The Kia Cerato hatch and sedan range have been updated for 2016, falling into line with international updates that have been introduced around the world.
For Australia, the update brings refreshed styling, updated infotainment, revised Australian-specific ride and handling, and added safety kit while prices remain unchanged for all but the top-spec SLi.
Kia’s four-model range remains, with S, S Premium, Si and SLi models available in both five-door hatch, and four-door sedan, however as reported by TMR previously, the two-door Cerato Koup will no longer be offered.
Under the bonnet the the previous two-engine range has been replaced with a single 2.0 litre petrol engine with multi-point injection, taking over from the previous 1.8 MPI and 2.0 direct injected engines.
The new engine is rated at 112kW of power and 192Nm of torque, meaning a boost of 2kW and 14Nm for Cerato S and S Premium, but a drop of 17kW and 17Nm for Si and SLi.
Fuel consumption, for either manual or auto, is now rated at 7.1 l/100km, matching the previous 1.8 litre manual and offering slight improvements compared to the other outgoing engines.
Pricing for the Cerato S starts from $19,990 drive away, with either a six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic - an open-ended special offer price
The Cerato S comes standard with cruise control, power windows, remote central locking, six-speaker audio, multi-function trip computer, steering wheel audio controls, manual air conditioning, 16-inch steel wheels, cloth seat trim, and an alarm.
An infotainment upgrade is available as an option on automatic variants, adding in a 7.0-inch touchscreen, rear view camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, with dusk sensing headlights also included as part of the $500 upgrade.
Cerato S Premium adds the 7.0-inch touchscreen as standard, along with satellite navigation, extra soft-touch interior surfaces, premium steering wheel and gearknob, chrome interior door handles, leather-look instrument cluster surround, and 16-inch alloy wheels, priced from $24,990 drive away.
Moving up to the Cerato Si boosts safety equipment with blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert joining the already standard six-airbags, stability and traction control, and front seatbelt pretensioners.
Other Si extras include leather seat trim, rear seat ventilation, keyless entry and with push-button start, power folding mirrors, and additional chromework on the window surrounds and exterior door handles, priced from $28,990 drive away.
The range-topping SLi features 17-inch alloy wheels, sports pedals, HID headlights, heated front seats plus ventilated driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment, powered sunroof, steering wheel paddle shifters, and dual-zone climate control.
Safety equipment in the SLi is bolstered with the addition of lane departure warning, and forward collision warning, with SLi pricing starting from $32,490 drive away.
Once again, the Cerato features locally-tuned suspension, with revisions made to the damper valving, and stiffer front springs fitted, to improve the balance between ride comfort and handling.
Tweaks have also been made to the electric power steering hardware and software to refine weight and feel.
On the outside the updated Cerato wears revised styling, with new headlights, a redesigned ‘Shreyer grille’ and new front bumper, new wheel designs, and new tail light internals for the sedan.
S manual - $19,990 drive away
S automatic - $19,990 drive away introductory offer (regular price $22,290)
S Premium automatic - $24,990 drive away
Si automatic - $28,990 drive away
SLI automatic - $32,490 drive away