2013 Kia Cerato On Sale In Australia

TMR Team | Apr 8, 2013

The 2013 Cerato sedan is now on sale in Australia, making it the first all-new Kia to hit these shores since the popular light Rio's arrival in 2011.

The sedan will be joined in the coming months by the new five-door hatch, followed by the recently revealed Cerato Koup. If that isn't enough, buyers will also have the premium Pro_Cee'd GT turbo hatch to consider in 2014.

The new Cerato continues the evolution of Kia's styling themes, drawing design elements from the Rio, along with the Cee'd and the overseas Quoris. The new Rondo, due here in next month, follows the same formula.

In Australia, the new Cerato range is priced from $19,990 for the manual entry S variant, topping out at $29,990 for the top-shelf SLi auto.

The new small car is larger than its predecessor, measuring 30mm longer at 4560mm and riding on a 51mm longer 2700mm wheelbase.

The 2013 model is 5mm wider at 1780mm, and 14mm lower at 1435mm, lending the sedan a more sporting look.

Practicality remains a focus however, with boot capacity now up to 421 litres (up six litres).

Ensuring greater legroom in the cabin, the stretched wheelbase is 50mm longer than the new Hyundai i30 hatch, and just 50mm short of the new Rondo wagon.

In fact, the new Cerato's wheelbase equals that of the mostly-new 2013 Sorento SUV (which features a new platform underneath, but updated styling on top).

Kia says it has improved Interior comfort further thanks to a lower floor and seat position, along with wider front seat cushions with increased thigh support.

“We are raising our game once again with the all-new Cerato, which adds emotional appeal to its established core values of design, quality and value,” Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer, Tony Barlow said at today's launch.

"Second generation Cerato finished 2012 as one of the best, major manufacturer performers in its segment in terms of year to date sales, with close to 40% growth compared to 2011.”

Mechanical Package

Two petrol engine options will power the new Cerato range in Australia, opening with the 1.8 litre Nu MPI and topping out with the 2.0 Nu GDI.

Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available across the 2013 range.

1.8 four-cylinder Nu

Power for the 1.8 litre engine is rated at 110kW and 178Nm of torque.

Fuel consumption is listed at 6.6 l/100km with the manual and 7.1 l/10km for the auto, and Kia promises 0-100km/h times of 9.3 and 10.2 seconds respectively.

2.0 litre four-cylinder Nu

In 2.0 litre form, power is rated at 129kW and 209Nm, available in both Si and SLi form.

Fuel use for the 2.0 engine is rated at 7.4 l/100km with either transmission, and 0-100km/h times are listed at 8.5 seconds with the manual and 9.0 with the auto.

Kia says it has worked to offer a vastly improved driving experience in the new Cerato, with a stiffer bodyshell and new vibration damping front subframe mountings significantly lowering cabin noise and increasing comfort.

Suspension is by MacPherson struts up front and a coupled-torsion beam arrangement at the rear, and Kia says it has delivered improved agility and enhanced shock absorbance with the new model.

As with all of Kia's latest models, the new Cerato has undergone an extensive local handling program, conducted by Kia Australia's engineering team.

Features & Dimensions

The new Cerato is larger than its predecessor, measuring 30mm longer at 4560mm and riding on a 51mm longer 2700mm wheelbase.

The 2013 model is 5mm wider at 1780mm, and 14mm lower at 1435mm, lending the sedan a more sporting look. Practicality remains a focus however, with boot capacity now up to 421 litres (up six litres).

Ensuring greater legroom in the cabin, the stretched wheelbase is 50mm longer than the new Hyundai i30 hatch, and just 50mm short of the new Rondo wagon.

In fact, the new Cerato's wheelbase equals that of the mostly-new 2013 Sorento SUV (which features a new platform underneath, but updated styling on top).

Kia says it has improved Interior comfort further thanks to a lower floor and seat position, along with wider front seat cushions with increased thigh support.

A lower cabin floor and dropped hip points (by 26 mm front and 20 mm rear), has translated to increased front headroom and legroom, while shoulder room is improved by 9 mm (front) and 5 mm (rear).

The new Cerato will be offered in the familiar Kia trim grades, opening with the S, through to the mid-range Si and the top-shelf SLi.

Cerato S

Powered by the 1.8 engine and available with both manual and auto transmissions, standard equipment for the entry-level Cerato S includes:

  • 16-inch steel wheels (205/55 R16) with full-size spare
  • Six SRS airbags (front / front side / curtain)
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with TCS/ABS/EBD/BA, VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) with HAC
  • ESS (Emergency Stop Signal)
  • Front corner & rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminders on all positions
  • Motor Driven Power Steering with FlexSteerTM (three settings: Comfort/Normal/Sport)
  • Projection headlamps with escort function, front fog lamps
  • Keyless entry with folding key set
  • Cloth seats, six-way driver’s seat adjustment
  • Front centre console armrest (with storage box & bin) & front twin cup holders
  • Split fold rear seats (60:40), rear centre armrest with twin cup holders
  • Body coloured bumpers, door handles & outside door mirrors
  • Electric outside door mirrors (heated) with side indicators
  • Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls
  • LCD instrument cluster with multi-function trip computer
  • Power windows (front & rear) with driver’s auto down
  • Floor console storage with sliding cover
  • MP3 compatible CD player with AM/FM tuner, AUX/USB input with iPod compatibility
  • Bluetooth functionality (phone/media stream)
  • six speakers (front door, rear door & front tweeters)
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/Bluetooth controls
  • Glass antenna
  • Manual air-conditioning

