Why you should take the KIA Cerato for a test drive

From the distinctive KIA ‘Tiger Nose’ grille to its clipped rear overhang, this Cerato looks poised and athletic. Its profile is sleek, purposeful, with a sense of fluidity that stands out in the car park. In a tired world of automotive carbon copies, the KIA is a standout vehicle in its segment.

Kia knows this, and this is why this Cerato is packed with safety and comfort features that stand far beyond the competition. So now we present 11 reasons why you should at least take it for a test drive, to feel how a premium product can be priced below RM99k including insurance and road tax.

The Cerato carries a very European-flavoured body styling, with a mesh-grilled front end and swept-back headlights.

There are LED rear taillights, and the addition of daytime running lights give the front-end that premium look.

At 4560mm long and 1435mm high, the Cerato’s sensible dimensions provide plenty of space for front seat passengers and the seats in the back serve up ample room for 3 adult passengers.

Up front, there are two cupholders, along with room in the doors for water bottles. The central storage bin is home to two power points and a USB port, and there’s a second, surprisingly deep storage bin separating the two front seats. There’s a sunglasses holder that’s integrated into the roof, as well as mirrors with lights in each of the sun visors.

The luggage capacity is a respectable 482 litres, so trips back home to vote or visit the family should be easy.

Cabin comfort features include a start/stop ignition and a driver electric seat with memory for two drivers, a feature no other segment rival has.

Inside, you get carbon fibre-effect trim inserts and a cooling glove box.

This Cerato arrives with six airbags (dual front, front-side and curtain) and the normal suite of traction and braking aids like ABS and ESP. You’ll also find parking sensors front and rear, fog lights front and rear and Kia’s own Vehicle Stability Management system.

The smart boot, it’s so simple. With the key in your pocket, all you have to do is stand near the boot and wait for just 5 blinks of the tail-lamps and the boot lid opens automatically. This is a great feature if you happen to have your hands full of groceries and unlike other cars in its segment, you do not need to balance on one foot and wave the other to open the boot.

It also comes with ‘Drive Mode Select’. This is a feature which provides Eco, Normal and Sports settings to vary both the steering weight and the drivetrain’s response.

Fuel consumption per 100km is an average of 7.2 Litres….in ECO mode driving.

This is an urban-friendly sedan that looks much better than your run-of-the-mill rival. Plus, you get a 5-year manufacturer warranty with unlimited mileage. Such peace-of-mind for 60 months.




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