2019 Kia Cerato Review – Why Should You Buy?

The 2019 Kia Cerato Hatch is a further development of its award-winning design

The nice people of Kia Motors Australia have been generous with the vehicles they have provided for review over the last 12 months, and this vehicle is no exception. The Kia Cerato Hatch of 2019, the subject of my opinion, is probably just sensational.

Kia entered the Australian market a long time ago – it celebrates its 31st year in 2019. And the variety of vehicles is gaining more and more followers over the years. No wonder the rise of Kia coincided with the introduction of the 7-year warranty at the end of 2014.

Kia decided not only because of the need to sell more cars in our market, but also because they knew that the reliability of their product would be right for potential customers.

What is it? The Kia Cerato, available in hatch and saloon, is a small 4-cyl vehicle according to the Australian classification, but in my opinion also fits well in the middle category

Four or five doors provide easy access. And offers affordability, space and many features

competitor – The competition is difficult to judge, but you can compare Kia Cerato with Volkswagen Golf, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Renault Megane, Hyundai i30, Honda Civic and Holden Astra, just to name a few. The Kia wins for me

How much?, The Kia Cerato range starts at $ 19,990 (Drive Away) for the S-model in the manual transmission, which will be completed with the sports car, currently for 24,190 US dollars. (End of March 31, 2019, but I expect it to continue until April.)

Kia Australia – A little more info Kia has announced that it will stop selling its three vehicles with the least volume to make life easier for its dealers, and confirms the demise of the Rondo driver, Soul hatchback and Optima sedan.

The electric car Soul EV is on the radar for a launch in 2020/21, followed by the wheel tracks of confirmed Niro EV arriving in January of next year. It's no surprise that Kia will launch the new model at the 2020 Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam to keep up with the Hyundai Kona EV and Nissan Leaf. Maybe a raffa edition?


Schreyer Grill improves the front perspective of the Cerato

Will the Schreyer grill get a bit older? I would have thought that we would see a modest update with the new Kia Cerato. But damn, BMW retains the grille design. So why change? The Kia Cerato Sport hatch is a good looking car all around. The Cerato series is equipped with a 2.0-liter multi-point injection engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Many get up and go for city and highway. The transfer runs smoothly, as you expect.

When a salesperson correctly explains an unknown vehicle, he starts at the front. The Kia Cerato hatch produces 120 kW of power and 000 Nm of torque. What does that mean? Simply that power and torque are more than enough to get the vehicle around the suburbs onto the highway and not get the potential customer in trouble. The Kia seller will explain that the engine is based on the 2.0-liter engine used in other Kia and Hyundai vehicles and that he has been a reliable engine for ages. They further explain that the new transmission is a 6-speed automatic and is well coupled with the 2.0 engine.

You will see that the headlights with halogen daytime running lights perform twilight measurement (automatic switch on and off) and are equipped with a rear fog light. Parking sensors are standard front and rear and a rear-view camera with guidelines. A salesman with some nous will also tell you that bonnet and headlamp protector, carpet mats and a cargo space mat are available as original accessories and that they recommend these items to maintain the condition of your new vehicle.

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Looking at the side profile of the Kia Cerato hatch, the improved design gives it a BMW X4 look – pleasing to the eye. As I said, some designers forget the appeal of the price range, but Kia is an exception. When driving around, there really can not be an area that could be better. Great sign for the designers at Kia.

For safety reasons, there are a number of elements that must be included in a modern motor vehicle. Since 1978, the following elements have been gradually introduced. Many older cars on the road do not have all or just some of the most important safety features. So, if you're considering a cheaper older vehicle than the second car, you might want to think again.

– Anti
Lock Braking System helps to keep the vehicle under control
Vehicle brakes hard

stability control
– Electronic Stability Control (ESC), also called electronic
Stability Program (ESP) or Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is a
Computer-aided technology that improves the stability of a vehicle
Recognition and reduction of train loss (spin).

Brake force distribution
– Electronic brake force distribution (EBD or EBFD)
or Electronic Brake Force Limiter (EBL) is an automobile brake
A technology that automatically varies the force exerted on everyone by a
Vehicle wheels based on road conditions, speed, load, etc.

– Traction control systems optimize the grip and stability of the vehicle
the road during acceleration by measuring the wheel rotation. It stops the wheels spinning
by reducing the engine power or temporarily applying the brakes to that wheel,
This allows the car to accelerate even on slippery surfaces.

brake Assist
– Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) or Brake Assist (BA or BAS)
is a generic term for an automotive brake technology
increases the brake pressure in an emergency.

– Dual
Front, side and curtain airbags protect the driver and occupants from serious hazards
Injury in an accident

Turning back

Provides rear visibility when reversing the vehicle. This also helps with towing aids
Alignment of the trailer hitch / ball and the gooseneck of the hitch.

