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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).


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)


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.


    Good luck at that price, for mine its a kia and should be $15K, and primo!

    • farknuckle

      Yep, way too pricey for a KIA, you’d go to 20k, but 30k would hammer you at resale.

      • Zaccy16

        the midspec si is the best value IMO because it has the better less torqueless 2.0 engine, the top range is too expensive as a focus sport or golf are better options for 30,000

      • Homer

        Yeah it’s waaay overpriced. Kia is geeting greedy, thinking people wil fork out that much money. For mid 20’s get a Focus, Peugeot etc. Bettre looking, more stylish, european flair. Hope KIA sales drops so it teaches them a lesson, a valuable lesson.

    • racrepus

      Sure, 15k if you’re a biased illogical badge snob maybe. Oh wait, that’s just what you are…


        Corolla coin, THEY ARE ON DRUGS!!

  • O123

    CA is Satnav now standard on the SLi? Wasnt it a $1000 option when it launched?

    I’m really liking the cerato, the LED rear lights are stunning.

  • Tangible

    Salesperson “Just draw a line on the center of grille.”
    Salesperson “Yes, thick line would be better and same as body colour.”
    Salesperson “Yes, vertical line.”
    Salesperson “Ta da~ looks like a BMW 3 series. Great isn’t it?”
    Salesperson “Your neighbor must be jealous of you don’t you agree? No?”
    Salesperson “We have plenty of stock right now. Don’t miss this great oppotunity.”
    Salesperson “OK, sign here and here in this paper…Hey, come back !!!”

    • genesis1

      oh you’re so funny, you should do something about australian tv shows

      • Tagible

        Sarcasm? Well not good one, try again.

  • aranciata-oz

    Come on guys, try and make this a useful discussion place for grown ups – drive it before you knock it? I did (the sedan) as my wife is in the market to replace her ageing Tiida. I was expecting not much after the last Cerato (tempting all round, big hatch boot, decent 6-spd auto, good space but just a tad plasticky), but to be honest this new model blew me away, with its spiff interior, reverse sensors, quiet supple ride and decent engine, even the base auto 1.8. I can see why the journos have been raving about it. My only disappointment with the base S model was the steel wheels (hate having hubcaps getting damaged or stolen), particularly as the base Pulsar has alloys (but cut price everywhere else compared to this Cerato, granted I only checked out the Pulsar not drive it). This hatch version is what I’ve been waiting for, and will be keeping a close eye on the S in the months ahead, hopefully some special edition with alloys, but one can only hope at such an early stage! The mid range Si is way too much of a price jump (almost $6k when d/a taken into account), when many other makes such as the super well equipped Corolla Ascent Sport is a tad cheaper (but smaller engine and questionable Hiace dashboard design – we hired the base Ascent for a day, impressed).

    So there, personally for me, a keen follower of auto news and especially real life reliability reputation of makes (of which modern Kia’s seem to be at the opposite spectrum to a certain German brand), I’d strike a deal with the Kia dealer tomorrow … if the S had alloys ….

    • O123

      The pulsar is rubbish, This cerato looks good, Id personally go for the Si if I could get it about 25 driveaway.

    • Guest

      Agreed! My wife was also looking at a new car so we test drove the Cerato Sedan and it is just a lovely car to drive and has heaps of power for a small car. Quality interior and lots of “stuff” make it a worthwhile buy. Before knocking something get some logical information of what it is you going to rubbish because you could be the one with egg on your face.

  • LowRezFez

    This is a good effort from Kia. It ticks most boxes, however, for me the styling is somehow unresolved for me and the pricing is over the odds. You may as well buy a Honda Civic, a little less kit, still much better value, and its a Honda.

    • 1genesis

      “and it’s a honda” hahaha we’ll see who’s laughing in “time”


        How’s the, S2000, VTEC, F1, and NSX going hyudaikia?

        hyudaikia compare to GreatWall Geely etc

        • kdk

          Maybe ask Honda the same thing?
          A honest answer would look something like this:

          – S2000 & NSX have been out of production for a long time due to poor sales and failure to met EU emissions regulations.
          – Vtec = not enough torque at low/mid range where most people actually drive.
          – The average motorist./consumer doesn’t give two hoots about F1.

          I don’t like Hyundai/Kia but they are doing a good job of providing products that average people actually want to buy.

          Look up the global sales figures if you don’t believe me – 7 million a year sold by Hyundai/Kia now, Honda only doing 3 million. Hyundai overtook Honda years ago. The Australian ratio is also similar.

  • my ize

    I see a bit of Lanos in the rear of that blue model.

    • $29896495

      nothing wrong in that

  • $29896495

    It is a really nice looking car.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, it looks good, much better than the dated i30 sister or old cerato, the interior looks abit dated though

      • Neil_Way

        Si and SLi spec interiors appear to be quite modern, certainly more so than the abstract Focus dash.


    The MIJ 2014 Mitsi Lancer is $16,490 drive away. Yep they have got to try harder or cut down the massive profiteering on a MIK product.


      That’s a BARGAIN, vastly-superior Japanese vehicle too boot

      • ba

        It is a bargain for the amount of metal you get, but the Lancer is not a superior car. It does poorly in many reviews/comparisons and quite a lot of the reliability surveys show Mitsubishi’s have more problems than Kia.

        • AUSDAVIDZ

          The Lancer was the LEAST expensive car to keep on the road over the last 15 years, not Toyota, not Honda, Mitsubishi Lancer

          • a

            Thats funny, NRMA does a ownership cost study every year and not once has the Lancer got anywhere near being the least expensive to run.
            Last year, they said it cost $143 a week to run which is well up on the Suzuki Alto which was $93 a week.

            Of course being cheaper doesn’t mean better anyway. Go read some reviews, Lancer is generally ranked at or near the bottom of the class.

          • AUSDAVIDZ

            Google LANCER MOST RELIABLE
            Game Over

  • Neil_Way

    Quality product deserves a decent price. $20K driveaway for the manual Cerato is still excellent value in anyone’s book really. Much better looking both inside and out to the Pulsar and Corolla too.


      No 7x airbags
      Not over 200Nm of torque
      WAY OVER THE ODDS, standby for specials

  • Arthur

    A bit disappointed since the US-Spec hatch gets a significantly different (imho sportier) front than the sedan.

  • Jaeger

    Where did you get the “657L” boot space figure from? The specs. on Kia’s website give the boot space as 385L VDA seats up – the same as the previous version.