TOYOTA HILUX SR5 4×4
Toyota Hilux SR5 4×4
Hilux lovers will claim that their beloved SR5s are the best utes on the Australian market, and it may be for good reason. For almost two decades the Toyota Hilux has ranked at the top well above comparable models made by Nissan, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Mazda. While it’s still number one, other car companies are doing their best to close the gap.
As far as utes go, the features are rather luxurious including a new stainless steel sports bar in the hub, 18-inch alloy wheels, new cross-members and header board on the tub since previous models, satellite navigation, air conditioning, fog lights, adjustable steering wheel, auto-levelling headlights, 7-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, bluetooth, and DAB+ digital radio.
In addition to the standard type of features, the SR5 also has a cool box that fits up to two 600ml bottles. There is a 220v outlet and 12v power socket for charging electronics, tools, phones etc. This version of the SR5 also has thicker and larger underbody protection plus more direct steering and much improved torsional rigidity so the drive is increasingly more elegant in a ute-like way.
Safety-wise, there are also two ISOFIX child seat anchorage spots in the rear seats, 7 airbags, reverse camera, hill-start assist, trailer sway and downhill control, electronic brake force distribution, anti-lock brakes and electronic rear differential lock. While the SR5 is hailed as the tradies dream, there is no reason it can’t double as a family car.
Rivals: The Hilux is definitely the top choice for anyone looking to buy a ute, but if there were to be a rival it would be the Ford Ranger, the Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara and or the Mazda BT-50.
Engine: 2.8 litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 130 kW and 450 Nm.
Fuel consumption is reported by Toyota as 8.5L/100kms but test drives often find it to be closer to 9.5 or 10 litres.
Towing capacity: up to 3.5 tonnes
Fuel Tank: 80L
Turning circle: 11.8m
At new, the SR5 goes for $55, 990. Asking price for private online sales generally starts around $38,000 and up to $50,000 or even higher depending on the exact addition or extra features an add-ons. This price is also heavily influenced by the number of previous owners, documented service history, kilometres driven, accident history and general wear and tear.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Australia’s best selling ute for good reason. The price matches the value and off-roading capabilities and standard features continue to improve with each new version.
Cons: A bit noisy at low speeds and better crossing tracks with a load in the back, as well as being less flashy aesthetically as the competition.
Made in Thailand, designed by the Japanese, the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton arrived with new updates from its predecessors and a welcomed price cut. This fifth generation Triton is available in the GLS, GLX, and Exceed variations with increasing features and price-tags as you go up.
At entry, you get 16-inch alloys, seven air bags, heavy duty suspension, and the standard bluetooth, aircon, and a trip metre. Opting up a notch for the GLX you’ll get an extra in on your wheels, more than 6-inch touchscreen, standard suspension, dual-zone climate control, side steps, fog lights, and digital radio. The Exceed adds on paddle shifters, keyless entry and start, a bigger touch screen with satellite navigation, leather seats, and electronic differential lock.
In comparison to previous versions, the 2016 Triton has more legroom and general interior space, as well as comfier sits with better back support.
Safety: The Mitsubishi Triton received a full 5-star ANCAP rating.
Engine: 2.4 litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine with either a 6-speed manual transmission or the choice of a 5-speed automatic transmission. It makes 133kW and 430 Nm.
Fuel consumption is reported at 7.2L/100km for manual and 7.6L for automatics. Some test drives report higher rates but it depends on the drive mode and terrain.
Urban carbon emissions for urban tailpipe outputs are reported at 230 g/km.
Warranty is 5 years or 100,000 Kms with servicing at 15,000 or annually. Pricing is capped on servicing.
New models of the Mitsubishi Triton start at $32,490, not including on-road costs, and go up to $47,490, also excluding on-road costs. For single cabs, entry is as low as $24,490. Additional $550 added on for premium exterior colours.
The asking price for used, private sells starts around $11,000 and goes up to $40,000. The price greatly depends on the specific model, number of owners, documented service history, accident history, kilometres driven, extra features, and general wear and tear.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton is one of the newer utes that still requires a timing belt change. You should check with anyone selling a used Mitsubishi Triton to see when this has last been done. Other than that, well cared for Tritons are very reliable vehicles with a good history of owner satisfaction.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Price cut from previous models, roomier and more comfortable with upgraded audio systems. In general, handles city and off-road driving quite well with a better engine than predecessors.
