Kia Cerato Review & Ratings: Design, Features, Performance, Specifications ...

Kia Cerato Review & Ratings

The Kia Cerato is a compact car produced by Kia Motors of South Korea. Kia Motors is a public automobile company based in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in 1944, originally producing bicycle parts and steel tubing. Kia began manufacturing motorcycles in 1957, trucks in 1962, and cars in 1974. Kia stopped building cars in 1981 but re-started again in 1986.

The Cerato is available worldwide, but is known as the Spectra in the United States. In 2013 the company renamed the Cerato to the Forte, but in Korea it is known now as the K3. There are a few different models, including a sedan and a hatchback. The Cerato shares its platform with the Hyundai Elantra. It’s newer, third generation will be built at a new plant.

The new Cerato/Forte has been ranked the 7th most affordable small car out of 40 based on consumer reviews, test drives, and safety data. The car touts great fuel economy and reliability and is predominantly marketed to young families.


The Kia Cerato price ranges from about $16,000.00 to $23,000.00 US dollars, depending on options packages.

Engine Options

The Cerato comes with a range of engines. They include a 1.5L U Inline-4 turbocharged diesel, 1.6L U Inline-4 turbocharged diesel, 1.6L G4ED Inline-4 gasoline, 2.0L G4GC Inline-4 gasoline, and a 2.0L D Inline-4 turbocharged diesel.

Transmission Options

The Cerato comes with either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission.

Size and Space Options

The car offers a roomy cabin and comfortable seating for five passengers with plenty of head and leg room, even in the rear seats.

Control Panel and Display

The Cerato offers a driver-friendly display with fuel gauge, tachometer, speedometer, fuel efficiency, cruise control on the steering wheel, and audio controls.


Cloth seats are standard, though leather upholstery is available. The driver’s seat has six-way adjustability. Options for seating include heated front and rear seats, and dual zone climate control.


The Cerato/Forte is available worldwide and is highly affordable.

Security Systems

The car comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and keyless entry, though other options are available for extra.

Safety Options

Safety features include airbags, child safety locks, electronic stability control, traction control, 4-wheel ABS with brake assist, vehicle stability management, and rear camera.

Interior Options

Interior features include heated steering wheel, four speaker HD audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, power sunroof, UVO infotainment system with a touchscreen display, cruise control, navigation system, USB and auxiliary media inputs, and 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

Exterior Options

Exterior options include mud flaps, locking fuel lid, high density headlights, LED rear brake lights, fog lights, and a smart welcome lighting system.


Available accessories include a rear spoiler, floor mats, cup holders, chrome light molding, a sport radiator grille, chrome door handles, bumper reflectors, and side mirror covers.


The car is built of quality materials and is a good, reliable automobile.


Kias are generally seen as well-built, sleek-looking cars that are reliable, fuel efficient, and fun to drive, and the Cerato is no exception.


For the price, the Cerato is a great value and the fuel efficiency is sure to save you money at the gas pump.

Our Verdict

The Kia Cerato/Forte is a reliable family car which offers lots of amenities and a comfortable ride. It provides safety and fuel efficiency, and a smooth ride. It is one of the most affordable compact cars out there and makes for a great choice in value, quality, and reliability. With regular routine maintenance the Cerato will stay in shape for years.

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