The 2022 Kia Cerato GT Hatch is a sporty, fast and fun little car, but is it any good for families or do you need an SUV? Let's find out and put it through our BabyDrive testing…
I really like the 2022 Kia Cerato GT Hatch. It's youthful and there's no frumpy mum bus feeling about this car. It's light and agile and a lot of fun with and without the kids onboard!
When it comes to family use, the Kia Cerato GT is not as impractical as you might think! I could fit three Infasecure child seats in the back, which is very impressive for a car of this size! It was a tight squeeze and a bit of a juggle getting three kiddies in and out of the back but it is possible if you really need to!
I tried a few seat combinations, here I installed two Infasecure Attain More child seats in the outer seats and an Aspire More booster seat in the central seat. With just two child seats installed in the back, it is more spacious and comfortable. Legroom is good in the Kia Cerato GT and with rear-facing child seats fitted, we could sit a 180cm driver in front of a rear-facing seat and 188cm tall person on the passenger side.
There are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seatbacks. These were easy to access through the boot.
While we are talking practicality, the boot size is pretty impressive for a sporty hatch. It will comfortably hold a twin or tandem pram in the boot with a couple of bags of shopping.
Storage inside the cabin is good throughout. In the front, the glovebox is a practical size and the door bins will hold a refillable water bottle. There are two cup holders and there is a glasses case in the ceiling as well as two phone storage shelves in the central console.
In the back, there is a single net map pocket on the back of the front passenger's seat and a USB socket in the back of the central console box.
There are two cup holders in the central fold-down armrest but the rear door bins are small, only holding a 600ml bottle.
There are aircon vents in the back of the central console, which is great for keeping rear passengers the right temperature while driving along.
The media system is really easy to use in the Cerato GT Hatch and it has some great features for families too.
One of these is Sounds of Nature, which is white noise at your fingertips and really handy when driving little ones around, helping to keep them calm and sleepy!
Quiet Mode is great too because you can bring the sound from the rear speakers to the front really easily if kids are on devices or have fallen asleep in the back.
The Kia Cerato GT has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too, so you can easily connect and access your phone's navigation, messaging and listening apps while driving.
In front of the gear lever are two-tiered phone shelves with 12V, AUX and USB ports and a wireless phone charging pad on the top shelf.
The reversing camera image is nice and clear and you can turn the parking sensors off easily in the central console too.
The interior is very nicely styled, featuring charcoal sporty shaped seats with red stitching and contrast piping details.
The Kia Cerato GT Hatch is a great car to drive, it's compact and the turning circle is small so it's great for around town and school drop-offs. You can select Sports Mode, which gives you a sporty and throaty engine noise while you are driving. The main downside is that it has quite a hard ride, which can be uncomfortable for kids in the back (but enjoyable for big kids in the front!!)
Interestingly, with my family of four, the Kia Cerato GT Hatch had everything we needed for our daily life. It is a really enjoyable car to drive with and without the family onboard! It held our two child seats (and a third when we needed to carry a friend), our pram fitted nicely in the boot and both Hubby and I could fit in the front seats with ample legroom.
This car seems to be trying its hardest to prove you don't need a big SUV when you have a family and that a sporty little hatch can pass the family test too!
The Kia Cerato GT Hatch was given a five-star ANCAP safety for models built from April 2021. The bottom-spec model Kia Ceratos have a four-star ANCAP safety rating because they lacks some of the safety assist feature necessary to gain five stars. All models have six airbags as standard; dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags are standard.