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The Kia Cerato hatch has launched in Australia from a starting price of $19,990 drive-away, matching that of its recently launched sedan.

The three-grade Kia Cerato range will stretch from $19,990 for the base model S with a manual transmission to $29,990 for the range topping SLI automatic.

MY14 Kia Cerato 5 door SLi.

Kia Australia says the Cerato hatch will represent 70 percent of Cerato’s sales volume, with the sedan accounting for only 30 percent.

MY14 Kia Cerato 5 door SLi.

Featuring the same equipment grade as the sedan, the base model Kia Cerato S is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 110kW of power and 178Nm of torque while the mid range Si and top of the range SLi get a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit with 129kW of power and 209Nm of torque.

The Kia Cerato S hatch, which is expected to the volume seller in the range, will use 6.6L of fuel per 100km in manual form and 7.1L when coupled to a six speed automatic. It will go from a standstill to 100km/h in 9.3 seconds or 10.2 seconds with coupled to a manual or automatic transmissions.

MY14 Kia Cerato 5 door Si.

The 2.0-litre engine in the mid and top spec models sips 7.4L/100km for both manual and automatic and nails the 0-100km/h time in 8.5 seconds for the manual and 9 seconds flat for the automatic.

The hatch weighs roughly 20kg more than its sedan brother, coming in at 1308kg to 1339kg depending on variant (kerb weight).

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Compared to the previous generation Cerato hatch, the new car weighs 40-60kg less, with the boot size increased by over 100L, now to 657L. Build quality has also improved, with the use of higher tensile steel allowing torsional rigidity to increase by 37 percent.

The Kia Cerato hatch and sedan are expected to get a five-star safety rating when ANCAP releases the results next Monday.

CarAdvice is at the launch of the new Kia Cerato hatch on the Gold Coast, expect a full review in the next 24 hours.

MY14 Kia Cerato 5 door.

Kia Cerato S specifications:

  • • 1.8L Nu MPI engine (110kW / 178Nm)
  • • 6 speed M/T or A/T
  • • Tilt and telescopic MDPS steering with FlexSteer
  • • 16” steel wheels (205/55 R16) with full-size spare
  • • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with TCS/ABS/EBD/BA
  • • VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) with HAC and ESS
  • • Seatbelt reminders on all positions
  • • Front corner & rear parking sensors
  • • Rear spoiler with high-mounted rear stoplight
  • • Three child restraint anchorage points
  • • Front fog lamps
  • • 6 SRS airbags (front / front side / curtain)
  • • Keyless entry with folding key set
  • • Projection headlamps with escort function
  • • Cloth seats
  • • 6-way driver’s seat adjustment (height adjust – pumping device)
  • • Front centre console armrest (with storage box & bin) & front twin cup holders
  • • Split fold rear seats (60:40)
  • • Height adjustable headrests (all seats)
  • • Chrome family-look grille
  • • Body coloured bumpers, door handles & outside door mirrors
  • • Electric outside door mirrors (heated) with side indicators
  • • Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls
  • • Dot-matrix type LCD instrument cluster with multi-function trip computer
  • • Power windows (front & rear) with driver’s auto down
  • • Floor console storage with sliding cover
  • • MP3 compatible CD player with AM/FM tuner
  • • 6 speakers (front door, rear door & front tweeters)
  • • AUX/USB input with iPod® compatibility (on selected iPod® models)
  • • Bluetooth® functionality (phone/media stream)
  • • Steering wheel mounted audio/Bluetooth® controls
  • • Manual air-conditioning
  • • Under floor side tray in cargo area and luggage net hooks
  • • Luggage screen
  • • Roof-mounted antenna
  • • Chrome tip exhausts
  • • Multi-function trip computer

Kia Cerato Si (S trim +)

  • • 2.0L GDI engine
  • • 16” alloy wheels (205/55 R16) with full-size alloy spare
  • • Rear view camera with in-audio screen display & parking guidelines
  • • Dusk-sensing automatic headlamps
  • • Smart key with push button start & welcome lights (puddle/pocket)
  • • Electric folding outside door mirrors with automatic folding function
  • • Front centre console armrest sliding function
  • • Outside door handle pocket lamps
  • • Chrome accented highlights (waist-line & door handles)
  • • UV cut glass (windscreen)
  • • Aero-blade type front wipers
  • • Premium steering wheel & shift knob
  • • Artificial leather wrapped instrument cluster
  • • Front power windows auto up & down with safety function
  • • Premium interior trim
  • (carbon-fibre look fascia / chrome look interior door handles / soft-touch door trim)
  • • Sunvisor illumination
  • • Seat back pocket (passenger side)
  • • 4.3” full touch colour LCD audio screen
  • • Rear air vent

Kia Cerato SLi (Si trim +)

  • • 17” alloy wheels (215/45 R17) with full-size alloy spare
  • • Electrochromic rear view mirror (auto dimming)
  • • LED daytime running lights (DRL)
  • • HID type front headlamps
  • • Leather trim seats
  • • LED rear combination lamps
  • • 8-way power driver’s seat plus lumbar support
  • • IMS driver’s seat with 2 seating position memory & easy access function
  • • Powered sunroof (slide & tilt)
  • • Paddle shifters (A/T only)
  • • Colour TFT Supervision instrument cluster
  • • Alloy sports pedals
  • • Cooling glovebox
  • • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
  • • Clean Air module
  • • Auto defog system
  • • Ventilated driver’s seat
  • • Front seat warmers
  • • 7” full-touch colour LCD screen – Satellite Navigation multimedia system with traffic information (SUNATM) ($1,000 option)
  • • DVD Player (video playback only functional while stationary)

Engines

2.0-litre 129 kW

  • Type: Nu, GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC
  • Capacity: 1,999 cc (2.0-litres)
  • Bore x stroke: 81.0 x 97.0 mm
  • Power: 129 kW @ 6,500 rpm
  • Torque: 209 Nm @ 4,700 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Fuelling: Gasoline Direct Injection, 16 valves

1.8-litre 110 kW

  • Type: Nu, MPI, four-cylinder, DOHC
  • Capacity: 1,797 cc (1.8-litres)
  • Bore x stroke: 81.0 x 87.2 mm
  • Power: 110 kW @ 6,500 rpm
  • Torque: 178 Nm @ 4,700 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 10.3:1
  • Fuelling: Multi-point injection, 16 valves

 Kia Cerato hatch pricing:

  • Kia Cerato S – 6M/T $19,990 (driveaway)
  • Kia Cerato S – 6A/T $21,990 (driveaway)
  • Kia Cerato Si 6M/T $23,990
  • Kia Cerato Si 6A/T $25,990
  • Kia Cerato SLi 6M/T $27,990
  • Kia Cerato SLi 6A/T $29,990
  • Navigation is a $1,000 option, available on SLi only.