First For Kia | Part Three

A balanced solution for good ride and handling

The five-door Kia Cerato is fitted with a fully independent suspension system designed to deliver responsive handling and a supple, comfortable ride. On every Cerato, nitrogen gas-filled Sachs shock absorbers are standard fit for both the front and rear suspension, and the power-assisted rack and pinion system requires 2.8 turns of the steering wheel lock-to-lock. In Europe, Kia Cerato cars come exclusively with Bridgestone tyres. The standard wheels are 15 inch diameter, 6.0 inch wide steel units, with full-size moulded plastic trims, and 195/60 R15 tyres. Optional packages include 15 inch and 16 inch alloy wheels with wider, lower profile tyres.

ABS, EBD and BAS give secure and stable stopping

Cerato’s power-assisted all-disc braking system has ventilated front discs (275 mm diameter) and solid rear discs (258 mm) to deliver secure and stable braking performance with consistent pedal feel. Four-channel, four-sensor, anti-lock ABS is standard fit. The system incorporates an electronic brake force distributor (EBD), helping to distribute braking force evenly, between front and rear wheels.

The Cerato can also be equipped with a Brake Assist System (BAS) which helps drivers braking harder and faster in an emergency. A dual-mode Traction Control System (TCS) is also available as an option.

Next-generation airbags for maximum protection

In Europe, three-point seatbelts and head restraints are fitted for all five occupants. Both front belts have height-adjustable top mounts, pre-tensioners and load limiters. Two ISOFIX anchor points are fitted in the rear seat for child safety seats.

The Cerato is equipped with the very latest ‘intelligent’ airbag system using sensors to gauge the severity of an impact before deploying the airbags, with the appropriate speed and force. Dual front airbags are installed as standard. Side airbags for the front seats and full-length curtain airbags are available. The driver’s seat can be ordered with an ‘Active Headrestraint’ that protects the occupant from whiplash injuries.

In Europe every five-door Cerato can be ordered with remote-control central locking. Separate buttons on the controller lock and unlock the doors. The third button activates and deactivates the alarm system. The anti-theft alarm also has a ‘panic alarm’ facility to summon assistance if needed.

Designed at Kia facilities in Korea, the USA and Europe, the new Cerato is the result of more than 40 months intensive work and a total investment cost of approximately €220 million.

Published 7 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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