The all-new Kia Cerato Sadan is here and I get to test it for its family friendliness for BabyDrive! Sedans always come up short against SUVs for their low roof lines but exceed with their boot space, so let's find out how good the Kia Cerato Sedan measures up as a BabyDrive…
Well, I have to start with the boot… I could not open the boot from the back of the car… I literally went out to the car on a hot daycare morning, in a rush and arms laden with all my daughter's STUFF and could not open the boot door! I felt all around for a button and could not find it! My husband could hear me cursing from the house and called out of the window laughing, you have to open it with the key! I was kicking under the car wondering if it had kick-open!!?? For the whole week, I opened the boot using the key or the lever inside the cab. I have since been told by Kia that the opening button IS on the camera unit on the boot, none of us found it, BUT of course, if you bought one you would be shown in the showroom where it is!
While we're at that end of the car, let's talk about the boot capacity, once I'd got it open the boot was a very good size and would hold 15 shopping bags. That's comparable to the Toyota Camry Sedan which held 16 shopping bags and the Kia Stinger which held 13 shopping bags Amazing because both those cars are much bigger than the Cerato! All sizes of strollers I tested, single, twin and tandem all fitted in the boot with a good amount of shopping bags.
Space inside the cabin was good too but the roofline is low and this caused some head bump issues! The door opening slope down considerably at the back which made posting bubs into child seats tricky. I could only fit two child seats in the back of the Cerato Sedan, I found I couldn't fit a third in between them.
There is ISOFix in the two outer rear seats; they are not within plastic guides and are really quite buried in the seat cushions, while the top tethers are in the fixed parcel shelf behind all three headrests. I found them extremely difficult to connect and disconnect purely because of their location. There is very little space to work in and I found removing the headrests while I installed the child seats and then putting them back in after made it slightly easier.
With a rear-facing child seat installed, the legroom was still good in the front and a 180cm passenger could still sit in front of them, with 28cm of knee room.
The Media system in the Kia Cerato Sedan is really good, it's easy to connect your phone to and super easy to use and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too!
The sat-nav is easily navigated and the announcements easily muted with a button on the left side of the screen.
The reversing camera image is nice and large and clear. You can't mute the sensor noise but you can turn the parking sensors off altogether with a button in the central console.
Storage was quite good in the front of the Kia Cerato Sedan with well-sized door bins that hold a large refillable water bottle, two cup holders that hold re-usable and disposable coffee cups and a large refillable water bottle. The central console storage box is small but there was a convenient well in front of the gear lever that I found good for a phone and there is a second little shelf above that too. Also, a glasses case in the ceiling and the glove box was not enormous but held an iPad and wallet with the manual.
In the back storage is more limited with just a small door pocket that I could just squeeze my large refillable water bottle into and a fold-down armrest with two cup holders in, there are no map pockets in the back of the Kia Cerato Sedan.
I found the new Kia Cerato Sedan a great car to drive, it is very comfortable and the only downside is it is quite loud and revvy when you are accelerating up hills.
The 2018 Kia Cerato Sedan has not yet been rated by ANCAP. It comes with six airbags as standard and has seatbelt reminders for all seats.