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2019 Kia Cerato range review: Which to buy?

Time for another range review! If you've decided on the new Kia Cerato hatch as your next car, you might need a hand figuring out which model in the line-up is the one to get. We've put all four variants to the test here, to help you decide.

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2019 Kia Cerato GT review
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2019 Kia Cerato GT review

Reasonably fast, and brilliant through the bends, the Cerato GT is more than just a ‘warm hatch’.


2019 Kia Cerato hatch range review
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2019 Kia Cerato hatch range review

The Kia Cerato small hatchback and sedan family has been the driving force behind the company’s charge up the sales charts over the past few years – a time frame that has seen it overtake the likes of Nissan, Volkswagen and Honda. Much of the appeal has been an unbeatable value-for-money equation, led by a base model retailing for less than $20,000 drive-away, and backed by an unbeatable seven-year warranty and capped-price servicing...


2019 Kia Picanto GT review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2019 Kia Picanto GT review

The Picanto GT is meant to attract new buyers to the super popular city car, but it presents a conflicted offering.

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2019 Kia Cerato GT pricing and specs - UPDATE
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2019 Kia Cerato GT pricing and specs - UPDATE

Kia has announced pricing for its new Cerato GT sedan and hatch on its Australian website, set to start at $31,990 drive-away. UPDATE, 17/01/2019: This story has been updated with local imagery.  The new flagship model, powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, sits above the Sport Plus with 150kW and 265Nm, put to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission...


2019 Kia Picanto GT pricing and specs
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2019 Kia Picanto GT pricing and specs

Kia has revealed its new turbocharged Picanto GT will be priced from $17,990 drive-away, just $500 more than the existing GT-Line variant. That extra outlay brings a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine, making 74kW and 172Nm. That's up from the 62kW and 122Nm you get in the naturally-aspirated 1.25L engine in the regular Picanto...


2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium diesel review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium diesel review

Less common than they once were just a few years ago, compact diesel SUVs still have a place in Australia, and Kia stakes its claim with the updated Sportage diesel.


2020 Kia Telluride unveiled in full - UPDATED
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2020 Kia Telluride unveiled in full - UPDATED

UPDATE: Kevin Hepworth, head of communications for Kia Australia, has confirmed to CarAdvice the Telluride is a left-hand drive only vehicle, so it won't be coming Down Under any time soon. Although the new Kia Telluride was already (sort of) revealed in production form during 2018 New York Fashion Week, this is the first time we've seen the crossover without an assortment of off-road gear, like snorkels, roof hampers, external spare wheel carriers and ladders...


2019 Kia Cerato gets split ANCAP safety rating
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2019 Kia Cerato gets split ANCAP safety rating

ANCAP has awarded the 2019 Kia Cerato with a split four-/five-star safety rating in its latest round of testing, due to a difference in standard AEB systems depending on variant. Despite all trim levels featuring autonomous emergency braking as standard, the system fitted to the S and Sport grades is a camera-only setup that isn't designed to detect 'Vulnerable Road Users' like pedestrians and cyclists...


Kia to debut mood recognition technology at CES
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Kia to debut mood recognition technology at CES

Kia will demonstrate its mood detection technology at its stand at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving system, or READ for short, was co-developed with the Affective Computing group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab...


Hyundai unveils fingerprint unlocking, starting
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Hyundai unveils fingerprint unlocking, starting

Hyundai has revealed a new fingerprint authentication system, allowing drivers to unlock and start their car using smartphone-style technology. The system features two fingerprint sensors: one on the engine start/stop button, and one on the driver's side exterior door handle. Hyundai's system is capable of storing authentication details for two drivers, including three sets of fingerprints for each person...


2019 Kia Cerato hatch pricing and specs
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2019 Kia Cerato hatch pricing and specs

Kia Australia has confirmed pricing and specifications for the all-new 2019 Cerato hatchback shortly after it was spied on the streets of Sydney, which mirrors the sedan range launched earlier this year. Starting from $20,990 plus on-roads (or currently $19,990 drive-away), the Cerato hatch will be offered in the same S, Sport and Sport+ trims as the sedan from launch, with the turbocharged GT set to join the range next month...


2019 Kia Cerato hatch spied in Australia
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2019 Kia Cerato hatch spied in Australia

A keen-eyed CarAdvice reader has snapped the all-new Kia Cerato hatchback in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel this week, giving us a first look at the standard version of the brand's local top seller. UPDATE, 18/12/18: Kia Australia has confirmed pricing and specs for the Cerato hatch...


Albert Biermann appointed head of Hyundai R&D
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Albert Biermann appointed head of Hyundai R&D

Albert Biermann, former head of BMW M, has been appointed head of research and development at the Hyundai Motor Group. He replaces Yang Woong-chul, who, according to Reuters, will leave the company. Biermann joined Hyundai in 2015 as the company's head of vehicle testing and high performance cars...


Kia Stinger GT v Tesla Model S 75D drag race - video
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Kia Stinger GT v Tesla Model S 75D drag race - video

The Kia Stinger and Tesla Model S aren't what you would call 'natural rivals' despite both being pitched as large luxurious sports sedans. In a new video by the UK's Top Gear, the publication's deputy editor, Jack Rix, races the top of the line Stinger GT against the 'entry level' Model S 75D on the drag strip...


Hyundai to invest $9.3 billion in hydrogen fuel-cell development
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Hyundai to invest $9.3 billion in hydrogen fuel-cell development

The Hyundai Motor Group, along with its suppliers, plans on spending $7.6 trillion ($9.3 billion) on hydrogen fuel-cell development and production upgrades. As part of its FCEV Vision 2030, unveiled overnight, the company aims to build 700,000 fuel-cell systems per year by 2030...


Hyundai Kona EV, Kia e-Niro range downgraded
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Hyundai Kona EV, Kia e-Niro range downgraded

The long-range Hyundai Kona EV has had its range downgraded on the WLTP test cycle, after the company discovered its external test agency hadn't followed the correct test procedure. Kia last week downgraded the range of its e-Niro for the same reason. The re-rating means the 39kWh Kona is rated for 289km instead of 300km, while the 64kWh model is officially good for 449km rather than the 470km initially promised...


2019 Kia 'Ceed SUV' spied
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2019 Kia 'Ceed SUV' spied

Photographers have snapped images of a mystery Kia crossover prototype doing rounds in Europe, believed to be based on the Ceed hatchback. In terms of size, the new Kia SUV slots between the Rio-based Stonic and the larger Sportage, making it around the same size as the Hyundai Kona and Ford Focus Active...


2020 Kia Soul, Soul EV officially revealed
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2020 Kia Soul, Soul EV officially revealed

Kia has bared its third-generation Soul, with a more aggressive new face, a higher-tech interior and the introduction of an electric model packing a 64kWh battery. On the outside, the new Soul is 4196mm long, 1800mm wide and 1600mm tall. Those dimensions largely mirror those of its predecessor, with an extra 259mm between the wheels helping deliver a more planted look...


2019 Kia Soul spied camouflage free
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2019 Kia Soul spied camouflage free

The next-generation Kia Soul has been spotted on the streets of Mexico City ahead of its debut this week at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show. These photos were taken by Donovan Ivan Bernal, and published on the Facebook page of Auto Dinamico. Apart from a bit of tape on the D-pillar and on the Kia badges, these low resolution pictures give us our first unobstructed look at the exterior of the third-generation Soul...