Anti-intrusion beams
in that
Doors – Reduces the risk of injury in the event of a side impact.

– stops
Your vehicle must not be taken by unauthorized persons. No key, no start and that
will also help with reduced full insurance premiums

Directly from the Kia website, you will find a list of important active and passive security features for this Kia Cerato Sport. If you would like to see the same specifications for the other models, just click on this link. Kia specifications

Active safety
SRS airbags for driver and front passenger
SRS airbags on the front
Curtain SRS airbags
Belt tensioner front with load limiter
Side protection bar (front and rear)
Child-proof door locks
Impact sensors automatic door unlocking
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with EBD5 & BA6
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with TCS7
Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
Hill start help (HAC)
Emergency stop signal (ESS)
Seat belt warning & light in all positions
Parking assistance front
Backward parking sensors
Parking sensor-dash display
Reversing camera with in-audio display and dynamic parking guidelines
Rear view mirror (day and night)
Electrochromic rearview mirror (auto-dimming)
Blind Spot Detection (BSD)S
Rear Cross Traffic (RCTA)S
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)S
Warning for drivers (DAA)
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) – Car AvoidanceS
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) – avoid pedestrians and cyclists§
High mounted rear brake light
Halogen daytime running lights (DRL)
LED daytime running lights (DRL)
LED headlights
LED combination lamp
Dawn automatic headlights
Fog light
Door opening warning on driver display
Speed ​​sensor for automatic door locking
Anchoring points for child restraint systems (3 anchors + 2 ISOFIX positions)
3-point ELR seat belts in all positions

tow away

Traction unrestrained 610kg with a braked capacity of 1,100kg. The maximum download capacity for downloading balls is 75 kg. If you want to tow anything at all, you should check it carefully with your dealer, tow bar supplier and / or the company where you buy the towed item. Apart from the fact that you can not tow the set weights without restrictions, you can also have a problem with your insurance in case of an accident, if you have the capacity.

Dimensions and performance

Cerato produces 112 kW of power and delivers 192 Nm of torque. In simple English, this is the powertrain's ability to easily get you away from a standing start. Sure, it's not a sports car, but if you're looking for something really sporty, invest in a twin-turbo Kia Stinger.

The Cerato has a lot of getting up and walking, even with a full load of passengers, so you feel comfortable in the city and on the highway. Would I use it on a trip to say Sydney or Melbourne? Sure would.

The really wonderful thing about this car and other gasoline-powered Kia cars is that they are designed to run on normal unleaded gasoline and can also use E-10. And that says a lot, considering that unleaded 95-liter premium fuel is about 10 liters per liter more expensive than unleaded.


The trunk of the Kia Cerato hatchback is huge and flexible with folding seats of 70/30

This new model from Kia Cerato Hatch offers plenty of space for luggage, groceries, a stroller or sports equipment, and offers the flexibility to fit fold-down rear seats for this unplanned shopping expedition

If you buy a small or medium passenger car, this will fit perfectly. Apart from that, space is just as flexible as some SUVs. It's just very well designed.

Passenger compartment behind

With 5 to the shops or along the coast? Kia Cerato allows the whole family a comfortable travel. Height adjustable headrests for the front seatbelts allow the driver to stay in control. Rear seatbelts are lap belt. The rear seat is a split-fold system with a central armrest, with only two at the back. The rear passengers receive 2 good cup holders

Driver's side and driver's seat

I feel very comfortable with the overall size and shape of the Kia Cerato Sport Hatch.

Kia Cerato
Kia Cerato has an excellent seating position for driver and control

It looks like it will not age for a while, and the driver and passenger are in good hands.

The driver area of ​​the vehicle is specially designed for maximum comfort. The 8-inch infotainment system provides important information, Apple Car Play / Android Car and Bluetooth streaming. The driver's seat is supportive and provides a comfortable environment for long distances. The air conditioning is a pleasure and the cabin is also equipped with a particulate matter pollen filter.

ANCAP – Safety Assessment

Kia Cerato

I'm a bit dissatisfied with the ANCAP rating system these days. The Kia Cerato Hatch was tested in mid-2018 and received a 5-star rating.

The result argue? – I think that Kia produces very safe cars and this deserves a 5-star rating, but I suggest that ANCAP and the manufacturers must clearly show the test year. ANCAP proposes 2019, but was tested in 2018. What does or does this suggest?

Green vehicle manual

I have no doubt that the published figures on the Green Vehicle Guide website are overrated. But how much? The new worldwide practice test system has not been published for many brands – apparently the Europeans are in use, not so much elsewhere.

I usually do some measurements on the cars that I test and check.

With the Kia Cerato, I've achieved 6.6 liters per 100km in my car week. The drive, which I covered for about 500 kilometers, was mainly a highway between Redcliffe and Peachester (near Maleny in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast) and local roads around the Redcliffe Peninsula.

