The Kia Cerato is the brand's largest hatchback and is one of Australia's most popular cars. It is also available as a small sedan.
Having debuted in 2003, and since becoming known as the Kia Forte in many other markets, the Cerato entered its fourth model generation in 2018.
With pricing for the Kia Cerato range starting from just above $20,000 for the Cerato S variant, prices climb to almost the mid-$30,000s for the more performance-focused Cerato GTwhich has a more powerful engine than the rest of the range.
While its entry level pricing undercuts similarly sized offerings in the Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus, Kia still provides extra value in its 7-year warranty. The Kia Cerato isn't aiming to be a direct alternative to premium offerings like the Volkswagen Golf, but it offers many of the basics shoppers might ask for.
A new generation of the Kia Cerato was launched in 2019, so it will be several years until another new generation arrives, but expect mid-life update or two for the current version until then.
Is the Kia Cerato a reliable car?
While it's difficult to predict the long-term reliability of a new car that's not had a long history for its current version, Kia has a generally good record for reliability, and its 7-year warranty means owners have peace of mind with most issues if anything does go wrong.
What type of fuel does the Kia Cerato use?
Every Kia Cerato uses a petrol engine, with the majority of the range running on a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four cylinder engine. It's best to use the highest grade of unleaded petrol available, especially if filling a Kia Cerato GT, which has a more powerful turbocharged 1.6-litre four cylinder engine. 98RON is recommended.
How much can you fit in a Kia Cerato?
The Kia Cerato hatchback boasts a class-leading 428 litres of boot space with the rear seats up, becoming 741 litres with the seats flat. It's more than big enough to fit an unwieldy bicycle, or relatively large furniture.