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terrible auto transmission
this car is brand new and has less than 1000 klms.my wife has complained to me about the transmission since she picked it up.i told her she has to get used to it..finally i drove it and it is awful to drive,so took it back to gateway kia and the quality control fellow by the name of [Name Removed] took it for a run and said it was perfectly normal..i told him if this transmission is normal KIA are in for big trouble (as far a future sales are concerned)..we also own a 2009 kia cerato bought new and have had no issues at all with this car.
Purchased in May 2021 at Gateway Motor Group for $27,490.00.
This vehicle ticks every box !
I have been a car enthusiast for 50+ years and at various times have owned most brands available & driven many types and models. 10 years ago I would have laughed if someone had said I would own a Kia. Not today. I am very impressed with every aspect of my Cerato Hatch ( safety pack ) and the warranty is a bonus. I'm sold on Kia.
Purchased in July 2020 for $18,500.00.
Good Car but Buyer beware of the Turbo version when starting the vehicle
We purchased a Kia Cerato G/T Hatch (Turbo version) in 2020 and have been happy with it to date except for one annoying thing. When vehicle's engine is cold or hasn't been driven for quite a few hours and u go and start it, the engine runs rough for a minute or 2 (idles rough and doesn't sound good) then after that time it runs fine. Spoke to the Dealership and they indicated that it is "normal" for the Turbo version to do this as it's a design feature to help it warm the engine up quickly... To me this is rubbish as I don't know of any other m...anufacturer that uses this method to warm up the engine quickly. It becomes annoying when u want to hop in the car and head off straight away and the vehicle doesn't respond or drive well in this situation until this feature has run its course... Over time this issue may cause us to sell the car earlier than planned
Purchased in March 2020.
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY!
I have had this car for 3 years and it still looks amazing! I love it! It's super comfortable and has amazing features for the price. In its range its the best.... hands down.
Purchased in July 2018 at Peter Warren Automotive for $27,000.00.
7 year warranty is fake
I'm giving this car one star for its good points - roomy, smooth, relatively economical, huge boot, well-equipped for the price and nicely styled inside and out. Any professional car reviewer online will tell you this.
However, the air-conditioning compressor has started to fail in mine.
If you enjoy hearing an irritating, siren-like whining on acceleration after 10 minutes of driving, then a Kia Cerato might be for you.
If you then enjoy being condescended to by dealership service managers that obvious problems like this are 'normal', then ...
Purchased in June 2020 at Kia Dealers for $23,000.00.
My cerato gt is brilliant.
Has all the necessary safety features drives beautifully, particularly on the open road. So many features, a joy to drive. Great
powerful acceleration, perfect smooth gear change in the auto transmission. What more, this is a wonderful machine. The interior is sporty & finish is great, very high tech materials. Love my Cerato GT.
Purchased for $31,500.00.
Great value, adaptive cruise not so great
Great all round car bought as a demo. The adaptive cruise can be a dangerous at times. It’s no where near in the same league as my camry hybrid. If you are cruising in a straight line and the car in front turns off, the Cerato will almost come to a grinding halt. I have found this to be very dangerous particularly on the freeway, where it almost caused the car behind to impact the rear of my vehicle. I’m surprised the firmware hasn’t yet been updated to rectify this issue. The transmission can be a bit sloppy when it’s cold, hesitant to pick a...gear. If you open the rear hatch - where the sheet metal folds in around the rear hatch you’ll see quite a crude finish to the sheet metal where the spot welds have been left. Apart from that it’s a good car for the price.
Purchased in November 2020 at Kia Dealers for $22,500.00.
- BD (Sedan) GT (2018-2021)
Great, but not perfect pocket rocket of the car
There are not that many cars on the market that will give you a great price point, amazing warranty, excellent performance and subjectively attractive car in one package. I believe the latest generation of Cerato is 90% there.
Let's leave the best for last and talk about dislikes. There are not that many, but I think prospective buyers need to be aware of potential dislikes. Everyone is different, so here are my dislikes:
1. DCT(Dual Clutch Transmission). Kia's implementation of DCT isn't bad. Also, as a side note, the DCT is only on GT models ...
Purchased in November 2020 at Kia Dealers for $33,000.00.
Hard to find better value for money!
We’ve had this car for just over a year now and put over 30,000km on it.