Cons: Slightly low for some of the rougher terrains, can be slow on acceleration, and not the smoothest ride compared to competitors.
Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport AWD
Since it’s launch in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 has been a favourite among sensible SUV drivers, and it has only improved since. Don’t take our word for it though, it is more often than not the top seller amongst SUVs in Australia, and at least in the top ten from month to month. While the medium SUV market keep pumping out new rivals for the CX-5, Mazda seems to be holding its own. Let’s have a look at the details and see why this car makes for a very attractive sale, whether you are on the selling or buying end of the deal.
17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, 7 inch Sat Nav screen, USB and Bluetooth, climate control, cruise control, and privacy glass. It has a rear view camera, and a leather steering wheel but no leather seats or full sized spare wheel. The MZD connect is Mazda’s own idrive system and allows the driver keyless start and rotary dial shortcuts that make busy mornings that much smoother. Road noise tends to be loud on highways and rougher roads but sound-cancelling technology has been much improved since the 2015 version.
The UX infotainment and 6-speaker system makes for relaxing road trips with the family or a more peaceful journey through traffic and rush hour.
The boot measures at 403 L but the middle seats can be folded down to accommodate 1560L. The second row seats have ample room for children and child-seat attachments but also comfortable seat two adults on their own.
$32,790 not including on-road costs a little over $1,000
Option for upgrade to the 2.5 L AWD for $3,000 and another $3,200 for the diesel engine.
Safety Features- Optional Package
While the CX-5 has already earned a Five-star ANCAP rating, $1,230 will give drivers a safety package that truly rivals those of competitors. The pack includes rear-cross traffic alert (incredible for backing out onto busy streets), blind-sport monitoring, auto dimming rear view mirror, and low-speed autonomous braking. It isn’t a self driving car but it sure makes the road a safer place, especially for those with little ones in the back seat. Speaking of children and longer car trips, ISOFIX anchors on the outward pews makes for worry-free car seat mounting, although the CX-5 it is lacking in rear air vents and USB inserts.
Engine and Fuel
2.0 Litre Skyactive engine similar to the ever-popular Mazda3 and makes 114 kW at 6000rpm. The light 1491kgs means we get a little more than the less than punchy engine might otherwise give. There is a $3,000 option to upgrade to the 2.5 Litre All-Wheel-Drive Maxx Sport which makes 138Kw and 250 Nm petrol engine. There is also an option for diesel engine for an additional $3,200. Any way you decide you’ll enjoy the elegant 6-speed auto gear box featuring and enjoyably zippy sports mode.
The 6.4L per 100km that is quoted would make it one of the best in it’s class, and some testers have managed to hit under 7L in their trials, still more economical than the direct competitors.
3 years, unlimited kilometres plus $68-84 in roadside assistance options.
Toyota RAV-4, Subaru Forester, Kia Sportage, Ford Kuga, Hyundai Tuscon. Mazda has enjoyed sitting comfortably at the top of the medium SUVs for decades but new flashy models from the competition are pushing the company to work a little harder for it’s ranking. For now, the CX-5 still beats out the others, but with less of a margin than it once enjoyed.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Excellent design, practicality and value for an SUV
Cons: The FWD is sufficient for around town but lacks punchiness of the AWD 2.5 L option.
Recommendation: Go for both the AWD upgrade and the awesome safety package for the most rewarding buy!
Hyundai Tuscon Elite
Hyundai has been silently gaining traction in the SUV market since 2004 with it’s first small SUV version of the Tucson, already a competitor with the fan favourites CX-5 and Rav-4. In 2016 the Tucson got a makeover and took a step up to the medium SUV category. The version we’re featuring, the Tucson Elite, is one of three engine variations for the Elite version, and one of nine in the overall Tucson spread. If you’re selling or buying a Hyundai Tuscon it’s easy to get lost in all the car lingo and various engine types and fuel rating, not the mention the range of specs. We’ve broken things down for you to get your head around so you can have confidence that you’re making the best decisions when it comes to your Hyundai. The short version: the Tucson makes for a steep rival in the medium SUV market with impressive handling and competitive fuel ratings as well as overall good value for its standard specifications and features. A great car for families, city slickers, as well as those with a little more adventure in their veins.
As mentioned above, the Elite does not stand as a version on its own when it comes to the Hyundai Tucson. While all nine version share the same name, they vary widely when it comes to engines, and naturally, when it comes to price.
