What do you get for the price?
Unlike many rivals, Cerato pricing is the same for both the hatch and sedan versions.
The range starts with the ‘S' variant aimed at thrifty types and car fleet managers, with a sticker price of $25,490 before on-road costs. It is powered by a 2.0-litre engine good for 112kW and 192NM, powering the front wheels via a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Standard gear includes an 8.0-inch LCD touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, halogen headlamps and 16-inch steel wheels. A reversing camera is standard, as are parking sensors front and rear.
The $27,590 Sport is the next step up the Cerato ladder and expands the touchscreen to 10.25 inches, as well as adding 17-inch alloy wheels, a digital radio and satellite navigation with 10 years of free map updates.
Opt for the Sport+ at $30,690 and the extra equipment extends to leather seats with inbuilt heaters in the front pair, dual-zone clime control, an electronic parking brake and adaptive cruise control.
The GT version tops the range at $35,290 and brings a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, multi-link rear suspension, 18-inch alloys wheels, upgraded sound system, sunroof, LED headlamps and heated and ventilated front seats.
Buy before December 31 and Kia will put the Cerato on the road for $25,990 for the S, $27,990 for the Sport, $31,690 for the Sport+ and $36,990 for the GT.
Expect to spend an extra $520 if you want any paint colour other than white.
Servicing intervals are every year or 10,000km for the Kia Cerato GT and a seven-year capped price servicing deal costs $3234.
The naturally-aspirated models manage 12 months or 15,000km between services and cost $2923 over seven years.
How safe is the Kia Cerato?
This is where it gets interesting. ANCAP rated the S and Sport versions at four stars due to the absence of some safety features. Buyers can add those features in the form of a $1000 Safety Pack that bundles blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and updates the automated emergency braking software to identify cyclists. A bigger set of rear brakes, folding mirrors and an electronic park brake are part of the package.
The safety pack goodies are standard on the Sport+ and GT and those variants were accordingly rated at five stars, with a 90 per cent score for adult occupant protection, 83 per cent for child occupant protection, 72 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 73 per cent for the safety assist gear.