The 2020 Kia Cerato is available in four different trim levels – six if you count models with the Safety Pack, as Kia does – with prices ranging from $21,490 before on-road costs for the base S manual to $33,490 before on-road costs for the GT. Kia regularly does drive-away offers, however.
The company offers every trim level as either a sedan or a hatchback and doesn’t charge a premium for either body style.
Redesigned for 2018, the Cerato is in its fourth generation and battles rivals like the Hyundai i30, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.
- 2020 Kia Cerato S manual: $21,490 ($20,790 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato S manual with Safety Pack: $22,490 ($22,290 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato S auto: $24,290 ($22,790 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato S auto with Safety Pack: $25,290 ($24,290 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato Sport manual: $23,490 ($22,990 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato Sport manual with Safety Pack: $24,490 ($24,490 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato Sport auto: $26,290 ($24,990 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato Sport auto with Safety Pack: $27,290 ($26,490 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato Sport Plus auto: $29,340 ($28,540 d/a)
- 2020 Kia Cerato GT auto: $33,490 ($33,490 d/a)\
The 2020 Kia Cerato range comes with a choice of two engines.
Most models use a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 112kW and 192Nm, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Sport Plus models are only available with the automatic.
The range-topping GT ditches the 2.0-litre for a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder producing 150kW and 265Nm and mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 2020 Kia Cerato consumes 7.4L/100km on the ADR combined city and highway cycle when equipped with either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Though it’s more powerful than the others, the GT uses less fuel with a combined 6.8L/100km.
The 2020 Kia Cerato sedan measures 4640mm long, 1440mm tall and 1800mm wide. The hatchback has the same width but is 5mm higher and 130mm shorter.
Total luggage space is 502L for the sedan and 428L for the hatchback.
When the Kia Cerato was tested by ANCAP in 2019, it received a split rating.
Kia Cerato S and Sport models without the Safety Pack received a rating of four stars.
All other Cerato models received a rating of five stars from ANCAP.
All models received an adult occupant protection score of 90 per cent, child occupant protection score of 83 per cent, vulnerable road user protection score of 55 per cent and a safety assist score of 71 per cent.
All 2020 Kia Cerato models come standard with anti-lock brakes and front, front side, and curtain airbags, lane-keeping assist, and autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning.
The Sport Plus and GT, as well as S and Sport models with the Safety Pack, have a more sophisticated version of autonomous emergency braking and forward-collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist avoidance. They also feature blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The base Cerato S comes with the following standard features:
- Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Power windows
- Autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning
- Lane-keeping assist
Next up the rung is the Cerato Sport, which adds the following:
- Satellite navigation
- Premium steering wheel and shift knob
- 17-inch alloy wheels
Both the Cerato S and Cerato Sport are available with the Safety Pack, which adds:
- Adaptive cruise control (automatic models only)
- Autonomous emergency braking and forward-collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist avoidance
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Power folding mirrors
When the S is equipped with the Safety Pack, it also adds the Sport’s premium steering wheel and shift knob.
The Sport Plus adds the features of the Safety Pack plus:
- Proximity entry
- Push-button start
- LED daytime running lights
- Heated front seats
- Dual-zone climate control
The range-topping GT replaces the 2.0-litre four with a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and adds:
- Sports-tuned suspension and steering
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Ventilated front seats
- LED headlights and taillights
- JBL Premium sound system
- Wireless phone charging
- Dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets
All 2020 Kia Cerato models require servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first, except for the Cerato GT which requires servicing every 12 months or 10,000km.
Kia offers seven years of capped-price servicing. The GT has an average service cost of $470, while all other Ceratos have an average cost of $419.