Updated small car on sale now, with a new look, upgraded interior and carry-over engines.
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  • 2021 Kia Cerato pricing and specification
  • 2.0-litre models to arrive first, followed by the GT in mid-June
  • Revised look and new tech for Kia's small car
  • Six-speed automatic retained for 2.0-litre models, but no more manual
  • Prices up $500 to $1000 (drive-away) across the range

Pricing and specifications for the 2021 Kia Cerato (Model Year 2022) have been confirmed, ahead of its Australian launch commencing in the coming days.


UPDATE, 11 June 2021: The entire Kia Cerato range is on sale now. Click here to read our full launch review.


Kia's updated small hatch and sedan – which brings revised exterior styling, new technologies, and the brand's new logo – will launch locally first in a choice of three 2.0-litre variants (S, Sport and Sport+), priced from $25,990 drive-away, with the first Cerato models to reach dealers in the coming days.

The flagship, sport-focused GT will reach dealers in mid-June – equipped with a sunroof for the first time – priced from $36,990 drive-away.

Above: Kia Cerato GT hatch.

While a selection of new safety technologies are available across the range, buyers of entry-level S and Sport variants still need to pay extra for advanced active safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, as part of a $1000 (before on-road costs) Safety Pack.

Prices have risen slightly for Model Year 2022, with increases of $500 to $1000 – though the price of entry has risen by $2500 (drive-away), thanks to the deletion of the previously-available manual transmission.

As per the outgoing range, prices of equivalent hatch and sedan models are identical.

Opening the range is the Cerato S, priced from $25,990 drive-away in standard form, or $27,490 drive-away with the Safety Pack equipped.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless and wired Android Auto, a 4.2-inch driver information display (new for 2021), manual air conditioning (though now with rear air vents), a six-speaker sound system, and a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat.

Above: Kia Cerato GT interior.

There's also front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines, halogen headlights, LED daytime-running lights, a folding key, and LED daytime-running lights.

Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, lane-following assist, driver attention monitoring, rear-seat alert, a speed limited, and manual cruise control.

Opting for the $1000 Safety Pack adds an upgraded AEB system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, power-folding mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, larger rear brake discs (for better stopping performance), and an electric parking brake.

Under the bonnet is a carry-over 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, sending 112kW and 192Nm to the front wheels through a conventional six-speed automatic transmission – rather than the CVT automatic fitted to the mechanically-similar Kia Seltos small SUV.

A six-speed manual is no longer available. Claimed fuel consumption is rated at 7.4L/100km on the combined cycle.

Above: Kia Cerato Sport+ sedan.

Stepping up to the Cerato Sport – priced from $27,990 or $29,490 drive-away, without or with the Safety Pack respectively – adds restyled 17-inch alloy wheels, a new-for-2021 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation (with live traffic), unique 'sport' cloth seat trim, DAB digital radio, and illuminated vanity mirrors.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector offered in the Safety Pack are standard on the Sport, though the rest of the optional package's contents remain available for an additional $1000 before on-road costs (or $1500 drive-away).

Sitting atop the 2.0-litre line-up is the Sport+, priced from $31,690 drive-away, as the contents of the Safety Pack (and more) are included as standard.

Additional features over the Sport include the upgraded AEB system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery, front seat heating, dual-zone climate control, and blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems capable of detecting and braking for obstacles, rather than just detection, as included in the Safety Pack.

There's also keyless entry, push-button start, an electric parking brake, auto defog system, 'aeroblade' windscreen wipers, an electro-chromic rear-view mirror, and larger rear brakes.

Above and below: Kia Cerato S sedan.

Due to reach showrooms in mid-June 2021, the flagship GT (priced from $35,290 before on-road costs) features a carry-over 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, sending 150kW and 265Nm to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission only.

Over the Sport+, the GT adds a sunroof for the first time, plus 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, multi-link independent rear suspension, LED headlights and tail-lights, red exterior accents, dual exhaust tips, front-seat ventilation, leather sports seats with red piping and contrast stitching, and a GT-branded steering wheel and gear selector.

The 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster available overseas won't be available in Australia.

The entire 2021 Kia Cerato hatch and sedan ranges are on sale now.

2022 Kia Cerato Australian pricing

  • Cerato S – $25,990 drive-away (or $25,490 before on-road costs)
  • Cerato S with Safety Pack – $27,490 drive-away ($26,490 before on-roads)
  • Cerato Sport – $27,990 drive-away ($27,590 before on-roads)
  • Cerato Sport with Safety Pack – $29,490 drive-away ($28,590 before on-roads)
  • Cerato Sport+ – $31,690 drive-away ($30,640 before on-roads)
  • Cerato GT – $35,290 before on-road costs ($36,990 drive-away)

2021 Kia Cerato S standard features:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Automatic halogen headlights with LED daytime-running lights
  • Halogen tail-lights
  • 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 4.2-inch digital instrument display
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Six-way manual driver's seat adjustment
  • Manual air conditioning (with rear air vents)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Keyless entry (but turn-key start)
  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Manual cruise control
  • Lane-following assist
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Driver attention alert
  • Rear occupant alert
  • High-beam assist

Above: Kia Cerato Sport. Below: Kia Cerato Sport+. Bottom of story: Kia Cerato GT.

The optional $1000 (before on-road costs) Safety Pack, available on the S and Sport, adds:

  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Electric parking brake
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • Enlarged 284mm rear brakes
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter (S only, as already standard on the Sport)

2021 Kia Cerato Sport adds (over Cerato S):

  • 17-inch alloy wheels (new design)
  • 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and DAB digital radio
  • Satellite navigation with live traffic, 10 years of map updates
  • 'Sport' patterned cloth seats
  • Leather steering wheel and shifter
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Auto up/down driver's window
  • Auto reverse wipers (hatch only)

2021 Kia Cerato Sport+ adds (over Cerato Sport):

  • Blind-spot monitoring (with braking support)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (with braking support)
  • Safe exit warning
  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Front seat heating
  • Smart sensor key
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Electro-chromatic rear-view mirror
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Electric parking brake
  • 284mm rear brake discs
  • Power boot lid (sedan only)
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Soft-touch dashboard material

2021 Kia Cerato GT adds (over Cerato Sport+):

  • 1.6-litre turbo engine and seven-speed DCT auto
  • Multi-link rear suspension with sports tune
  • 305mm ventilated front brake discs
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres
  • GT sports body kit with dual exhausts, black mirror caps
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation
  • Sports leather-appointed seat trim with red piping
  • Eight-speaker JBL Premium sound system
  • Flat-bottomed sports steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Alloy sports pedals