|The Kia Cerato was recently recognized as the favorite Family Car at the NST-Maybank Car of the Year 2013. This was the third award for Kia, following the Forte in 2010 and 2011 and the Optima K5’s People’s Choice in 2012.|
Having made its entry into the country in July this year, the Kia Cerato compact sedan replaces the good-looking Forte and has thus far accumulated 1,417 units. The Cerato’s key features augur well with C-segment buyers in the country; namely the bold lines, aerodynamically-sleek profile and the interior’s generous offerings. The higher grade Kia Cerato 2.0-liter even has HID headlights with auto levelling and a rear spoiler.
Kia Cerato: An attractive variant, inside and out
To recap, Kia’s recognizable ‘Tiger-nose’ grille permanently captivates on-lookers, as do the sharp-edged projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, folding mirrors with LED side repeaters and the ‘Zorro mask’ rearlights (when the lights illuminate at dusk). With 17-inch wheels and tyres, the Cerato is one of the better choices for compact sedan buyers in the country. Exterior details are carried over to the interior, with the practicality and functionality in tact. The MDPS steering with flex steer system offers Comfort, Normal and Sport modes for cruising to a more spirited pump. Additionally, the steering’s switches make it easy to access audio and hands-free. Worthy interior highlights include a push start switch, Bluetooth/Aux/USB connectivity, a 4.3-inch touch screen TFT-LCD with rear view camera display, dual-zone air-conditioning with cluster ionizer, rear air vent, glove box cooling, front and rear parking assist system, 10-way adjustable driver seat, a sliding center armrest and an auto defog system. The 2.0-liter Kia Cerato has a few more items to boot, such as a sunroof, a supervision cluster with a 4.2-inch color TFT-LCD and an air-ventilated driver’s seat.
The Kia Cerato has two engine options, a Gamma 1.6 D-CVVT and a 2.0l Nu D-CVVT; both powerplants are paired to a six-speed auto gearbox. Combined fuel efficient and emissions are rated 14.7 km per liter and 160g per km.
In terms of safety, the Kia Cerato is incorporated with the Electronic Safety Control (ESC) with the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Brake Assist Control (BAS), Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist System (BAS), six-airbags, collision sensors, ISOFIX, sunroof with speed-sensing door lock, and impact-sensing auto door unlock. The car got the 5-star ratings for the NHTSA safety tests in the U.S.A. and the New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash tests in Australia.
Kia Cerato is priced a little hefty, compared to the good ole’ Forte
Five color choices are available for the Kia Cerato; Clear White, Glittering Metal, Bright Silver, Temptation Red and Golden Beat. The on-the-road price for the Cerato 1.6 is RM99,888 while the on-the-road price for the Cerato 2.0 is RM118,888, including a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.