2019 Kia Cerato GT Review | carsales

2019 Kia Cerato GT Review | carsales


The Kia Cerato GT has just launched in Australia,
addressing the shortcomings of the widely acclaimed but slow selling Pro-Cee’d GT. Now buyers can have the two extra doors, the
self-shifting dual clutch transmission, to go with the powerful turbo charged engine. The Cerato also shares its engine and transmission
with the Hyundai i30N line. Both the warmed over i30 and the Cerato GT
are built on the same platform, and feature a multi-link independent rear suspension system. But Kia and its local chassis tuning team
claim that the Cerato GT is firmer riding than the Hyundai, and features more aggressive
settings for steering calibration, springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and bushes. For the media programme, through Victoria’s
Yarra Valley, the Cerato was an adept handler, delivering performance and traction with few
of the vices for which front wheel drives are known. There were no signs of torque steer, for example,
and the stability control was a competent partner to the Cerato GT’s passive dynamics,
keeping traction optimised for powering out of tight corners. Tested in the new hatchback format, the Cerato
GT impressed with its low levels of noise, vibration and harshness in the cabin, although
the engine delivers quite a growl when opened up. And it’s a growl boosted by an electronic
sound generator under the bonnet. Accommodation is lacking in the rear seat
for taller passengers, but the driver and front passenger will enjoy the roominess and
comfort in the front seats, which are very well shaped for those moments when cornering
forces are trying to push the occupant sideways out of the seat. For a car priced from the low 30,000s, the
Cerato GT comes lavishly equipped, with leather upholstery, Car Play, and even inductive charging
for the smart phone. And the Cerato GT also comes with a comprehensive
list of active safety equipment, including autonomous emergency braking, rear cross traffic
alert and driver attention alert. Although the Cerato GT is more expensive than
the Hyundai i30N line, Kia claims that the Cerato is better value after factoring in
the onroad costs and the longer seven year warranty. Kia also expects to pick up buyers who want
something with more intent than the i30N line, but without the extreme traits of an all out
hot hatch. The Cerato is already earning praise in the
local market, with the proven performance of the GT’s power train, this new variant
looks set to succeed where the Pro-Cee’d failed.