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Kia Cerato

The Kia Cerato is a front-wheel-drive compact car that has been produced since 2003 by the South Korean automaker.

A Brief History

The Kia Cerato’s history can be divided in three generations so far. The first one lasted between 2003 and 2008. The first Cerato is known as the Kia Sephia in Latin America and the Spectra in North America. It’s based on the Hyundai Elantra’s platform with Hyundai’s 4-cylinder Beta II engine under the bonnet. In 2006, the model was updated. It was powered by a new engine as well as got redesigned head- and taillights and boot lid.

The second generation of the Cerato was launched in 2008. Although the Cerato was substituted by the Kia Forte that year, in some countries such as Australia, Brazil, and Costa Rica, it continued to be sold under the Cerato name while in Singapore and Colombia, it’s known as the Cerato Forte.

The third generation of the Cerato, which began in 2013 and has been lasting till the present day, was introduced with a new Forte (the K3 for the Korean market) available as a sedan, coupe, and a 5-door hatchback.

The 2015 Kia Cerato: Dimensions & Weight

The Cerato is available in four modifications – the S, S Premium, Si, and SLi. Each of them comes in a sedan and hatchback guise. Curb weight is 1,287 kg for the S models and 1,304 kg for the S Premium ones. It’s the same for the Si and SLi – 1,319 kg.

You should know that size isn’t a parameter that will help you to make a decision if you aren’t sure what Cerato to choose. All of them are 4,560 mm in length, 1,780 mm in width, and 1,435 mm in height. The wheelbase is 2,700 mm; minimum ground clearance amounts to 140 mm.

Engine, Gearbox & Mileage

What will definitely help you to make up your mind is an engine type. The Si and SLi modifications are propelled by a more powerful engine than the S and S Premium. Cars of the latter trim levels have a 1.8-litre MPI petrol inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine built in. Its maximum power is 110 kW at 6,500 rpm while maximum torque figure equals to 178 Nm at 4,700 rpm. The engine displacement is 1,797 cc. A more powerful motor is a 2.0-litre GDI petrol inline 4-cylinder DOHC one, which capacity is 1,999 cc. Maximum power it produces is 129 kW at 6,500 rpm; maximum torque rate is 209 Nm at 4,700 rpm.

The Cerato S’ engine is teamed up with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Autos of all the rest trim levels offer a 6-speed automatic one as optional.

As ADR81/02 tests demonstrated, fuel consumption rates are the following (measured in L/100 km):

1. The Cerato S: 9.1 for urban driving, 5.2 for extra-urban driving (6.6 combined);

2. The Cerato S Premium: 10.0/5.4/7.1;

3. The Cerato Si and SLi: 10.4/5.7/7.4.

Safety & Other Features

The S Premium and Si Ceratos run on 16-inch alloy wheels. The S models are equipped with 16-inch steel ones while the SLi – with 17-inch alloy wheels. Spare wheel type depends on it.

Cruise control is a standard feature on all existing Cerato types that cannot be said about paddle shifters – it’s standard just on the SLi. Power windows, rear window defroster, 12-volt power outlets, centre console storage, glove box that can be illuminated and locked, CD player with AM/FM tuner, 6 speakers, Bluetooth, and steering wheel mounted Bluetooth/audio are available on any Cerato modification.

A 7-inch LCD touch-screen, DVD player, satellite navigation multimedia system with traffic information, dusk-sensing automatic headlights, rear-view camera, and some others are impossible to find on the Cerato S (they are installed on all the rest modifications, though). Dual-zone climate control, air defog system, and LED daytime running light come only with the top-of-the-line model, the SLi.

Among safety features which are standard on the Kia Cerato are three-point seatbelts for all passengers, front, side, and curtain airbags, ABS, hill-start assist control, electronic stability control, rear-parking sensors, fog lamps, anti-theft immobiliser, etc.

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