Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with an updated report and my review of the Kia Cerato Sport Hatch.

Kia Cerato Sport

Kia Cerato holds its age well. Still a brilliantly styled hatch

When I review a vehicle for The Car Guy website, I do so from a buyers perspective rather than just concentrate on speed, steering ability and things like that. After over 40 years in the car business, since 1978 in fact, my review is based on a sales process called the ‘road to the sale’.

Professional and experienced salespeople will present a car in terms of its features and then those that are beneficial to the customer. No point in an in-depth discussion about the torque for a particular car if it isn’t relevant to the consumer. So with that said, here’s my presentation on the Kia Cerato Sport Hatch.

Kia Cerato is due to be updated in a few months, so it’s appropriate to provide my comments on this run-out version. On runout, pricing of the Cerato S model with automatic transmission starts at $19990 drive away whilst the model tested, the Sport, is $22490 drive away, again with automatic included.

What is it: The Kia Cerato Sport is a small passenger vehicle. Available currently in 4 versions – Cerato S, Cerato S with AV, Sport and Sport plus.

Competition: Ford Focus, Holden Astra, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Renault Megane, Skoda Rapid, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Golf.

Base Price: The published retail price on the Kia Cerato Sport Hatch is $24,790. With dealer delivery and on-road costs, I’d expect that number to be around $29,344. So this runout model is exceptionally priced at $22,490 drive away.  Kia operates in, along with other brands, a very competitive market with the Cerato and like vehicles.

Someone’s always on sale – you can buy a Toyota Corolla Ascent hatch in automatic for about $23900 drive away, Hyundai i30 is priced at about Kia Cerato pricing and of course there is Mitsubishi Lancer, Holden Astra, with some of the other European’s all at about the same price.

If you want to buy cheaper than $20k you’ll be looking at some of the Chinese offerings. But, in my opinion, I’d stay away from them. As far as quality and reliability is concerned, they’re just not on the mark yet.

One of Kia’s substantial differences to all competitors is their 7-year warranty with unlimited kilometres, 7-year roadside assistance and 7-year capped price service plan.

Honda, Mitsubishi, Renault and now Ford give a 5 -year warranty but the others, Holden, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen are still at 3-years.

The competition is falling in the small sedan and hatch market. Where, once upon a time, manufacturers poured huge resources into this segment, the rise of the light and small SUV has put paid to early development.

Kia and it’s sister company have bucked this trend, paying good regard to their products. Ford in the USA have even suggested that they won’t build sedans in the near future.

Is this a case of a manufacturer dictating to the customer? So good on you Kia – keep building cars like the Cerato and the buying public will support you.


At the Front

The chief designer from Kia, Peter Schreyer has been afforded the naming rights to the Kia grille design, hence the Schreyer grille. Throughout the Kia range, there’s really nothing to dislike about the front end design. HID headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard in this model. The front end design doesn’t seem to date and that’s very important not only for look and feel but resale value as well

The Kia Cerato Sport comes with a standard 6-speed sports automatic transmission as tested.  If you’d prefer a 6-speed manual, it’s back to the base S for you.

Down the Side

Kia Cerato SportIn this part of my review, I always provide the safety and convenience features of the car. These items are comprehensive, but if you want to know everything including weights, capacities and lot’s more here’s a link to the specification page of the Kia Cerato Sport Kia’s website – Kia Cerato Hatch.

  • ABS Brakes
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Front Parking Sensors
  • Reverse Park Sensors
  • Rear View Camera
  • Dusk Sensing Headlights
  • Front & Rear Fog Lights
  • 7 SRS Air Bags
  • Anti Theft Immobilizer
  • Remote Central Locking
  • Heated Exterior Door Mirrors
  • Cruise Control
  • 7″ Colour Infotainment Display



The Rear End

The Kia Cerato is blessed with a low load height which means it’s easy to pop in the groceries, golf clubs and prams without much trouble. Of course, the rear seat can fold or you can choose to drop just one side for the awkward DIY goods or a mad day at the nursery or market

Kia Cerato Sport Hatch

Cargo capacity with 2nd row upright, 385 litres

Cargo capacity with 2nd row folded, 657 litres

Fuel tank capacity is 50 litres so you can expect to not have to fill the tank weekly, but probably every 10 days or so.