Active 2.0 MPi 2WD manual $27,990
Active 2.0 MPi 2WD automatic $30,490
ActiveX 2.0 GDi 2WD manual: $30,490
ActiveX 2.0 GDi 2WD automatic: $32,990
Elite 2.0 MPi 2WD automatic $35,240
Elite 1.6 turbo AWD automatic:$38,240
Elite 2.0 CRDi diesel AWD automatic: $40,240
Highlander 1.6 turbo AWD automatic: $43,490
Highlander 2.0 CRDi diesel AWD automatic: $45,490
The Elite variations of the Tucson go from mid to upper range in terms of cost and come with a choice of petrol, turbo, or diesel engine, all version are automatic transmission.
While there are technically nine variations on the Tucson, when it comes to specs we can basically break it down into three categories; the Active, the Elite, and the Highlander. All share some key standard features, but vary in their own unique ways. Let’s take a closer look.
The Active: This is the Entry-level Tucson, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in finesse. This leather-seated interior also features a 7-inch display screen with bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android auto as well as a multi-modality steering wheel that controls audio as well as cruise control. There is a rear camera and parking sensors, projector beam and dusk-sensing headlights, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels. It comes as either a manual or automatic two-wheel-drive with further engine variations.
The Elite: The Elite is a step up in price point which, for the most part, reflects it’s additional features excluding the cloth trim and the 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a one inch larger touch screen, privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers, a ten-direction electric driver’s seat, dual climate control, electric parking brake, auto wipers and powered tailgate. It also has roof rails and the handy keyless unlocking system plus all of the standard features of the Active as well. It comes as either a petrol two-wheel drive or a turbo or diesel all-wheel-drive.
The Highlander: This is the top end model for the Tucson and does indeed provide additional specs. In addition to the features of the Active and the Elite, the highlander offers six-direction passenger seat positioning, front parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, LED tail lamps and leather seating. It also has an impressive safety package detailed below. It comes as a turbo or diesel all-wheel-drive.
The boot fits 488 Litres in normal position, and up to 1478 with adjustment of the rear seats. True to its name as a medium-size SUV, it is neither too spacious or cramped, but it is slightly smaller than the rival versions of the Mazda and Toyota.
As a major improvement from earlier models, all Tucson’s made after 2015 now receive a 5-star ANCAP rating as opposed to four-star. Whlie all models feature the three top tether anchor points and two ISOFIX fittings for child seats, the Highlander definitely has the most comprehensive safety package. It has an autonomous emergency braking system, lane keeping assistance, blind spot detection for lane change assistance, rear cross traffic assistance, as well as it’s front and rear parking sensors. This is one of the downsides of the lower level Tucson’s, such as the featured Elite, which makes for a weak point when comparing to entry-level variations of its competitors that feature many of these safety specs as a standard.
Engine, Emissions, Warranty
There are a few engine variations but most are 2.0L, 4 cylinder petrol engines with 6-speed automatic transmission. There are two manual options in the Active range, also 6-speed, that make 121kW and 203Nm. The 1.6 L, 4-cylinder turbo petrol has a 7-speed automatic transmission and makes 130kW and 265Nm. The diesel option makes 136kW and 400 Nm.
In terms of emissions, Hyundai’s report is a combined rate of 7.7L per 100km. Several testers came within close range of the estimation and the standards are competitive for medium size SUVs.
In terms of warranty, Hyundai provides and impressive 5 year/unlimited kilometres agreement. Servicing is required every six months or every 7,500 Kms.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Attractive exterior, smooth handling, superb four-cylinder engine and options for manual transmission. Great safety features on the Highlander.
Cons: Dual clutch a little stiff, safety features lacking in the lower-end models considering the price and competition.
Land Rover Discovery Landmark
The Land Rover Discovery has remained an almost un-improvable crowd favourite over it’s long and successful history. The British company knows better than to alter a near-perfect design and has faithfully kept providing the design its driver’s know and love. When the flashy new versions of discovery were unveiled in 2016, some Discovery die-hards may have taken pause, but it seems the new kids on the block only differ cosmetically and have the addition of a few extra specs, plus the new and improved price tag. This limited edition Landmark, and it’s partner, the Graphite, serve as a delectable interim between the Discovery 4, and the Discovery 5 that was still on the horizon. If you’re buying or selling a Land Rover Discovery Landmark, we’ll run through the basics to get your head around and go over what makes it different from the Graphite. Let’s have a look.
