By judicious weight saving measures and attention to matching engine performance and gearing the Cerato achieves highly competitive performance and fuel economy results. Acceleration times for the Cerato models (0-62mph) range from 9.0 sec (2.0-litre CVVT) to 11.0 sec (1.6 Manual) to 13.0 sec (1.6 Auto), and top speeds from 129mph (2.0-litre CVVT) to 116mph (1.6 Manual) to 107mph (1.6 Auto). Combined fuel consumptions range from 56.5mpg (1.5-litre CRDi) to 40.4mpg (1.6-litre manual) to 37.7mpg (2.0-litre CVVT Manual), while CO2 ratings spread from 128 g/km (1.5-litre CRDi) to 167g/km (1.6-litre Manual) to 180g/km (2.0-litre CVVT Manual).
The high safety specification includes dual front airbags, front side airbags and full length side curtain airbags. There are all round disc brakes, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) and Brake Assist System (BAS) for maximum stopping power.
Cerato prototypes were extensively road tested in Europe by staff from Kia’s European R&D Centre near Frankfurt. This process allowed fine-tuning of the suspension, and ride and handling set-up, to ensure that Cerato matches accurately European driving conditions and the expectations of European customers.
The line-up and pricing is:
|Cerato 1.5CRDi GS||£tba|
|Cerato 1.5CRDi LX||£tba|
|Cerato 1.6LX auto||£11,400|
|Cerato 1.6LX Saloon||£10,500|
|Cerato 1.5CRDi LX Saloon||£tba|
|Cerato 2.0SE Saloon||£11,995|