Cerato Si

The mid-level Cerato Si is powered by the 2.0 litre engine, and is also available with manual and auto options. Features built on the S model with the following additions/changes:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels (205/55 R16) with full-size alloy spare
  • Rear-view camera with in-audio screen display & parking guidelines
  • Dusk-sensing automatic headlamps
  • Smart key with push button start & welcome lights (puddle/pocket)
  • Electric folding outside door mirrors with automatic folding function
  • Front centre console armrest sliding function
  • Chrome accented highlights (waist-line & door handles), chrome tip rear muffler
  • UV cut glass (windscreen), aero-blade type front wipers
  • 'Premium' steering wheel & shift knob, Premium interior trim
  • Artificial leather wrapped instrument cluster
  • Front power windows auto up & down with safety function
  • (carbon-fibre look fascia / chrome look interior door handles / soft-touch door trim)
  • Sunvisor illumination
  • Seat back pocket (passenger side)
  • 4.3” full touch colour LCD audio screen
  • Rear air vent

Cerato SLi

The Cerato SLi is also driven by the 2.0 litre engine and can be had with six-speed manual and auto transmissions.

  • 17-inch alloy wheels (215/45 R17) with full-size alloy spare
  • Electrochromic rear view mirror (auto dimming)
  • LED daytime running lights (DRL), HID type front headlamps, LED rear combination lamps
  • Leather trim seats, eight-way power driver’s seat plus lumbar support
  • IMS driver’s seat with two seating position memory & easy access function
  • Powered sunroof (slide & tilt)
  • Paddle shifters (A/T only), alloy sports pedals
  • Colour TFT Supervision instrument cluster
  • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, cooling glovebox
  • Clean Air module, auto defog system, ventilated driver’s seat, front seat warmers

OPTIONS: An optional satellite navigation pack is available, priced at $1000 and offering a seven-inch colour LCD display, SUNA traffic information, DVD playback and a 'shark fin type' GPS antenna.

The sat nav pack is available from April production only, meaning stock already in the country can not be purchased with this option.

Pricing (excludes on-road costs)

  • S - 1.8 petrol - manual - $19,990
  • S - 1.8 petrol - auto - $21,990
  • Si - 2.0 petrol - manual - $23,990
  • Si - 2.0 petrol - auto - $25,990
  • Sli - 2.0 petrol - manual - $27,990
  • Sli - 2.0 petrol - auto - $29,990

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  • pro-logic says,
    2 years ago
    When is the road test review biggrin
  • cyclone says,
    2 years ago
    Quite nice. But why can't they get the finer details sorted. Like the different coloured screens on the dash, the orange clock, the blue radio, then the orange air con. Also, why can't they design a car with the knowledge of a number plate being added. On one if those cars it is even covering the lower part of the grille. Nice. Not
  • cyclone says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Oh. And WAY too expensive. $26k for mid spec auto, not on the road. Yeah right
    • barra240t says,
      2 years ago
      Oh so you buy a car at what the sticker says? Like everyone does these days....NOT!
  • mel says,
    2 years ago
    Promising start
  • FrugalOne says,
    2 years ago
    Korean cars are now more expensive than Japanese, what sort of drugs are they on? laugh
    • MotorMouth says,
      2 years ago
      It has less to do with medication than with exchange rates. The Yen has been artificially deflated by the Japanese government to boost exports, which makes Japanese cars artificially cheaper than they should really be. That's part of why Holden is having so much trouble selling Cruze at the moment.
    • Balthazaaaaaaaargh says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      I think it's called "the world understands progress, but some people struggle to get their head around the idea."
    • Tarquin Hair Artiste says,
      2 years ago
      The Koreans have their hand on it.
  • Dave says,
    2 years ago
    I cant wait to take it for a test drive.
    Have been driving Kias for about 6 years now and cant rave about them enough.
  • clay says,
    1 year ago
    Own abrand new 2012 kia ceratto and its leakin. Frist from the front now2 months after the left rear. What else!!
    • CAZZO says,
      1 year ago
      Own abrand new 2012 kia ceratto and its leakin. Frist from the front now2 months after the left rear. What else!!


      From where?sad

      Japanese cars don't leak! smile

  • Kia owner says,
    1 year ago
    Thinking of getting a new Kia Cerato. Had a Spectre then a Mentor then a Cerato and just love them. Wouldn't go to any other car - they have been the best.
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