The Kia Cerato was awarded 2016 Australia's Best Small Car under $35,000 and is a popular little car! I am keen to see how it is as a family car and give it our BabyDrive testing!!
The Cerato gets big ticks for interior space! Even with a rear-facing child seat installed, there was 26cm of knee room in the front passenger seat!
The boot was surprisingly practical too. I could fit 10 shopping bags from empty which is the same as in the Hyundai i30, one less than the Mazda3 and Honda Civic and two less than the Holden Astra. But I was more surprised to find I could fit the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller in the boot with a shopping bag, so the shape of the boot space was very user-friendly!
Storage inside the cabin is basic but practical and cup holders and door bins are well sized. There's a well for your phone with USB, AUX and 12V sockets in the front, decent sized central console storage box and glove box. A lined glasses case is in the ceiling and there are extendable visors with vanity mirrors too. In the back, the Cerato has no map pockets but it does have two cup holders and good size door bins.
For installing child seats in the back, there are ISOFix points in each of the outer rear seats. I was disappointed with how hidden they were between the seat cushioning and not very easily accessible. The central seatbelt also came in front of one of the anchor points, which made it even more difficult to connect.
There are three top tether anchor points in the boot floor and I found I needed an extension strap for the rear-facing Britax Graphene child seat. I also found I had to bring the seat backs forward slightly to post the top tether hook through to the boot as the gap between the seat back and parcel shelf was not big enough to post it through. But they were easily connected once the straps had passed through into the boot.
Two child seats fitted in the back really nicely, in the outer seats. There was definitely no room for a third, or for a person to sit between them but I just couldn't get over how spacious the interior of the Cerato was with two child seats installed! There is a fantastic amount of legroom for a car of this size! Also for a forward facing child seat with a 185cm driver in front, they still have a really big amount of legroom too!
The media touch screen system is okay, it is basic but it has sat-nav and is easy to navigate. The Cerato also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which just makes life so simple!
The Cerato is a surprisingly nippy little motor car! The engine squeals and revs when trying to decide which gear to select when you accelerate but apart from that it is great around town and you have no worries for parking because it's so small!
As a basic and practical family car and a BabyDrive, the Cerato is hard to go past with its low price and seven-year warranty! It is SO generous with space inside and the boot is practical too fitting a twin stroller! It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. If you are a family of four, do mostly around town driving and the occasional long run then it's an amazing amount of practicality and car for the price!
The Kia Cerato got a 5-star ANCAP safety rating in 2014. It comes with six airbags as standard.