I expect that the published by the Federal Government fuel consumption is about 12%. And that's not so bad compared to other cars I've tested.

Be careful when reviewing these published figures. Laboratory tests are far from being the case in terms of fuel consumption. Neither the above results use real-time data, nor do they contain a "load" of people or equipment. How can you find out what kind of profitability you have in your particular circumstances? Ask someone who already drives a Kia Cerato – this model or even the older one. You can find many of them online – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram employees share their experience not only with fuel economy but also with their own car.

Insurance – Kia Cerato Sport Hatch


In general, I use RACQ insurance to give you a guide on what to pay for your annual comprehensive car insurance. Conditions are:

  • A male driver over 60 who has been licensed for over 10 years
  • Bronze member of RACQ with 2 other insurance policies
  • Has paid cash for the car for private use and parked the car in a garage.
  • The driver is in the postal code 4017
  • The car is equipped with an immobilizer
  • No debtor claim in the last 3 years, no license suspension
  • Rating 1, which has the rating 1 for at least 10 years
  • No driver under 25 will use the vehicle.

The premium offered by RACQ Insurance online for Private use – No funding $ 369.85 with a surplus of $ 750. Deviations from the above information can lead to different results. Check online with RACQ insurance for your special offer.

Where to buy – Dealer

My test vehicle was delivered by Kia Motors Australia. I was not paid any financial incentives for this review. If you are in the market to buy a Kia Cerato Sport Hatch or another Kia, choose your dealer carefully. If I want to look at the "value" of a trader, I look at "Kia Dealers Brisbane" where the city is the one you live in, and the brand is the one you are interested in.

I only list merchants who have scored at least 5 ratings with Google and only 4 stars or higher.

From the point of view of Southeast Queensland, here are the dealers I will visit:

Northside Brendale Kia 4.6 stars out of 53 reviews

Southside Motorama Kia 4.7 stars out of 192 rating

Eastside Keema Bayside Kia 4.7 stars out of 25 reviews

Westside Toowong Kia 4.6 stars from 139 reviews

Gold Coast By Bibra Kia 4.8 stars out of 38 reviews

Sunshine Coast Cricks Noosa Kia 4.3 stars out of 9 ratings

(Google Stars and validation numbers effective March 10, 2019)M

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Q: Why should I deal with a car broker instead of just going to a dealer?

ON: It is the goal and the job of a car salesman to earn as much money for his dealer as he can. And this applies to the areas of auto, finance (finance and insurance) and aftermarket (tint, color, interior, rust).

It is the job of an auto broker or car buyer agent to buy the same car at the lowest possible price. Your broker receives prizes from at least five or more merchants, receives independent financing and insurance quotes, and then recommends only the car protection you actually need, rather than the products that the merchant wants to sell to you. Traders make an average of around $ 3800 on a car sales. A smart broker will lower that margin to around $ 1,800, saving you $ 2,000 on a vehicle purchase

Q: Should I take over finances and insurance from a car dealer?

ON: General no An average car dealer relies on the car buyer being exhausted after the trauma and stress of buying a car. They depend on their financial manager to earn an average profit of $ 1,100 for each car buyer who comes to his dealership. The income per finance contract is around $ 3000 per contract. More recently, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has looked closely at how financial companies and their traders sell to consumers. Recently, financial firms have voluntarily reduced the flex rate (the maximum rate that may be set above the base rate for certain consumers) from 8% to 4%.

Some non-standard lenders still need to be careful. For those in our community who are experiencing hard times, bad credit or profiteering from Centrelink, some lenders can still charge exorbitant interest rates of up to 25%.

Q: The fact is that traders forced by their manufacturers charge very high prices for original spare parts. Recently, I had to buy a set of capscrews for an Alfa Romeo Sedan 2008. The price of my local dealer was $ 294. I picked her up from the United Kingdom for $ 115 including freight to Australia. I expect to receive it in the at the same time as the local dealer to pick them up from Melbourne.

ON: On this occasion, the dealer is not to blame. As a rule, a dealer makes about 20% profit from the sale of original spare parts. The manufacturer / importer will be charged higher prices than those available from overseas markets. Shopping spree. To determine if you can buy the part you need, you first need the part number. Get your VIN, call the dealer and ask for the part number. You can sign up, and if so, just search the net over Google. You will be astonished. There are even local providers who are able to provide a real part for foreign prices. For Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Isuzu Ute and Volkswagen visit my website www.genuinespares.com.au

Q: If you have a larger vehicle with lots of glass, there is a chance you might want or need a window tint. At the point of sale, traders want to charge up to $ 795 for tinting the windows of their car. Again, you want to avoid the stress and pressure of negotiations and simply sign where you are asked.

