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2023 Kia Cerato price and specs

2023 Kia Cerato price and specs

The Kia Cerato continues into Model Year 2023 unchanged, with a choice of four specification grades, two engines and hatchback and sedan body styles.

  • 2023 Kia Cerato pricing and specifications
  • Small car retains four model grades, two engines
  • Optional Safety Pack on S and Sport variants
  • Priced from $27,490 drive-away

2022 Kia Cerato GT hatch.

The 2023 Kia Cerato range enters the new model year unchanged, following a mid-life facelift for the 2022 model which launched 18 months ago.

After a price rise across most Kia vehicles earlier the year, the Cerato is priced from $25,990 plus on-road costs, or $27,490 drive-away – across four carry-over model grades: S, Sport, Sport+ and GT.

Prices have risen by up to $1500 since the facelift arrived last May – but some Cerato models have become up to $7000 dearer (drive-away) since the current-generation model launched in 2018, albeit offset by more features.

S, Sport and Sport+ models are powered by a 2.0-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with 112kW and 192Nm, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2022 Kia Cerato Sport+ sedan.

Opting for the GT adds a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder developing 150kW and 265Nm, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive, with multi-link independent suspension introduced at the rear, and sports steering and suspension tuning.

Standard features in the Cerato S include 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, automatic halogen headlights, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless/wired Android Auto, cloth seats, six speakers, manual air conditioning and a plastic steering wheel.

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) – based on cameras, and includes car and pedestrian detection – is standard, along with lane-keep assist, lane following assist, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring, and six airbags.

2022 Kia Cerato GT hatch.

But to get adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring or rear cross-traffic alert on the S or one-tier-up Sport, buyers need to option the Safety Pack ($1000 plus on-road costs/$1500 drive-away), which also includes a radar-based AEB system with car, pedestrian and cyclist detection.

Stepping up to the Sport ($1500 extra drive-away) adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with in-built satellite navigation (but wired-only Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), DAB digital radio, faux leather-trimmed steering wheel, auto up/down driver’s window, and more.

The Sport+ adds the contents of the Safety Pack (detailed in full in the lists below) plus faux leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry and push-button start, a power-assisted boot lid for the sedan, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and more.

2022 Kia Cerato GT hatch.

The hero turbo GT model exclusively offers its turbo engine, dual-clutch auto and sports suspension/steering package, plus larger front brake discs, 18-inch alloys, red exterior accents, LED headlights and tail-lights, an electric sunroof, and a wireless phone charger.

It also gains synthetic leather front sports seats with red piping and GT branding, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, ventilated front seats, and eight-speaker JBL premium sound system.

The 2023 Kia Cerato range is due in Australia imminently.

  • Cerato S – $25,990 plus on-road costs/$27,490 drive-away
  • Cerato S with Safety Pack – $26,990 plus on-road costs/$28,990 drive-away
  • Cerato Sport – $28,090 plus on-road costs/$29,490 drive-away
  • Cerato Sport with Safety Pack – $29,090 plus on-road costs/$30,990 drive-away
  • Cerato Sport+ – $31,140 plus on-road costs/$33,190 drive-away
  • Cerato GT – $35,790 plus on-road costs/$37,990 drive-away

Note: All prices above exclude on-road costs. Hatchback and sedan body styles are the same price.

2023 Kia Cerato S standard features:

  • 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, temporary spare wheel
  • Dusk-sensing halogen headlights with auto high beam
  • LED daytime-running lights
  • Cloth seat upholstery
  • 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless/wired Android Auto and single-connection Bluetooth
  • AM and FM radio
  • Reversing camera
  • 4.2-inch instrument cluster display
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Air conditioning
  • Manual driver seat adjustment (six ways for the driver)
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats (with centre armrest)
  • One 12-volt (front) and three USB-A ports (two front, one rear)
  • Plastic steering wheel and gear shifter trim
  • Power windows
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection (camera based)
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane following assist
  • Cruise control (manual, no radar guidance)
  • Speed limiter
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Rear occupant alert
  • Driver attention alert
  • Six airbags

2023 Kia Cerato Sport adds (over S):

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with multi-connection Bluetooth
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (no wireless connectivity)
  • In-built satellite navigation and DAB digital radio
  • Unique “sport-patterned” cloth seats
  • “Premium” steering wheel and shifter trim
  • Auto up/down driver’s window
  • Automatic rear wipers (hatchback only)

2022 Kia Cerato Sport+ sedan.

2023 Kia Cerato Sport+ adds (over Sport):

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Leather seat upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Sliding front centre armrest (fixed on S and Sport)
  • Power boot lid (sedan only)
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • ‘Aero blade’ windscreen wipers
  • Upgraded autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian and cyclist detection (radar-based)
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot assist (warning and braking)
  • Rear cross-traffic assist (warning and braking)
  • Safe exit warning
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Larger rear brake discs (284mm vs 262mm)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold

2023 Kia Cerato GT adds (over Sport+):

  • 1.6-litre turbo engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension
  • Sports suspension and steering tunes
  • 305mm front sports brake discs (up from 280mm)
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • GT exterior styling (red accents, black mirror caps and dual exhaust tips)
  • LED headlights and front fog lights
  • LED ‘combination’ tail-lights
  • LED rear fog lights (sedan only)
  • Leather-appointed front sports seats with red piping, GT branding
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-way memory
  • Height-adjustable passenger seat
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottomed sports steering wheel
  • Electric sunroof
  • Eight-speaker JBL premium sound system
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Wireless phone charging
  • LED interior lights

2022 Kia Cerato GT hatch.

The optional Safety Pack ($1000 plus on-road costs, or $1500 drive-away), available on the S and Sport, adds:

  • Upgraded autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian and cyclist detection (radar-based)
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring (warning only, no ability to brake)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warning only, no ability to brake)
  • Safe exit warning
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Larger rear brake discs (284mm vs 262mm)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • “Premium” steering wheel and shifter trim (S only; already standard on Sport)

Available colours include:

  • Clear White (no cost)
  • Snow White Pearl ($520 extra)
  • Mineral Blue ($520 extra)
  • Silky Silver ($520 extra)
  • Horizon Blue ($520 extra)
  • Steel Grey ($520 extra)
  • Runway Red ($520 extra)
  • Platinum Graphite ($520 extra)
  • Aurora Black ($520 extra)

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