Price and Evolution from Predecessors
The price tag on this fancy limited edition vehicle may seem a tad pretentious, but we’ll show you the spread of versions starting with the entry-level Discovery 4 and heading up so you can get an idea of how it compares to the original model.
All are 3.0L V6 engines with 8-speed automatic transmissions but they vary between super-charged (SC), sequential diesel/turbo (SD), and turbo diesel. All of the various acronyms can get confusing, we know. When you see SE it just means Standard Specifications, while HSE means High specification equipment. Now that we’re clear as mud on letters, let’s look at some numbers.
The TDV6 (Diesel engine) ranges from $59,950-$68,860
The SDV6 SE (Diesel engine) ranges from $73,150- $84,040
The SDV6 HSE (diesel engine) ranges from $82,940- $95,370
The SCV6 SE (PULP) ranges from $73,150- $84,040
The SCV6 HSE (PULP) ranges from $82,940-$95,370
Along with the limited edition Landmark we also have the new Graphite, slightly more entry-level if you can call it that at this range. Basically it corresponds to either the TDV6 option and runs for $70,780 or the SDV6 $89,900. You can see how these compare to the Discovery 4 prices above but are slightly more expensive to account for the exterior and interior improvements and probably also it’s “limited-ness”.
Our Landmark rolls in at a steep $106,690, but jumps off from the SCV6 HSE model and has a bunch of extras, but we’ll have a look at all the specs in the next section.
If the vehicles aren’t enough for you as they are, you can tack on some extras for equally special prices. The options are: Digital TV for $1,580, Alpine Sunroof for $3,860, tinted glass for $1,100, rear traffic and blind spot alerts for $700, wade sensing for $340, and active rear locking for $1,060.
The Graphite definitely caters to those who like choice. You can pick between nine body colours and three interior colours while the wheels, grille, and fender vents all enjoy sleek, dark gloss gray finish. It’s rolls around on 19-inch, 7-split spoke alloy wheels plus keyless entry, HDD nav, and a console cooler box if you choose the SDV6.
The Landmark has fender vents, grille, and mirror caps all finished in black and a choice of a humble five body colours. The roof is fitted with brightly finished rails, and the wheels are 20-inch, 5-split-spoke, alloy. You can choose between three colours for the leather interior but leather trimming, dash, and door casings. It’s very flash. The centre console cooler is included along with heated front and rear seats and even a heated steering wheel. Another truly unique feature is the 825W surround sound system that beats out all other Discovery models.
The boot is split with the top half folding up practically into a roof while the bottom comes down flat and can be used to sit on or cook on if you’re out in the bush. Along the the mini-fridge console up front, this makes planning for long day trips or overnights really easy.
The Landmark comes with the impressive Vision Assist pack with automatic high beams, 5-camera surround surveillance, and adaptive Xenon headlights in addition to all of the basic features of the Discovery 4.
The downside is that it doesn’t have an ANCAP rating but it’s got the same specs as the Discovery 3 which scored a four out of five. Room for improvement here.
Engine and Transmission
We’ve covered engines up in the price section but as a reminder for the two limited edition models:
The Graphite comes in either the TDV6 model making 155kW, or the SDV6 with 188kW. The
Landmark comes in either SDV6 or SCV6 HSE making 183kW at 4000 rpm. These both have one more turbo charger compared to the TDV6 models and have a lot more power available for acceleration. All models are 3.0L, 8-speed automatics.
The car feels extremely spacious as a result of the somewhat less attractive design that has harsher edges and less flow. Even tall passengers won’t feel cramped by ceiling space and even though it gets a little cramped by the time you get to the third row, it’s not too bad for a seven-seater SUV. With all this room for people, the boot space is unsurprisingly very small. The good thing is, if you don’t have all three rows filled up you can put down the back seats and have roughly 1260 Litres of space, which is a lot. If you really want to make a little home out of it, the second row also folds down flat and it get incredibly roomy in there. There are also cup holders, bottle holders, and even storage boxes fitted throughout the cabin.
Fuel, Emissions and Warranty
The Landmark’s combined rating has been placed at 8.8L/100kms which is pretty darn good for an off-road SUV weighing 2558kg empty. It also has an estimated 230g/km CO2 emissions average.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Great transmission & engine. Elegant interior, impressive features and extras.
