Review Kia Cerato 2017
This is its best basic engine.
Remember when Toyota’s Corolla was really a well-built daily annoying driver app?
Well, Kia’s current Cerato hatch, which is the brand’s best-selling car, is proof that Korean automakers have ‘created it’. The brand worries about whether Korean cargo holds have been built as well as Japanese competitors as well and really in the past.
But, as I found in my Cerato S test, there are a few pretty big products.
It’s quite old and safe, the design and engine technology have moved from Cerato’s heyday. And, more embarrassing for Kia, its sister brand has since released the i30 very, very well, even competitively on price.
Plus … The next-gen Cerato will launch in June. So, can I find you any reasons to consider the Kia Cerato S auto? Let’s find out.
The weather is extremely good for the end of April, let me appreciate the Cerato’s exterior.
Car design themes tend to yo-yo between corners and curves. Take a look at everything from the entire Mazda portfolio to the current range of Lexus and you can say we are definitely in an era of corners.
It makes Cerato’s unresolved curved edges look like it is in 2018. But it could be a testament to the original design it has managed since 2014 with only minor changes.
My favorite corner of this car is up to three-quarters behind. Even at this base S level, the hatch still has a rear spoiler and sporty exhaust. These, combined with the sleek rear light cluster make me think that maybe Hyundai chose some design inspiration for the new i30 from Cerato.
I even thought it looked great in this ‘Clear White’ nuance (the only free color), but the steel wheels are incredibly soft, possibly the most boring looking hubcaps in memory recently, As a reminder that this is still a car model base.
The trend of ‘beautiful, but old’ continues inside. Cerato lacks a refreshed interior treatment that spans almost the entire Kia range, including the new 8.0-inch media system and three-spoke steering wheel that looks like Audi.
Although all are well laid out, I had no difficulty finding all the functions and the buttons and switches were very solid. The soft touch surfaces are carefully placed and the chrome accents add a ‘premium’ element to the inside.
Our Cerato S is equipped with an ‘AV’ (auto-only) kit that gives you a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto and a reversing camera, for a total cost of $ 22,790.
This is still the option of the range, as the lower model (priced at $ 19,990, now available automatically for free!) Removes multimedia systems and reversing cameras, and the higher models are mostly aesthetic. .
Having said that, $ 22,790 put it in a difficult position. The competition included Mazda 3 Neo cars ($ 22,490), Hyundai i30 Go cars ($ 22,290) and, of course, Toyota Corolla Ascent cars ($ 23,490).
Family visits and some appointments mean a close combination of some of the most desirable road conditions in western Sydney, followed by a period of time on the freeway.
What impressed me most about Cerato was how easy everything was. I didn’t have to jump in and immediately disable an annoying stop / start system, no annoying beeps from overheating safety systems, and the view straight off the bat was awesome.
There is something to be said about simplicity. That also extends to the Cerato drivetrain. It has a 2.0-liter engine with 112kW / 192Nm on the tap combined with a traditional six-speed automatic (torque converter) shared across the entire Cerato range.
It sounds outdated, but I found it to fit strong up hills and at highway speeds. It also avoids the CVT’s rubber feedback feel or the potential long-term cost of the dual clutch setup.
The downside of this combination is that uhm … my active driving style has pushed fuel consumption up to 10.0L / 100km.
Surprisingly, this is the Kia government’s ‘urban’ fuel use estimate. The company claims that if you combine driving on the highway, you can reduce it to 7.2L / 100km, which is really unimpressive when you consider the Mazda 3 Neo with a combined use of 5.8L / 100km.
Thankfully, Cerato is not an alcoholic and will take 91 times unleaded.
It is worth mentioning that the upcoming new Cerato will maintain this engine and transmission combination in Australia, although smaller engines, turbochargers and CVTs are available overseas.
Drive experience is a bit of a mix. The suspension – as always with Kia and Hyundai products – is locally tuned. As a result, the Cerato was decided to be more foamy than the i30 or Mazda 3. Although that meant it felt less sporty than those two, it had absolutely no difficulty creating. the many potholes pits that Sydney provides with a surprising amount of charm.