Neil Dowling road tests and reviews the Kia Cerato sedan with specs, fuel economy and verdict. Elvis Presley’s role in the movie Kissin’ Cousins is memorable not for his maligned acting skills but for confirming that some men just shouldn’t go blonde.
But at least it separated the two characters in the film even though most of us – and I’m sorry to spoil the film for those who haven’t seen it – figured out it was the same Elvis in two roles. Much like Hyundai and Kia, the Korean cousins who rarely kiss and insist on dressing in different clothes so buyers can tell them apart. Shared platforms and drivetrains abound with these two but sometimes, just sometimes, there’s enough of a change to make an appreciable difference. VALUE The Cerato sedan is fresh from its February launch in Chicago and though offering more than before, the prices haven’t changed. Neither they should – Cerato is hard up against some fierce rivals in a sector where winners and losers are separated by a few hundred dollars. The SLi sedan tested is the mid-spec model and at $25,990 for the automatic, is the best value. A rear camera, 16-inch alloys with full-size spare and six-speaker audio with Bluetooth are some inclusions. Technically it’s a simple car – though gets an up-spec engine – with the lure being its practicality, good build quality, nice raft of features and top-deck warranty and excellent five-year capped-price service program that includes – if you keep servicing it at a Kia dealership – a five-year roadside assist package. Damn good.