And another good aspect of the Kia Cerato Sport is that it sips 91 Octane (unleaded) fuel




Drivers Side and Driver’s Seat

If you’re looking for a large small car with enough comfort for the rear seat passengers, and a great driving position, Kia Cerato Sport is a good choice. Apart from the ‘lots of grey’ interior, the technology is probably more than you’d expect from a car priced at this level. Standard navigation which works very well also has speed zone warnings. Chimes or Chirps instead of the spoken word works well

Kia Cerato Sport Hatch


On the Road

Frankly, I think that the Kia Cerato Sport is a well accomplished small hatch.  And I’m not surprised that it continues to rate so well in the annual awards. I typically travel from Redcliffe to Peachester when I’m road testing cars, and the Cerato did the job easily. Highway driving is quiet and comfortable but it also handles the climb up the range behind Beerway with no fuss at all.

The Kia Cerato’s suspension absorbs any minor blemishes on the highway and does even better than I expected on my B Grade road from Peachester to Maleny. For this particular trip, I had my self and 3 other adults along for the ride. No complaints about rear seat legroom or headroom, no suggestions that the suspension made life uncomfortable either.

If I was in the market for a small hatchback, the Kia Cerato Sport would find a spot in my garage. Over the last 2 weeks, a couple of customers have bought Kia Cerato Sports based on my recommendations and have been thoroughly satisfied with their ownership experience to date.

Infinti Q50 Red Sport





Green Vehicle Guide

The Federal Government’s Green Vehicle Guide website uses politically correct terminology to determine fuel economy. Urban, extra urban and combined. I’ll call it the way it is – City and suburbs, Highway and still use their definition of combined.

You might recall that these tests are conducted in a laboratory to Australian Standards so don’t expect to achieve City and Suburb results the same as these. In my experience, I’ve found that the highway test is closest to the actual economy you’ll get, but the city results can be undercooked by as much as 20%. Hopefully, real-world tests and results will be provided this year.

City Cycle                              10.0 litres per 100klm

Highway Cycle                     5.6 litres per 100klm

Combined                             7.2 litres per 100klm

Air Pollution Standard      Euro 5

Tailpipe CO2                        168 grams per kilometre

The Kia Cerato has a fuel tank capacity of 50 litres so should be able to handle a 7 day week on 1 fill. And as importantly, it uses 91 octane fuel (unleaded) but can also handle E10.








Kia Cerato Sport

ANCAP Safety report for the current model Kia Cerato

These ANCAP safety tests were conducted in 2014, years before the new standards were introduced in 2018. I’m not comfortable in saying that if tested under the new regime, this current model Cerato would still achieve 5 stars.


However, I’m very confident in saying that the new model, due for release soon will achieve that 5-star rating.I’ve stated before in these articles, that there really isn’t a bad car being sold in Australia.

That being said, if the vehicle you’re looking at doesn’t have a 5-star ANCAP rating, move on to something else.


If you’d like to download the complete technical report, click on this link ANCAP – Kia Cerato  and then burrow further into the report by clicking on the “Technical Report” on the bottom LHS of the first page











Warranty and Service

I’ve spoken highly of Kia’s commitment to their customers previously, so this time I’ve taken direct quotes from the Kia website. It really does tell the story well.

Kia Cerato Sport

Voted as Australia’s Best Small Car in 2017, Kia Cerato continues to impress

“Your brand-new Kia comes with the assurance of Australia’s First 7 Year Unlimited Kilometre Warranty*, unlike offerings from other car brands which cease to operate after you hit a certain mileage.

We knew we had to go the extra mile because a longer warranty is a better warranty. It’s easy for us to back up our vehicles with the best warranty in the industry. After all, they are built not only to perform but to last.

At Kia, we’re always looking for ways to give you even more assurance. So not only do you know the maximum cost of your vehicle’s next scheduled service upfront, but we’ve also extended our capped-price offering to 7 years.

It means no unexpected surprises once the work has been done on your Kia. It also means you can take your car to any Authorised Kia Dealer in Australia and get the same deal.”

Under the Kia Capped Price Service regime, you can expect to pay a total of $2479 for 7 services at an average of $354 per service. All the more reason to keep your new Kia service history all Kia. You will certainly enjoy a better resale value if your car has been serviced by a Kia dealer than an aftermarket service workshop.



You’re buying a small car so don’t expect to tow anything substantial with the Cerato. It has a braked towing capacity of 1100 kilograms and 610kg unbraked. Towball download weight of 75kg restricts loads to a small trailer for the rubbish tip or a light tinnie for local fishing.


