Kia Cerato Sport + Sedan

Don’t be misled by the Sport + moniker.

If it’s zip you want in a Cerato, then the GT is your go-to. It alone among Kia’s small car hatch and sedan range boasts turbo power, a 1.6-litre unit putting out 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque and capable of 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds. Its siblings instead rely on Kia’s 2.0-litre, 112kW/192Nm normally aspirated four-cylinder, so even there the Sport + cannot claim better endowment

Enough of what the Sport + isn’t – let’s look at what it does have going for it. For a start, a quantum of standard equipment: tick the boxes for AEB Fusion II (pedestrian and cyclist recognition), advanced smart cruise control, LED daytime running lights, smart key and push button start, leather trim seats, electric auto folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control airconditioning with rear air vents.

Ditto rearview camera and front/rear parking sensors, emergency stop signal, tyre pressure monitor, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition and AM/FM/DAB radio. But there’s more: 17-inch alloys, LCD Driver Information Interface with colour display, Agile Handling Assist System and security alarm, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert Warning and satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic and 10 years’ Mapcare.

Kia Cerato sedan interior

The driver’s seat is limited to manual adjustment (standard for this segment) but there are no issues getting comfortable behind the wheel and interior layout and functions are ergonomically sound. Style-wise, Cerato draws inspiration from its handsome big brother, the Stinger, in now having a horizontal layout emphasised by clean lines and fewer buttons. The result is less visual ‘clutter’ and unwanted distraction. A longer rear overhang that has come with the Generation 3 design has created more boot space, from 482 litres to 502 (VDA).

Cerato boasts a new ‘Smart’ drive mode, which monitors its driver’s habits and automatically adapts to their inputs, shifting between Comfort, Eco or Sport depending on conditions. Ride and handling are short of class leading – think Mazda3, VW Golf, Toyota Corolla – but would probably meet the expectations of most Small car buyers. ADR Fuel economy of 7.6, on test we averaged 8.8.

Kia continues to lead the market with its seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and offers capped price servicing for those seven years with an average price of $393 per 1yr/15,000km service.

The Cerato Sport + might lack the ability to qualify as a driver’s car. But, if the bottom line and value for money is what drives you, then it’s right at the pointy end.

KEY STATS

  • Price $26,190 (driveaway)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre inline 4-cylANCAP safety rating *****

For:

Standard equipment, safety, long warranty.

Against:

Space saver spare wheel, not as good on road as the best.

Kia Cerato sedan rear