfort.
We tested the 2.0 EX Automatic sedan. It is a very pleasant car which is very easy to drive and to live with. It just soaks up bumps and irregularities in the road and goes round corners with assurance.
Standard equipment includes automatic light control, LED daytime running lights, fog lights and electric windows and mirrors. All four wheels have disc brakes, ABS, EBD and all the other safety kit is fitted.

Cerato interior
The Cerato interior is pleasant and a big step up from the previous model, but still quite conservative. This is perhaps a good thing. The car is really comprehensively equipped. It has everything from air conditioning to cruise control to electric chromic mirror to rear view camera on the two top models. The leather steering wheel has remote controls and a matching gear knob.
The boot is big and deep (420litres) and almost matches the Sentra and Jetta.

Kia Cerato EX 2.0 Auto

Kia Cerato EX 2.0 Auto

The exterior styling is a step up from the previous model and is somewhat more Eurocentric. I think it looks great and should age well.
A complaint about previous Kia’s has been the dead steering. The cars felt disconnected from the road. This new generation largely fixes that. Within a day or two you get used to it and don’t notice it. A big improvement. The EX and SX models have a setting to adjust the responsiveness of the steering; soft, normal or sport.
Cerato_noseBuild quality is good, resulting in a five year warranty. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it should keep resale values high.
The in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve dual overhead cam and dual cvvt 2.0 litre engine produces 118kW @ 6 200rpm and 194Nm @ 4 300rpm. Top speed is 205km/h and 0 to 100km/h is 9.3 seconds. Both manual and auto boxes are 6 speed. I think the 1.6 models may be a little lethargic on the Highveld especially with 4 adults onboard, but the 2.0 litre models are just right. Expect fuel consumption of around 7.5 l/100km.
Price of the Cerato EX 2.0 Automatic as tested is R259 995. The range starts at R219 995 for the 1.6 manual. The top model is the 2.0 SX Automatic at R289 995.
Also look at the Nissan Sentra, VW Jetta, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruz, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic. My short list would be Civic, Focus, Sentra and Cerato.
The warranty is 5 years or 150 000km and the service plan is 5 years or 90 000km.


KIA Cerato Hatch 1.6 EX Manual Review

KIA Cerato Hatch 1.6 EX Manual Review

The new 2011 Cerato hatch breaks new ground for the KIA brand, which with this car establishes itself as a serious aspirational, sporty automotive brand alternative to the same old marques and announces itself as the BMW or Alfa of Korea. It’s that good. And very affordable for the package you get. The competition is going to battle to match this.

We tested the 1.6 manual in basic trim. In truth you don’t need more at sea level. It goes well, it’s nippy, a pleasure to drive and does everything it should, ticking all the right boxes on the way. I was pleasantly surprised with this car. The 2.0 litre models must be quite sporty with their extra 15% power.

Initially the electric (motor driven) power-assisted rack and pinion steering seems too light, almost unpleasantly so, and has a mid or centre spot which feels dead, until you get used to it. The steering becomes progressively stiffer the faster you go. You quickly become accustomed to it. The gears, clutch and handling are just right. It’s fun to drive and very responsive.

The interior has been well thought out. The controls for the aircon and fans feels a bit flimsy compared to the rest of the switchgear, but is much like other cars in its segment. The rest of the interior has a smart, sporty (but not boy racer) feel to it. Legroom at the back is surprisingly good. The cloth seats are comfortable and adjust easily.

Cerato Hatch comes standard with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), as well as dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags. Active headrests are also standard on all models.

The 0 – 100 km/h sprint takes 10.3 seconds, average fuel economy is a claimed 6.6 L/100km and CO2 emissions are 158 g/km. I got just over 7 L/100km and the acceleration felt quick.

Standard equipment includes aircon, iPod and USB connectivity, MP3 compatible CD/radio with 6 speakers, electric mirrors and windows, immobiliser and full size spare wheel.

Nice touches are keyless entry, speed sensing auto door lock, Electric Chromic rearview mirror and three spoke leather steering wheel and gear knob.

The 1.6 we tested produces 91.2kW @ 6 300 and torque of 156 Nm @ 4 200.

Price is R185 995, the top of the line 2.0 Auto costs R215 995. Warranty is 5 year / 100 000km, Service plan 4 year / 90 000km and service intervals 15 000km.