The Kia Cerato and its variants has been a model that has surprised a number of buyers and currently there are some great deals to be had on the outgoing Kia Cerato. This is why we decided to review the 2012 Kia Cerato Hatch SLi.
The SLi variant that we reviewed has a 2.0litre four-cylinder producing 115kW and 194Nm of torque, and it sits at the top of the Cerato range. Previously in a Kia you did miss out on little comforts, but that isn’t the case in this Cerato.
On the inside there are six airbags, ABS brakes, electronic brake distribution with Emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Control. Additional features include climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth phone + audio, and auto headlights.
The RRP at $30,000 faced stiff competition from other manufacturers but with demo and new models priced to make way for the new generation. It is already looking like to be a good buy.
On the inside you’re greeted with a fantastic leather steering wheel. It provides the feeling like it has been taken straight from a much more expensive Audi. The seats are comfortable, however did feel like we spent a little bit of time to find the perfect seating position.
Overall the initial impression was a great one that made us eager to see if it could match its looks when it comes to performance.
The front-wheel-drive didn’t take away from the driving experience and during the everyday commute it will make sure you get where you need to comfortably and safely.
A big part of driving is the steering wheel, and the quality of the steering wheel is outstanding and makes the driving experience that much more satisfying.
Fuel economy was also good, with our mixed driving meeting the manufacturers stated consumption of 7.7litres combined.
If $24,000 is still a little out of reach or not within the price range that you are looking, there is a awesome selection of vehicles starting from $15,990, that is a saving up to $8,000 on some models. All of which come with capped price servicing, and fantastic warranties!
This is the car you should check out.
The Kia brand has come along way since first launching in Australia many years ago and the 2012 Kia Cerato SLi Hatchback definitely reflects this great progress and excellent direction the company is headed.
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