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The facelifted third-generation 2017 Kia Cerato hatch and sedan line-up has launched in Australia this week, complete with a fresh look, more standard equipment and the addition of active safety features on upper-spec variants.

For the 2017 model year, the Cerato retains its four-strong model range, consisting of S, S Premium, Si and SLi variants, in both hatch and sedan body styles.

Starting at $19,990 drive away for the base Cerato S manual, the 2017 range tops out at $32,490 drive away for the top-spec SLi automatic.

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Differing from its predecessor which offered the choice of two powerplants, the whole 2017-year range is now powered by one engine, a Euro IV-compliant 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine producing 112kW of power (at 6,200rpm) and 192Nm of torque (at 4,000rpm).

A similar powerplant is fitted to front-wheel drive Sportage variants, however, the SUV’s version produces an extra 2kW over the Cerato’s unit.

Fuel consumption is slightly down from its predecessor, with both the manual- and automatic-equipped powertrains claiming 7.1L per 100km. This is down on both the previous 1.8-litre (7.3L-7.7L/100km) and 2.0-litre (7.5L/100km) engines.

The base S variant come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the S Premium and up are all standard with the six-speed auto. All Ceratos are front-wheel drive.

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2017 Kia Cerato S rear 3/4.
Above: Kia Cerato S hatch

Standard on the base S specification are cloth-trimmed seats, 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster, keyless entry, bluetooth phone and audio streaming, six-speaker sound system, manual air-conditioning, front- and rear-parking sensors, fog lights, 16-inch steel wheels, along with six airbags.

Optional on the Cerato S is a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes bundled with automatic headlamps for $500.

The upgrade to a 7.0-inch display adds Android Auto. On the other side of the mobile device fence, Apple CarPlay is on the way, and the upgrade can be added later free-of-charge at Kia dealers.

Stepping up to the S Premium variant adds 16-inch alloy wheels with a full-size alloy spare wheel (a rarity these days), dusk-sensing headlights, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard, with satellite navigation and reversing camera. There’s also soft-touch materials towards the front of the cabin.

The Cerato Si includes blind spot monitoring and lane change assistance, rear cross traffic alert, push-button start, leather seat upholstery, exterior chrome highlights and folding mirrors,

2017 Kia Cerato Si sedan profile.
Above: Kia Cerato Si sedan

Standard equipment on the flagship SLi variant includes larger 17-inch alloy wheels with a full-size alloy spare, alloy sports pedals, paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, LED daytime-running lights (DRLs), eight-way electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated driver’s seat and heated passenger’s seat, HID headlamps, along with new active safety systems; lane departure warning and forward collision warning.

Across the range, Kia has introduced new materials throughout the interior, to “create a more premium ambience”. The new trims have been added to the dashboard and doors, as well as the central fascia and console.

All models also come standard with ABS, electronic stability control, hill assist, vehicle stability management and an emergency stop signal.

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Above: Kia Cerato SLi hatch

Cerato models equipped with the six-speed automatic also gain the Drive Mode Select system already seen in other Kia and Hyundai models, featuring three steering modes; Normal, Eco and Sport.

As with the rest of Kia’s Australian range, the new Cerato will be sold with the company’s seven-year warranty, and seven years of capped-price servicing.

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MY2017 Kia Cerato pricing and specifications:

Kia Cerato S (from $19,990 drive away)

  • 2.0-litre MPI petrol engine (112kW/192Nm)
  • 6-speed manual (6-speed automatic optional)
  • 16-inch steel wheels (205/55 R16)
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Six airbags
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • 3.5-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • MP3-compatible audio system with CD player and USB input
  • Multi-function steering wheel with audio, phone and cruise controls
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Front fog lights
  • Keyless entry
  • Cloth trim
  • 60/40 split rear seat
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • 12 volt power outlets x2
  • Sunglasses holder

Kia Cerato S Premium specifications (from $24,990 drive away)

S trim plus:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels (205/55 R16) with full size alloy spare
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Satellite navigation
  • Reversing camera
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlamps
  • Soft-touch interior materials
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Premium steering wheel and shift knob
  • Artificial leather-wrapped instrument cluster

Kia Cerato Si specifications ($28,990 drive away)

S Premium trim plus:

  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear air vents
  • Auto up/down front windows
  • Push button start
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Chrome accented exterior door handles and window surrounds
  • Aeroblade windscreen wipers
  • Blind spot detection
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear cross traffic alert

Kia Cerato SLi specifications ($32,490 drive away)

Si trim plus:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels (215/45 R17) with full size alloy spare wheel
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • LED daytime-running lights (DRLs)
  • 8-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated driver’s seat
  • Heated passenger seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • HID headlamps
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning

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