ON: At Car Business, you can get window tints for around $ 400. My company has made agreements with local tint shops to get exactly that price – $ 400. Do not Overload $ 400 is the price of an average vehicle

Q: How do I choose the right car for my needs?

ON: In general, car buyers have a general idea of ​​what kind of car they want to buy. However, in a market like ours, with nearly 60 brands and thousands of models, the historic property does not have to be maintained. Find an honest buyer and talk to them about your requirements. My company Car Business offers this service without obligation for our customers. You can fill that out Lifestyle formClick and a Car Business representative will contact you to discuss your requirements. We use the comparable price for new RJ pounds to help buyers understand the alternatives. It may not be what you are thinking.

Q: I need accessories for my new car, but I'm not sure if I get the best price from the dealer

ON: Accessories is another area where traders make a big part of their profits. Apart from window tinting, paint and interior protection, and rust protection, a typical salesperson goes through a wide range of accessories. Even the manufacturer has plenty of accessories in his new vehicle brochure.

Do not feel obligated to buy the accessories you want from your dealer. I suggest many customers call the parts department of the same dealer and request a quote for the accessories they want. You might be surprised at a price. The other way is searching the internet. There are many retailers who buy the parts you want from foreign suppliers (including those that directly supply the manufacturer) and sell them at a much better price. All you have to do to set it up, but in general, it's pretty easy for a DIY enthusiast

Q: If I sell my car privately, will I get a better price?

ON: In a private sale, it is sometimes possible to achieve a higher price. However, this will decrease significantly if your vehicle is not presented correctly and there is no longer a warranty. The private buyer now expects the same benefits he would gain from buying a trader and expects significant price reductions if he believes he is at a disadvantage. In addition, there are the costs of preparing your vehicle to the same standards as for engine dealers. Check out security certificates, service, tires, windshields, chips and scratches, detailing and advertising, and the need to be available at all times, including weekends when potential buyers want to check your vehicle. It may not be the wise decision when people come to your home that you do not know.

Once the cost and time is determined, most people choose to trade their current vehicle or use a professional car purchase service to make sure they get a good price at no cost or expense.

Q: Do you allow and / or recommend RACQ inspections on used cars?

ON: Yes, we welcome the RACQ inspection process in our company and recognize the need for such an independent audit. Upon completion, we will discuss the report with you and facilitate necessary repairs. You can get the RACQ to visit our shop. We can arrange for your vehicle selection to be reviewed and you can send the report directly to you if you so desire.

Q: Why are dealers so expensive for service compared to other service centers?

ON: Dealers service and maintain vehicles in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations to ensure the warranty for your new vehicle. They are usually ready to bring other service providers together as long as they compare "like-like comparisons".

Your individual circumstances can be taken into account during filter and coolant changes etc. They also have factory trained technicians and have the support of specialized equipment and of course the right factory support. There are many other reasons, such as the resale value, and when it comes to the trade-in price, the car dealers always look at the maintained service books, especially if a dealer has been waiting for them.

On the other hand, if you manage your money with care, we can arrange a logbook service with one of our preferred providers.

Do I have to return my vehicle to the dealer for repair?

The simple answer is NO!

While dealers can suggest or insist that their new car be returned to their service department, the reality is:

  1. You can bring your car to one of the brand's service center for routine or warranty service. The guarantee for brand X is provided by the manufacturer and not by the dealer. If there is a cheaper place to park your car, take it there.
  2. Dealers may suggest that you must service your vehicle with the dealer to maintain the warranty. Again, that's a lie. You can have your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic or technician provided the manufacturer's service guidelines for your vehicle are met
    1. You should use at least the type of oil specified by the manufacturer and parts of the same quality standard. You should not use inferior parts. While I would recommend using the manufacturer parts, there are similarly high quality non-genuine parts on the market. Things like brake pads, brake discs, air and oil filters, spark plugs, and the like are often cheaper and of the same good quality as those supplied by the manufacturer

How often should I check the tire pressure?

I personally check my tire pressure monthly. I have a flat tire I bought from Repco, which I relied on to check the pressure in my tires. It is probably better to check the tire pressure every other time when filling your fuel tank. High volume gas stations have high quality air pumps, and it only takes a few minutes after they are filled.

What should I do if my car breaks down at night?

First of all, I would suggest that you join a roadside assistance program like the RACQ.

If you have purchased a new vehicle, the warranty applies to your new vehicle. Kia Motors Australia offers 7 years roadside assistance with the warranty. Hyundai and Ford have a 5-year program.

Mitsubishi offers breakdown assistance only after the first year, provided that you have your services provided by one of your dealers.

If you do not have roadside assistance, it is best to contact RACQ or your state agency. (NRMA, RACV, etc.) It does not make much sense to break down on a dark road or a single road and then make repairs yourself. This is especially true for younger drivers.

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