Kia Cerato has long been the best-selling product in the Korean brand, largely thanks to its competitive prices and seven-year factory warranty, the best features of the market.
Earlier this year, a new model was launched in Australia, even as a sedan at that time, to continue showing a strong value proposition for money from its predecessor, while facing the main areas. From its predecessor the complaint.
In the test, we have Cerato Sport + 2019 listed at $ 26,190, and I’m surprised to know that this is the high-end variant.
A small $ 26,000 flagship car? Yes, and the kit is not even funny.
The standard equipment + Sport includes adaptive cruise control, leather seats, double air conditioning area with rear respirators, keyless entry and start button, electric mirrors, LED daytime running lights and autonomous emergency braking system with emergency system. detection of improved pedestrians and bicycles.
This is found on the top of the sporty 17-inch alloy sports wheels, satellite navigation with SUNA traffic updates, leather steering wheel and gearshift lever, front and sport seats. ”
From the base, all Cerato models are equipped with AEB with frontal collision warning, 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, maintenance of DAB + digital radio maintenance route, front parking sensors and later , Reversing camera with digital display. Guidelines, tire pressure control and six airbags: the new model does not yet have an ANCAP score.
The exterior design is inspired by the Stinger and the show. The angry face clearly reminds his best companion, and also has a look inspired by the euro that gives it a luxurious look.
We believe that the 17-inch wheels may seem a little small, but the presenter does not care about their sober appearance. In addition, it is assumed that smaller wheels and thicker tires improve comfort management, but we will talk about this.
On the back, the broken taillights give the car a wider position, even if it is a pity that we do not have the fantastic LED units that are offered abroad. They have to come with the next Cerato GT, but in six months.
Even the metallic red paint of our tester is similar to that of the products. This is one of the two “colors” available in the palette. However, there are two shades of blue besides black, two gray, two white and silver.
It is in the interior where probably Kia has made the most important improvements. While the previous generation of Cerato began to feel a generation or two older than the new Kia models and their immediate competition, the new model brought a much cleaner and more modern cabin design, enhanced with updated materials.
The new steering wheel is comfortable to transport, for ergonomic and well heated metal gears.
Immediately at the tip of the controller, the high-resolution, high-resolution 8.0-inch touchscreen is also aesthetically pleasing and is supported by the standard inclusion of satellite navigation systems, digital radio and mirrors. smartphones Whether you are using the factory system or the software for smartphones, the screen is clear and responds to commands.
Further back, there is a start of 520L (+ 38L more than the previous model). If you plan to transport longer items, the rear seat backrests also rotate 60/40. Our only complaint about the baggage area is that the high edge can make the heavier items a bit annoying, even if it is about choosing a night. Under the floor of the boot there is a spare tire to save space.
The same engine is the same “MPI” 2.0-liter unit as the previous model, which produces 112 kW of power at 6200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.
The performance is not really in line with the “Sport” symbol, but it is not even enough. Compared to the model of the previous generation, which I saw again earlier this year, Cerato feels a little more spicy, helped by what seems a smooth transmission and faster than the car it replaces.
However, under load, the 2.0-liter treadmill can be a bit noisy, but if people are friendly, the progress is relatively smooth and direct, although not as fast as they wish. There are configurable driving modes to adjust the mapping of the acceleration and the weight of the steering, even if we do not worry.
If you like the look of Cerato, but want a little more energy, there is a variant GT turbo that will have 150 liters of gasoline related to Hyundai i30 SR of 150 kW / 265 nm, but it is a problem. right now