I generally use RACQ Insurance to give you a guide as to what you’ll pay for your annual comprehensive car insurance. Conditions precedent for this cover are:

  • I’m a male driver over 60 years of age, having held a license for over 10 years
  • Bronze member of RACQ with 2 other insurance policies
  • Has paid cash for the car for private use with the car parked in a garage overnight.
  • The driver resides in postcode 4019
  • The car is fitted with an engine immobilizer
  • 1 at fault claim in the last 3 years, with no license suspensions
  • Rating 1 currently having held that rating 1 for 10 years
  • No driver under 25 will use the vehicle.

The premium quoted online by RACQ Insurance is:        Private Use – No Finance:  $384.86 with a $750 excess      

Variations from the information above may result in different outcomes. Check online with RACQ Insurance for your own particular quote.

My Opinion

What I Like        

Good sized hatch.

Handles well

Easy to park

What I Don’t Like

Lack of Emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, but I expect that to be solved in the new model update

Where to Buy – Dealers

Vehicle provided by Kia Australia. If you’re in the market to buy a Kia Cerato or any other Kia model for that matter, pick your dealer carefully. When I want to check out the ‘worthiness’ of a dealer, I Google ‘Kia Dealer Brisbane ” where the city is the one that you live in or around and the brand is that particular one you’re interested in.

I only list dealers who have achieved a minimum of 5 reviews with Google and then only those with 4 stars or higher.

From a South East Queensland perspective here’s the dealers I’d visit:

Northside                         Brendale Kia                                4.8 Stars

Eastside                            Keema Bayside Kia                     4.7 Stars

Southside                         Motorama hillcrest Kia              4.6 Stars

Westside                          Motorama Kia Moorooka           4.7 Stars

Sunshine Coast              Cricks Noosa Kia                          4.8 Stars

Gold Coast                      von Bibra Robina Kia                   4.7 Stars

And another comment I’d like to make in this section is that Kia and it’s dealers have done a stellar job in looking after their customers. No other brand that I write about has such a high Google Star rating with a commensurate volume of reviews. Congratulations!

Bob AldonsBob Aldons is the owner and founder of The Car Guy, reviewing cars, reporting on Car Industry Matters, Car Tech and the world at large. He’s spent the last forty years immersed in the automotive industry from salesman to the owner of a 7 brand multi-franchise dealership. Bob knows cars.

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In Closing

My reviews aren’t based on power performance or high-speed handling capacity. They’re not based on 0-100 Kim/hr of 4.0 seconds. And they’re certainly not super luxury vehicles that many other “old timers” are feted on by the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin

Back when I started in the motor industry salespeople were schooled and skilled in a process called the road to the sale. Part of that process was a presentation of the car that the customer was ultimately considering,

The six position sell showed the features, advantages, and benefits as it related to that specific car in the eyes and thought process of that particular customer

Those days of a true car sales professional seem to have gone.

Nowadays it seems that all salespeople want to do is accept that the customer knows everything about the car they’re interested in, want to crunch the customer as quickly as possible and get the next sale

In my opinion, this is one of the reasons that there’s such a high turnover in salespeople in this industry of ours.

Now I think that I’m a car industry expert, not because I sell lots of cars, but, as I was taught over 40yeras ago, time sells motor cars.

The more time you spend with a customer, the more information you provide them and the more you’re there for them Even AFTER they take delivery of their new car, the more repeat and referral business you’ll get.

Typically second and subsequent sales only provide 10% of a car salespersons business. Referral business, where an existing customer refers a friend, relation or work colleague back tot eh selling salesperson as someone to trust and buy a car from is even less – probably 5%

So, if you’re a young salesperson reading this article, let me tell you that you should be getting 40-50% of your business from repeat and referral business.
And how do you get that much? Well, that’s a story for another article or an opportunity to join me in a training course.


For your interest, my motoring reviews are my opinion of the vehicle I’m testing. The manufacturer or distributor, in this case, Kia Australia, doesn’t tell me what to write or ask for a ‘nice’ review. Nor am I paid for these reviews – I simply call it as I see it.

I often wonder about the ‘truth’ that I see from other motoring journalists. And I’m particularly referring to newspapers, online forums, and magazines where the company that owns the publication receives substantial advertising support from the various manufacturers.

Do the owners or editors tell their journalists to go easy on the review? I’m not sure, never having been in that position. Would I turn to softer reviews if my company was being paid for good reviews? Not likely. My independence as a writer is not for sale. I’d rather say no than be bought.

In any case, If that ever happens, rest assured that I’ll be telling that story with interest.

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