The 2019 Kia Cerato GT Hatch is a sporty fast and low-slung car, but can it make a good BabyDrive? Let's find out…
Well, I'd better tell you it got a lot of attention that I was not prepared for! But then it is a very sporty and good looking car! I drove the Kia Cerato Sport sedan model a few weeks earlier, which was nowhere near as good-looking or as fun to drive as the GT Hatch.
Let's start off with the practicalities; it will fit two child seats in the back and I could not sit between the two child seats. The child seats are quite easy to install once you have got them through the doorways, but the low roofline makes it tight to post the large car seats in!
Two forward or rear-facing child seats fitted and we could sit a 180cm driver in front of a rear-facing seat.
There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seat backs and these were easy to reach and fasten across the boot.
Storage is good in the front; there are two good-sized cup holders in the central console that hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup and behind that is a large central console storage box. The rest of the storage is compact but mostly practical as all the door bins hold a large refillable water bottle, there is a sunglasses holder and the glove box would hold my wallet with the manual, but an iPad wouldn't fit.
In front of the gear lever is a two-tiered phone storage well with USB, AUX and 12V sockets.
In the back, there is a single net map pocket on the back of the front passenger's seat that I could put an iPad in but it wouldn't conceal it. The fold-down armrest in the central seat back has two cup holders and will fit both reusable and disposable coffee cups.
For a sporty hatch, the boot size is pretty impressive, holding eleven shopping bags from empty. All sizes of strollers up to double and twin all fitted in the boot with the parcel shelf in place and a few shopping bags. The Cerato GT Hatch holds four less shopping bags than the Kia Cerato Sedan and one more than the Kia Cerato Sport and one more than the Hyundai i30 Fastback N.
The media system is really good in the Cerato GT Hatch, it is really simple to use and to navigate and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The interior is very nicely styled, with charcoal sporty shaped, hugging seats with red stitching and contrast details.
The Kia Cerato GT Hatch is SUCH an enjoyable car to drive especially when you are on the country roads on your own! I found over the week the low roofline made it a little too head bumping when getting kids in and out of the back to be a practical family car!
The Kia Cerato GT Hatch was given a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2018. The bottom spec model Kia Ceratos have a four-star ANCAP safety rating because it lacks some of the safety assist feature necessary to gain five-stars. All models have six airbags as standard.