2015 Kia Cerato | new car review

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 by
2015 Kia Cerato
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 56,900 - 79,900
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 75%

Review Summary:

Available as a , sedan, and , there's a 2015 Cerato to suit everyone.


* Unique styling for each body style is a nice touch.
* Rear A/C vents are a great addition.


* Simplistic dashboard design is a slight let down in comparison to the exterior styling.


The compact Korean car has travelled the world and is referred to as the Spectra in the USA, Forte in a few other parts of the world, and the Cerato in the Middle East. Available as a Hatchback, Sedan and Coupe, the Cerato is the only nameplate in the brand’s lineup to have three different body styles. Apart from the design of the headlights, there isn’t a whole lot that is common between all three, as far as the exterior is concerned. Subtle differences in the fog lamps, rear diffusers, the shape of the taillights and rear spoilers make each one unique.

2015 Kia Cerato side


The interior of the 2015 Kia Cerato is composed of simplistic designs and even simpler materials. The dashboard features artificial carbon fiber trim that starts near the driver’s door and forms a wave like motif until nearing the centre of the dashboard. Passengers riding in the back of the Cerato are likely to be equally comfortable in the Sedan, Hatchback or Coupe, as all three provide 913mm of legroom as well as rear A/C vents.

2015 Kia Cerato interior


The Cerato is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension and features a dual-path strut insulator to disperse shocks and vibrations and enhance steering stability. Additionally, the newly introduced Flex Steer system provides three driving modes (Comfort, Normal and Sport) that deliver the appropriate level of steering assistance for different driving conditions.

2015 Kia Cerato rear

What’s on offer?

The Cerato Sedan and Hatchback receive the same powerhouses under the hood. The 1.6 litre engine produces 128 horsepower and 157 Nm of torque, while the bigger 2.0 litre engine produces 159 horsepower and 194 Nm of torque. The Coupe on the other hand steps it up a notch as the 1.6 litre turbocharged unit produces 201 horsepower and 265 Nm of torque, while the normally aspirated 2.0 litre engine produces 159 horsepower and 194 Nm of torque. Both engines in all three body styles are mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission and offer paddle shifters to enhance the feeling of driving.

2015 Kia Cerato front

Summing it…

The sedan to transport a small family, the hatchback for slightly more practicality, and the coupe for when it’s time to hit the town with mates. From the looks of it, the Cerato offers something for everyone, and with a price tag ranging from AED 56,900 to AED 79,900, it’s reasonable too!

2015 Kia Cerato rear


Specifications2015 Kia Cerato 1.6L2015 Kia Cerato 1.6L Turbo2015 Kia Cerato 2.0L
Engine/ Cylinders1.6 litre / 4 cyl1.6 litre turbocharged / 4 cyl2.0 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
128 hp @ 6,300 RPM201 hp @ 6,000 RPM159 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Max Torque
157 Nm @ 4,800 RPM265 Nm @ 4,500 RPM194 Nm @ 4,800 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h12.0 secs7.4 secs10.5 secs
Top speed190 km/h220 km/h210 km/h
PriceAED 56,900 - 72,900AED 79,900AED 71,900 - 79,900

7 Responses to 2015 Kia Cerato | new car review

  1. Sufi Reply

    July 8, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Hey ! I need to know your point of view on the following cars 🙂

    Hyundai elantra , veloster , sonata , tucson, santa fe

    Kia picanto , rio , optima , sportage

    Nissan micra , tiida , sunny and sentra

    Mitsubishi mirage , attrage , lancer

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      July 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Sufi, search for the respective car on our site. All of them have already been reviewed.

  2. sameer mohammed Reply

    January 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

    IF ABS is not available then how applying the sudden breaks on slippery roads will managed.
    Is that a Drawback in KIA CERATO 1.6 EX PWR A/T

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      January 6, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Sameer,

      The 2015 Kia Cerato 1.6L is equipped with ABS, Electronic Stability Control, and Vehicle Stability Management as well. With all three systems working in harmony, jamming the brakes in the case of an emergency means the brakes will not lock, and steering the vehicle in the intended direction will still be possible.



      • sameer Reply

        January 22, 2015 at 6:48 pm

        In this particular model i have been told that there is no ABS
        KIA CERATO 1.6 EX PWR A/T

        Is it safe to buy this model

      • Bule Reply

        November 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm


        How different is the 2014 model to the 2015 model in terms of performance?

  3. sameer mohammed Reply

    January 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

    in KIA CERATO 1.6 EX PWR A/T there is a ABS available or not?

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