First Drive: Kia Cerato Hatch | SACarFan

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First Drive: Kia Cerato

Kia: ‘The Power to It certainly says a lot about and fair dues to Kia, times out of ten their offerings certainly do surprise. They’ve a market that has traditionally dominated by the European brands and intimidating; brands that their cars on our shore enabling them to sell at a price than the imports.

however, has not scared Kia off the starting and it certainly hasn’t intimidated into stumbling amongst the rather the opposite. Designed in with European styling to global chief of design, Schreyer (he of Audi-origin, lest we the Cerato Hatch seems on beating off the locally made Kia is definitely surprising and now known for matched to quality, reliability and a design.

Their latest offering to the African market is the Kia Cerato A refreshing new contender to the hatch where some designs to be getting a bit over complicated on of the newer competitors, the Kia Cerato has an eye-catching and sporty hatchback This is complemented by larger and an aggressive stance, whilst clean lines along the work.

The Kia Cerato Hatch has the ‘tiger nose’ design larger grille openings and a front bumper, housing headlights, with LED daytime lights deep into the fenders and following the line to a raked windshield. The roof continues the low, sporty down to the rear hatch the reworked, integrated spoiler LED tail lights (on the SX model) the twin chrome exhaust The Kia Cerato Hatch is subtle, but a well-styled car.

The model line-up consists of models based on two engine The entry-level 1.6-litre ‘EX’ 4-cylinder engine will you 95 kW and 157 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed or automatic gearbox. The 2.0-litre and ‘SX’ models will a larger displacement 4-cylinder producing 118 kW and a chunky 194 Nm of torque, a 6-speed manual or automatic as well.

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The interior flows with lines, no complicated dials and littered about, and all housed premium soft touch and textiles; while the steering itself weighs in on the sporty wrapped in grippy, premium-feeling Keeping things easy on the the dials nestled in the instrument are white on black, whilst finishes and carbon fibre textures throughout the cabin the sporty accent.

As standard the 1.6-litre EX will auto lights, LED daytime lights, Bluetooth, cruise wheel mounted controls, windows and side mirrors and a with MP3/iPod/USB functionality, and new to the is the 4.3-inch TFT LCD centre fascia so you won’t be wanting for specification on the model.

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On the 2.0-litre EX model be leather seats all round, Distance Control, Flex System whilst the SX model further upgrade to 17-inch welcome home lights, key entry with a Stop/Start rear view camera and headlamps with both the option of a sunroof. As per expectation of the Kia a standard model comes with multiple ‘optional at no extra cost. If you need to a whole lot of bits and bobs the boot space is 385-litres, if items and chunkier than simply pop down the rear that are spilt 60:40.

The 1.6-litre EX was the only derivative on for driving at the launch and proved than capable of the task at winding through the Cape efficiently. The steering was the most factor, being absolutely smooth with plenty of feedback from the road handling driver inputs complete accuracy.

The suspension is standard fare in segment consisting of independent Strut up front with torsion beam axle up the rear; both handled the Capes roads with The 1.6-litre lost of bit of gusto on the though I suspect that be a problem in the 2.0-litre version.

The is comfortable, whether you’re or short and the wider stance has for an open cabin eliminating blind spots. Safety standard with ABS, Brakeforce Distribution, six airbags all ISOfix points and fog lights, on the topping SX you have Electronic Control working cog in cog with Stability Control and Hill Control to prevent roll

Overall, the new Kia Cerato Hatch a first impression of an easy, drive matched with a that is renowned for offering value for money. Starting at for the 1.6-litre EX and topping out at R299 995 for the SX, it’ll be a worthy competitor for the Auris, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and even the i30’s of the world.

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