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Kia Cerato Specs

Engine 1591 cc
Power 128 hp
Transmission Type Automatic
Driver Airbag Yes
Air Conditioner Yes
Power Steering Yes
Seating Capacity 5 Seats
Central Locking Yes

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Cerato Pros & Cons

By Abhishek Katariya on Dec 26, 2019
Things We Like in Cerato

Smooth exterior design

Fit and finish

Things We Dont Like in Cerato

Dated interior cabin


Recent Updates of Cerato

Kia Cerato will soon receive a modern electric powerplant. The engine will come fitted with a 184 hp recoil on the front axle, and the lithium-ion battery units will be placed under the passenger and luggage compartment floor. The battery capacity is around 56.6 kW, and in the NECD cycle, it promised a stroke of 490 km. The electric variant will differ from the standard model in terms of design. The electric Cerato will first arrive in the Chinese market, where it is dubbed as the E3 EV. The price tag is yet to be announced by the company.

Kia Cerato Price

The Cerato is priced at RM 103,888 .

Kia Cerato Variants

There are 3 variants available of Cerato: 1.6L KX, 1.6 SX and 2.0L.

Kia Cerato Power-trains

The Cerato is powered by a 1591cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 128 hp of power and 157 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 6-Speed Automatic transmission gearbox.

Kia Cerato Features

The feature list of Cerato includes Central Locking, Anti Theft Device, Anti-Theft Alarm and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Power Windows Rear, Automatic Climate Control, Air Quality Control, Heater, Rear A/C Vents, Glove Box Cooling, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, Electric Folding Rear View Mirror, On Board Computer, Automatic Headlamps, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Foldable Rear Seat, Remote Trunk Opener, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Reading Lamp, Rear Seat Headrest, Rear Seat Center Arm Rest, Cup Holders-Front, Cup Holders-Rear, Bottle Holder, Trunk Light, Vanity Mirror and Keyless Entry.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Navigation System, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, CD Player, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear and Integrated 2DIN Audio.

Kia Cerato Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Digital Clock, Outside Temperature Display, Digital Odometer and Electric Adjustable Seats.

Kia Cerato Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Adjustable Headlights, Fog Lights Front, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rear Window Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Tinted Glass, Sun Roof, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator, Integrated Antenna, Chrome Grille, Chrome Garnish and Remote Fuel Lid Opener.

Kia Cerato Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag-Front, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts, Rear Camera, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Engine Check Warning, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning and Traction Control.

Kia Cerato Competitors

The Cerato Competitors are: Chevrolet Sonic Sedan, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda 2 Sedan, Toyota Vios and Nissan Almera.

Kia Cerato 2022 Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Kia Cerato 1.6 SX RM 103,888 *
OTR Price
1591 cc, 128 hp, Automatic, Petrol

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Kia Cerato Colors

Cerato is available in 3 different colors - Bright Silver, Clear White and Temptation.

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Kia Cerato Review

By Abhishek Katariya on Dec 26, 2019
  • Cerato Overview
  • Kia Cerato Interior & Features
  • Cerato Exterior
  • Kia Cerato Ride & Handling
  • Cerato Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Kia Cerato Braking & Safety
  • Cerato Verdict

Cerato Overview

With the Cerato, Kia is trying to lure those entry-level sedan buyers who aspire to own their second car after upgrading from a basic small hatchback. With a curvy design language and big-car appeal, the Kia Cerato offers pure sedan experience at a very affordable price point. The Kia Cerato is being offered in a single variant with a standard petrol automatic powertrain.

Kia Cerato Interior & Features

The interior cabin of the Kia Cerato misses out on the magic of the classy styling of the exterior, as the overall design feels a bit old and belongs to a decade-old car. The V-themed steering wheel is huge and comes with a cluster of audio, bluetooth and cruise controls on it. What otherwise feels more modern is the comprehensive instrument console, with a detailed MID screen in between.

The rest of the dashboard has a decent rounded theme, which though looks a bit old school. This becomes even stronger with a dated 2-DIN music system with a coloured screen and conventionally looking controls for automatic climate control. The transmission tunnel, however, looks wide and premium with a nice and good to hold gear lever.

Where the Kia Cerato makes up for a rather lacklustre cabin is the sense of space and comfort inside the cabin, which really is something which can be termed as segment best. Also, while the Cerato needs the presence of few more comfort and convenience features, it still packs in some noteworthy goodies like a sunroof, auto cruise control, handsfree tailgate, and electrically adjustable driver’s seat.


Cerato Exterior

For its category, the Kia Cerato looks a bit bigger and more premium, thanks to segment-best dimensions and quality levels which feel from one segment above.

Taking inspiration from Kia’s bigger sedans, the Cerato looks quite wide with the elongated and large traditional tiger-nose grille, the adjacent to which are placed wing-like headlamps with projector units and upswept daytime running LEDs within them. The unique placement of fog lamps with faux air vents beside them completes the front fascia.