The first thing we were impressed with and continue to be impressed with is the fuel economy. In the first month it averaged 5.8l per 100km . We do a mixture of suburban and freeway driving and it never goes above 6.1 even fully loaded with adults and gear in the boot. I also run roof rails and kayak racks which create drag. We recently did a 14 hour trip from Perth to Newman return fully loaded with the aircon on all the way and it averaged 5.9l sitting on 120km/hr.
Purchased in September 2019 at Kia Dealers.
Great looking car lots of features
Love the look sound n safety features of the car
Though have issues with sensors that don’t pick up items when reversing
Very comfortable roomy car with good speed pick up
Purchased in September 2020 for $32,000.00.
Much better than I expected !
daily driver , 142k since I got it as new back in August 2018 ( MY19 - a current model ) , regular servicing , no issues so far even breaks have 60% to go.
manual + 2.0L engine is a good combination , I do not feel it is underperforming on highways .
6.3L per 100km in average , 91 RON
Apple Play connection & large info screen are good but info system reboots itself sometimes while driving , may be once a month or every 5k - it takes around 10 sec to reboot - a minor issue actually .
It is easy to lock car keys in the boot as opening boot and doors buttons are not synchronised .
There is no a second row aircon - it could be a problem for some .
Purchased in August 2018 for $20,000.00.
Goes well and good on fuel
Reliable little car thats good on fuel yet still zippy. Highway driving will get you about 5.5L/100km and on average in the city it sits around 7-9L/100km very comfortable and can be fun to drive. the internals are nice and modern. slightly cheap build quality but you would expect that from a cheaper car.
Purchased in October 2016 at Kia Dealers for $19,999.00.
Packed with features, great car
Had this as a long term rental. Shocked at how good it was. Solid feel. Lane Keep Assist is literally a life saver on long drives. Large for a small hatch. Punchy smooth engine. Great ride good balance between comfort and handling can really tell it's been tuned for Aussie roads. A great small hatch much better than Corolla which is soulless and heavy and dead in comparison.
Beware of Servicing Costs. Price Gouging
I bought the new Kia Cerato GT (2019) and the servicing cost is a rip off. See below
10,000 km -$282.00
20,000 km -$476.00
30,000 km -$346.00
40,000 km -$630.00
I printed out each servicing description from Kia's website. See attached image.
The only different items they replace on the 40,000km service is a pollen filter, fuel air filter and brake fluid compared with the 10,000km service. For these three items they charge an extra $348 compared to the first service. The remaining items are all visual inspection which they do anyway. ...I emailed Kia customer service asking for an explanation and this is the response I recieved "Please be advised that the cost involves parts replacement and labour time for each capp price servicing schedule carried out". That was it. No care taken at all to respond. I asked for clarification and he wrote the same thing. Getting a quote elsewhere and the prices are similar to the first service. KIA is trying to price gouge its customer through the servicing. Beware.
Purchased in September 2019 for $33,000.00.
Better than a (2018) Mazda 3
I am comparing this to a 2018 Mazda 3 (BM) which I owned and I had to sell for a transmission design issue which Mazda refused to rectify (see my review on that). Thus my review here will be mostly a comparison between the two as both were Sedans (albeit the Mazda was the SP25 with a more powerful 2.5L engine). This is a somewhat technical review:
1. One of the best (if not the best) infotainment systems in the business hands down, Android Auto works flawlessly and the responsiveness of the touch screen is second to none (Mazda's infotain...
Purchased in January 2020.
Questions & Answers
Good day I have an eps error on my 2010 cerato when I connect a device to check where the error is it can't find any errors and Idea how to turn the eps error off
Anyone have auto transmission problems on a 2020 cerato, especially when its cold, ours holds in gear way too long before changing especially up hills.
Anyone know what size the fuses are in the cabin fusebox. TIA.
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|Category||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||16" Alloy||16" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||4 Stars||4 Stars||4 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.8 L/100km||7.6 L/100km||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 L||50 L||50 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.6L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||150kW @ 6000rpm||112kW @ 6200rpm||112kW @ 6200rpm||112kW @ 6200rpm|
|Max Torque||265Nm @ 1500-4500rpm||192Nm @ 4000rpm||192Nm @ 4000rpm||192Nm @ 4000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Manufacturer Warranty||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018|
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