2022 Kia Cerato Hatchback - Can it take it up to the segment's finest? | Mini Auto

Prices start at : $25,990

Unbelievably, the Kia Cerato has been on sale in Australia for almost two decades. In the meantime, it blew away the seemingly more famous Rio sales figures, a nameplate that's been around forever. Kia has sold 155,000 Ceratos, which is nothing to worry about, especially for a challenging brand.

Since introducing the fourth-generation Cerato in 2018, Kia has released a number of new SUV models - the Stonic, Seltos and Sorento as well as the sportive Stinger sedan, which is nothing special. So a lot of units were sold but Cerato still increased sales.

It's been three years since its introduction and Kia has taken the opportunity not only to refresh the range but also to outfit the shiny new Kia badge.

The range remains essentially the same as before, with no change to the model name and the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated and 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder continue. Sadly - and please be quiet for a moment - the six-speed manual is no longer available, the very small demand for the three-pedal model will cause it to fall apart as well as be incompatible with the upgraded AEB.

Safety features across the range include six airbags, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, forward AEB (car and pedestrian), lane-following assist, and driver-attention alert. driver, rear occupant alert, automatic high beams and a reversing camera, with some of these being new additions to the base specification.

Prices increase across the range, with the 2.0-liter variants going up to $600 while the GT goes up by $1100.

The range opens up with the S at $25,490 RRP ($25,990 driving) with the Transport Safety package for $26,490 ($27,490 driving). The S gets 16-inch steel wheels, automatic halogen headlights, air conditioning (with rear vents), keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, cloth trim and cruise control. submit.

Its six-speaker stereo system is equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For some reason, the S is the only car in the range with wireless capabilities, something Kia hopes will change soon.

The addition of the Safety Pack takes the standard safety package and adds cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, upgraded front AEB with cyclist detection, side collision warning advance and warn of safe exits. It's $1500 well spent but it's annoying that all this isn't standard, especially the rear cross-traffic alert.

The Sport retails for $27,590 ($27,990 to drive) with specs built on the S with 17-inch alloys, sat-nav, sport fabric trim, steering wheel and gearshift.” high class”.

It also has a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen, which adds a host of features including digital radio but loses Apple CarPlay wirelessly while Android Auto works with both cable and wireless. To keep the battery full, there are two USB ports - one in the front and one in the back - as well as a 12-volt adapter.

As with the S, you can add the Safety Package, which brings the Sport to $28,590 ($29,940 driving).

The Sport+ costs $30,640 ($31,690 to drive), has larger rear brakes, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control. The sedan also gets a smart launch release.

New to Sport + is adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with blind-spot collision avoidance assist, cross-traffic alert when reversing and rear-traffic collision avoidance assist, safety exit warning safety and upgraded front AEB with cyclist detection.

Some of the upgraded interior materials include faux leather seats, which are absolutely fine and will appeal to those looking for a vegan interior.

The S, Sport and Sport+ all have a 2.0-liter MPI engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Moving on to the GT, the 2.0-liter engine makes way for a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The GT costs $35,290 ($36,990 to drive), with most of the price difference due to the turbo engine and multi-link rear suspension. The GT's sport suspension has been tweaked (the old car was a very tough driver) and there are 18-inch wheels plus bigger brakes than the Sport+.

The stereo system is a JBL-branded eight-speaker system, with front sport seats with heating and cooling, a sunroof (apparently due to customer demand), paddle shifters, charging pad wireless, alloy sport pedals and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

2022 Kia Cerato Hatchback - Can it take it up to the segment's finest? | Mini Auto  2022 Kia Cerato Hatchback - Can it take it up to the segment's finest? | Mini Auto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on June 14, 2021 Rating: 5

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