Kia’s small updated Cerato updated feels more medium sized.
Driving Kia’s recently updated Cerato today – the entry S automatic sedan at 25,990 drive-away. As I said earlier, hatchbacks command the lion share of sales, the Cerato sedan more popular with older buyers representing 32 percent of sales. The latest update further strengthens the sedans appeal, good looking with minor styling changes it has the air of a far more expensive car.
On top of that is an extensive equipment list and an interior that’s a step above its pricing in terms of room, finishes and materials. The 2.0-litre 112 kW engine and six-speed automatic carry over – performance impressed overall with four available drive modes, tyre noise on course surfaces the only negative. Kia’s local suspension tune is once again a high point with it’s on road behaviour in terms of ride and handling first class.
I managed 8.2 L/100 or around 34 miles per gallon in the old money with mainly city driving. Features, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view monitor with parking guidelines, cruise control, autonomous emergency braking for both cars and pedestrians, top quality cloth seats with excellent support and rear seat air vents. I find Kia’s lane departure warning and lane keep assist too intrusive, over active and lacking subtedly and best switched off. Kia’s trump card – a seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty provides real peace of mind motoring.’
I’m David Berthon
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