The side profile of the Kia Cerato looks quite long and sleek with a rounded roofline giving it a coupe-like stance. Apart from the machined alloy wheels, there is no other strong aspect, but still, it manages to look smart and stylish. The rear profile of the Kia Cerato looks big and bulky, and that’s all down to the large curvy tail lamps with LED inserts and high loading lip.

All in all, the Kia Cerato manages to look smart and stylish without going too overboard, with the word classy written all over it.

Kia Cerato Ride & Handling

The Kia Cerato might not be dynamically rich when it comes to steering and suspension balance, but then the softer tune up for the suspension, which is a combination of Macpherson struts with dual path strut insulator at front and coupled torsion beam axle at the rear, makes it a comfortable ride. The seats offer good cushioning, especially that of the rear bench. The softer steering setup needs better weight balance at higher speeds, though.


Cerato Engine & Fuel Consumption

The Kia Cerato currently has only one powertrain on offer, which is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. With a maximum power output rated at 130 PS and a peak torque output of 157 Nm, the engine feels nice in terms of power delivery and refinement. 

Kia Cerato Braking & Safety

For an entry-level sedan, the Kia Cerato is decently equipped with safety features like front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera, hill start assist and hill descent control and traction control.

Cerato Verdict

The Kia Cerato might not be the most modern and contemporary option in the sedan segment right now, but it is the understated elegance of this car which brings attention towards it. It surely has got that much needed big car appeal in the way it looks and drives, save for the fact that it now needs some substantial upgrades to the interior cabin and list of comfort and convenience features inside.


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    Adiputera Feb 18, 2022 for Kia Cerato

    I was looking for a sedan that was suitable for daily commute and offered a good amount of luxury and comfort. I was really impressed with the styling and appearance of the Kia Cerato. The car looks really amazing with a lean and extended profile that gives it the perfect sedan appearance. The front fascia adds to the charm and Read More

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    Yiizzan Feb 17, 2022 for Kia Cerato K3

    I was in search of a convenient, practical and stylish sedan for daily commute purposes. Ever since I saw the upcoming Kia Cerato K3, I decided to wait for its launch. The new model of the Cerato K3 is as good as a sedan can get in this segment. The appearance is striking with elegance and sportiness perfectly blended into Read More

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    Steven Feb 15, 2022 for Kia Cerato

    I recently bought the new Kia Cerato and to be very honest I had no plans of buying the car. Although, when I saw the car at the Kia showroom, I could not take my eyes off of it. The car is absolutely elegant in terms of styling and is the epitome of a premium sedan appearance. An aerodynamic design Read More

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    Wilson Dec 02, 2021 for Kia Cerato

    The Kia Cerato is one of the finest and affordable sedans currently available in the Malaysian market. Thus when I thought of buying one, Cerato was my go-to model. Its specs are great, and the performance reviews added on, which is why I got the car home. And to be honest, the performance delivery did match up to my expectation. Read More

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    Wifaq Sep 29, 2021 for Kia Cerato

    I just love everything about the Kia Cerato, which pushed me to buy it in the first place. The design is the first thing I loved, and I guess a lot of people would agree with me. But I am here to tell you what you might not know. First, if you have driven a Hyundai Accent before, you can Read More

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    Danny Jul 08, 2021 for Kia Cerato K3

    I am going to be very honest in this review since I have used the Kia Cerato model before and the K3 is the model I have been longing for the last year. The automotive experts claim that the interior of Kia Cerato K3 has been offered with interior developed features. Moreover, the reverse camera feature has advanced the safety Read More

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    Schucryan Jul 08, 2021 for Kia Cerato

    I recently bought the Kia Cerato, and the first thing I noticed is its sleek appearance. I have never used a Kia model before; so I was a little nervous about spending so much money. But now that I own and use this vehicle, I can guarantee that you will never regret your decision to buy Cerato. At the same Read More

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    Ishtiqal May 21, 2021 for Kia Cerato K3

    Buying a car is no cakewalk, so I have to research a lot before I stick to the Kia Cerato K3. I had been planning to buy my own car for quite a long time. Its looks do have a charm because that was the first thing to attract me towards this car. While reading about its specs, I could Read More

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    Lachie May 20, 2021 for Kia Cerato

    I have recently purchased Kia Cerato. And its smooth exterior design was the first thing to grab my attention. I had never used a Kia car before; hence, I was a little nervous about expending such a significant amount on it. However, now that I own this car and have been using it. I can vouch that you will never Read More

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    Calvin Mar 22, 2021 for Kia Cerato

    I have been driving the Kia Cerato for 5 years and the experience has been mixed. It’s a value for money vehicle in the B-segment. It’s comfortable over the long drive and handles well on the highway. The mileage is decent at around 16kmpl. But the sound insulation is not good. Even at a mid-range speed you can hear the Read More

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