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Kia Cerato

Kia Cerato

Hatch driven

October 4, 2013

The Kia Cerato hatchback joins the saloon derivative as the second model in the recently overhauled Cerato range. Both models will be joined shortly by the Cerato Koup – a 1.6-litre turbocharged halo car that’s good for 150kW and 265Nm (see Richard’s driving impressions ). Viewed from the front it looks very much like its booted counterparts but several styling addendums have helped spruce up its appearance.

These additions include pronounced air intakes, newly designed fog light housings and radiator grille, and different alloy wheels. Naturally the biggest change occurs at the rear where the Cerato takes on a sporty and characterful mien with a sculptural spoiler, LED rear tail-lamps and a two-tone rear valence dominating proceedings.

Inside, it’s standard Cerato so you get the same levels of refinement as the sedan. Features such as electric windows, a leather-clad steering wheel and gear knob, air-con, cruise control, radio/CD front loader with MP3/iPod/USB connection and Bluetooth are standard fare on the 1.6 EX. And of course the 2.0EX and SX models add even more luxury, kit and functionality.

The Cerato hatch boasts slightly larger exterior dimensions than any of its c-segment rivals – the Focus, Golf and Auris included – which has culminated in vastly improved interior space both at the front and rear. Boot space is rated at 385l with the seats up and 657l with the seats folded flush.

Two engine offerings are available: a 95.3kW/157Nm 1.6- and 118kW/194Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder. Unfortunately, we were able to only sample the 1.6 EX on the launch drive but it’s a gem of an engine nonetheless and supplies adequate power and torque through the entire rev range – yes, even in sixth gear. In fact, not once did I feel the need to gear down to 5 th on the open road. The performance figures are pegged at 10secs for the 0-100kph dash and a 200kph top speed.

The Cerato is a joy to pedal in a straight line but the same can’t be said for its steering abilities. While the car behaves amicably through the bends the steering – while direct and responsive – is a little vague around its center point requiring you to sometimes make small corrections mid corner. FlexSteer makes no real difference I’m afraid.

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The Cerato hatch has injected the line-up with added sportiness and enjoyment. At 229 995 the entry level 1.6 EX is a jam-packed bargain. All Cerato models come standard with a 5 year/ 150 000km warranty, 5 year / 90 000km service plan and 3 year/unlimited roadside assistance.

Kia Cerato 1.6 EX

PRICE | R229 995 ENGINE | 1591cc four-cylinder, 95.3kW @ 6300rpm, 157Nm @ 4850rpm TRANSMISSION | 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive SUSPENSION | MacPherson strut, torsion-beam rear LENGTH/WIDTH/HEIGHT | 4350/1780/1460mm WEIGHT | 1226kg PERFORMANCE | 10.1  sec 0-100kph, 200kph top speed, 7.6l/100km, 154g/km ON SALE | Now

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