Technology · August 5, 2022

2022 Kia Cerato GT turbo hatch on test

Want an interesting hatchback without the expense – and compromise – of a high performance hot hatch? Kia’s Cerato GT could be the car for you.

VALUE

Performance and features are central to the appeal of Kia’s Cerato GT, the most expensive model in Kia’s small car range.

With a factory price starting at $37,990, it’s about $10,000 more than the entry-level Cerato.

But the GT justifies its cost with a more powerful engine, sportier suspension, a handful of cosmetic touches, and a long list of standard features like leather seats and an eight-speaker JBL stereo.

The seven-year Kia unlimited mileage warranty is similarly generous. But the limited price of the Cerato GT is a little pricey at around $470 per year, while the turbocharged engine’s 6.8L/100km fuel economy is thirst for a car of this size.

COMFORT

Aimed at customers looking for a full-featured machine with a sporty side, the Cerato GT isn’t particularly plush.

It rides on 18-inch wheels with a lower and stiffer suspension than regular models, and also has a throaty exhaust note and high-performance rubber that produces more road noise than regular tires.

It’s not a sedan. But it’s more luxurious than many other cars of its size, thanks to features like heated and cooled sports seats, dual-zone climate control, sunroof and more.

Operating the 10.25-inch infotainment screen with wireless charging and smartphone mirroring is hassle-free – you drop your phone in the right place and the car automatically charges its battery while key functions are displayed on the central screen .

SAFETY

It should come as no surprise that this car is crammed with safety gear – Active Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and more.

There are clever touches you won’t find in most small cars, such as: B. A safe exit warning system that pays attention to traffic when passengers open their doors. There are also safety benefits in bigger brakes, firmer suspension and premium Michelin tires that deliver sharper reactions in emergency situations.

DRIVE

Powered by a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine, the Cerato GT has an impressive 150 kW and 265 Nm peaks, which ensure above-average acceleration. A flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters mated to its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission hints at sporting intentions.

We call this type of car a “warm hatch,” one with more muscle and better reflexes than most cars in this class, but not with the uncompromising focus (and $50,000 price tag) of properly performing cars. Kia chose to fit solid shocks into the Cerato, resulting in impressive balance when pressed – and a harder-than-expected ride on bumpy roads.

Real hot hatches like the VW Golf GTI and Hyundai i30 N feature sophisticated multi-mode electronic suspension that allows the driver to dial in suspension settings from mild to wild, but Cerato owners have to live with a bumpy ride on every ride .

ALTERNATIVES

Mazda3 G25 SP, starting at around $35,900
drive away

Beautiful looks, impressive dynamics and a 2.5 liter engine combine in an attractive package.

Hyundai i30 N-Line Premium, from around $38,400 Drive-Away

Same turbo engine and generous equipment as the Kia, but a less sporty attitude.

Ford Fiesta ST starting at around $37,500
drive away

Smaller than the Cerato, but gripping handling and a charming engine.

VERDICT

Four stars

The Kia Cerato GT is well equipped and fun to drive. It’s a great option for people looking for a sporty ride without breaking the bank.

KIA CERATOGT

PRICE $37,990 to drive away

ENGINE 1.6 liter 4-cylinder turbo, 150 kW and 265 Nm

WARRANTIES 7 years / unlimited km, approx. $3300 for 7 years

SAFETY Six airbags, automatic emergency braking, active cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert

THIRST 6.8L/100km

BOOTS 428 liters

SPARE PART space saving

Originally posted as Why Kia’s “warm hatch” is the Goldilocks option