Update: Kia Cerato Hatch Review.

It was all the way back in March that we saw spy photos of the new Kia Cerato Hatch but it wasn’t until today that the Korean company unveiled its latest Cerato variant at the Sydney Motorshow.

The Kia Cerato is an important model for the brand, given it has quickly become its best seller globally. Lat year it managed to find 304,295 owners and that was with just the 4-door and 2-door Koup variants. So far this year over 225,000 Ceratos have been sold and with the introduction of the 5-door Hatchback, it’s sure to beat 2009’s record and increase to 1.2 million units by 2012.

The latest Cerato is designed to appeal especially to those consumers with young families who prefer a 5-door hatchback for its style and enhanced practicality. The availability of this third body style for our small passenger segment category will enable Kia dealers to meet the needs of a broader range of customers. This derivative will boost total Cerato sales to an even higher level across all Australian states.” said Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Tony Barlow.

As with the Kia Sportage and the upcoming Optima, Kia Australia says it has worked extensively to tune the new Cerato for Australian conditions. That means unique setup of the model’s suspension for better ride and handling.

It makes use of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Theta II engine that outputs 115kW and 194Nm of torque. That leads to a 0-100km/h time of 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 190km/h.

Despite the overall change in shape, the Kia Cerato 5-door still measures the same as its sedan brother when it comes to  width, height and wheelbase. Nonetheless it has had its rear overhang shrank by a 190mm meaning it measures a little smaller than before (4,340 mm long). It has a cargo volume of 385 litres (VDA).

The new Kia Cerato 5-door will officially launch next week with CarAdvice invited to the local launch (check back Friday next week for a review).

In addition to the new body shape Kia will also add new styling elements as well as equipment and technical improvements (transmission changes, better fuel economy) to the 2011 Kia Cerato sedan and 2-door Koup variants starting from January next year.

Kia Cerato 5-Door Hatchback RRP list:

  • Si Manual $20,240
  • Si Automatic $22,240
  • SLi Manual $24,040
  • SLi Automatic $26,240

Kia Cerato Technical Specifications:

2011 Kia Cerato 5-door Hatchback

Body & Chassis

  • Five-door, five-seater hatchback with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Fitted with a transversely-mounted gasoline engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Petrol Engine

  • 2.0-litre / 114.7kW
  • Name Theta II (4-in-line)
  • Type DOHC, four-cylinder, with CVVT
  • Capacity 2.0-litres, 1998 cc
  • Max power 115 kW @ 6200 rpm
  • Max torque 194 Nm @ 4300 rpm


  • Six-Speed Manual
  • Six-Speed Automatic.

Suspension & Damping

  • Front Fully independent by MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
  • Rear Coupled torsion beam rear axle, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.


  • Type Electric (motor driven) power-assisted rack and pinion
  • Gearing 2.80 turns lock-to-lock / 2.68 (with 17-inch wheels)
  • Turning circle 10.32 metres / 10.78 metres (with 17-inch wheels)


  • Front 280 x 26 mm ventilated discs
  • Rear 262 x 10 mm solid discs
  • ABS 4-Channel anti-lock system with EBD
  • ESC Electronic Stability Control with TCS

Wheels & Tyres

  • Standard Steel 15 in x 6.5J 195/65 R15 tyres
  • SLi model Alloy 17 in x 7.0J 215/45 R17 tyres


  • Overall length 4340 Overall width 1775 (excl. door mirrors)
  • Overall height 1460 Wheelbase 2650
  • Front overhang 895 Rear overhang 795
  • Front track 1557 Rear track 1564

Interior Front Rear

  • Headroom 1015 975
  • Legroom 1100 890
  • Shoulder room 1415 1390
  • Hip room 1345 1355


  • 2.0 MT 2.0 AT
  • Fuel tank (litres) 52.0 52.0
  • Luggage (SAE) 415 litres (all seats upright)

Weights (kg)

  • Curb weight (min.) 1302 1328
  • Gross weight 1760 1780


  • Top speed / kph 190 190
  • 0-to-100 kph / sec 9.1 9.8

Fuel Economy (litres/100 km)*

  • Overall 7.5 7.7
  • CO2 g/km 179 183


  • milobob

    from the rear it looks a bit like the lancer sportback and impreza mashed together…

  • Kaminari

    Yes…a 6 speed version now!! I have got a 2010 Cerato and it was a very nice car already…..I am going to test drive this hot hatch and decide what to do with my current Cerato :)

  • Dear

    Nice!!! Much better exterior than a corolla.

  • Dear

    by the way, is the new KIA Optima there :( ?

    • Jabba the Hutt

      Optima will be officially launched at the Australian open in January. I think Ford made a big mistake withdrawing their sponsorship of that event.

      • Jabba the Hutt

        …and the car is at the motor show. They just haven’t put it on here…yet!

  • Shak

    Any chance KIA might get jealous and import the Cee’d to compete with this. Judging by the current trend, it should be both better looking, cheaper and perform better than its Hyundai equivalent.

    • StarGhazzer

      The Ceed is an older car compared to the Cerato hatch. It’s very unlikely that Kia would want to do that.

      6 speed gearbox is a sweet addition compared to the old outdated 4 speed version. And this time the gearknob tilts towards the correct direction (to the driver) for shiftronic.

      Great job Kia.
      Now bring in the Optima ASAP.

  • Stoney!

    Be nice if the skanks weren’t in the way so we could actually see the side profile of the new part of the car….


  • Martin

    Is it just me or have some of the interior plastics improved as well?

    • gt6

      Sat in one at AIMS, this should be a winner. Sit up and take notice Toyota!! and watch out Mazda if they get the handling on par with the 3.

  • Rob

    I really do like the look of this Kia Cerato, in Sedan or Hatch form, … in their price bracket they would have to be the best looking car out there .. also taking into account the unbeatable Kia warranty, they really do make for a very tempting package.

  • Tony

    word is they fixed the clutch too

    the six speed manual sounds like a decent quasi hot-ish hatch

  • David

    Very nice! Now 6 speed to shoosh the critics and myself, whats there to whinge about? Gr8 looking car and up to date!

  • Tim

    I have just purchased the SLi 6 Speed Auto Hatch and its great.

    If you have an iPod or iPhone you will need to purchase the Kia iPod Cable (about $70) and with the iPhone, when you connect it, the phone reports that it is not fully compatible but it does play the music without issue and fully controlled through the head unit.

    The phone system is fairly basic, in that it doesnt have a setting for Auto Answer, and you cant select from the phones phone book to make a call. However it must read the phone book as when you receive a call it will display the caller (on the head unit) if the number is in your contacts list. Also I have been told that their is little or no echo while talking on the phone.

    Another feature I like is that while in cruise control, if you are approaching a hill, if you shift from Drive to semi auto, the cruise control will not disenage and you can then drop down a gear or two, which will allow you to maintain your speed up the hill.

    The build quality is excellent and for the price and the features you get, its great value.