Cons: Older safety & car tech, somewhat of a lag on turbochargers when accelerating.
Ford Focus RS
Let’s get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Focus RS. Whether you’re buying or selling a Ford Focus, you’ll want to know how your car measures up with similar vehicles in its range as well as against models of other brands. Some car buyers value luxury features while others value a solid safety package, and some are more concerned with price and fuel consumption. Whatever your connection to the selling and buying of the Ford Focus, we’re here to equip you with all the info you need to make smart decisions. Hop in and let’s see what we can find out.
While the 2016 Ford Focus range has three distinct versions on offer, all share the same 1.5 litre turbo petrol ecoboost engine detailed in sections below. While the base-level Ambiente model is no longer available in the 2016 range, the Trend is now the cheapest entry making Ford less competitive with similar versions in the Volkswagen Golf range, which is almost a grand less. It’s almost more than $3,000 on top of the previous Trend model.
The Trend: Options for the Hatch Manual at $23,390 or either the Hatch or Sedan Auto at $24,390.
The Sport: Options for the Hatch Manual at $26, 490 or the Hatch Auto for $27,490.
Titanium: Options for the Hatch or Sedan, both auto, at $32,690.
ST: Options for the Hatch manual at $38,990.
The Focus RS comes out at the top of the range with an initial cost of $50,990 which doesn’t include on road costs. You can opt for the 19-inch gloss black alloys and the Michelin Sport Cup tyres for an additional $2,500. While this might seem like quite a leap from the ST version below, it’s actually $9,000 than the RS in the previous run. If you’re not into the base colour, white, then you’ll need to tack on an extra $450 to get the Shadow Black, Nitrous Blue, or Magnetic Grey.
What makes this cost of the RS attractive is it’s comparison to competitors with similar output and features. While it may not have the same flashy connotations as Audi, Mercedes, and BMW, it knocks off as little as $12,000 and as much as $27,000 when looking at models with similar specs.
There is reason that the Ford Focus RS sits at the top of the price mark for the Focus range. Not only has it switched from front to all-wheel-drive, but the engine (detailed below) is much punchier and sportier. Two-thirds of the torque is sent to the back-wheels as part of the electronic all-wheel-drive monitoring system that updates almost twice a second, so this vehicle can handle some serious turns and quick maneuvering. It’s pretty clear why this is considered a performance vehicle, along with the Fiesta and Focus ST, the Falcons XR6 and XR8, and the Mustang V8.
What’s the experience like on the inside? Well you’ve got voice control allowing you to change climate, media, phone calls, and even navigation without moving a finger. You can also leave keys in your pocket with keyless entry and push button start. There is an 8-inch high-res colour touch screen if you like doing thing manually, and driver and passengers alike can enjoy the 9-speaker sound system that corresponds to bluetooth as well as USB and RCA inputs.
Function definitely doesn’t mean skimping on style though as you’ll have 19-inch alloy wheels, a special body kit and fascia made just for the RS, and Recaro shell seats with partial leather interior.
Engine and Transmission
The impressive 2.3L 257kW/440nM ecoboost four-cylinder turbo engine puts it above competitive models Volkswagen Golf R and Mercedes Benz A45 AMG that top out at 206 kW and 265kW respectively. Acceleration from 0-100km is 4.7 seconds, not too shabby.
The amount of torque means only manual transmission will be available for the RS, which contains a 6-speed manual gearbox, staying true to the more classic manual designs. The Focus RS also has a new and unique “drift mode” that allows drivers to oversteer without losing control, for a bit of fun. Professional rally driver Ken Block made the RS famous for this whirling drift mode by sending it into sliding circles, smoke pouring from the tyres. You don’t need to pull any stunts like this but it’s cool to tell people that you can.
While we often think of sports cars as having tiny little compartments we have to squish ourselves into, let’s not forget that the RS is still a hatchback. We’ve got five doors and about 260 litres of cargo space. That isn’t too bad but it’s almost 60 L less than earlier models. If you’re not too tall, you’ll enjoy the comfy seats, but you won’t get any vertical adjustment in this car.
This is probably the biggest area lacking in the Focus RS (other than the gigantic 11.8 metre turning radius). It unfortunately does not have AEB, rear cross traffic monitoring, lane keep and lane departure assistance or auto high beam headlamps. It does have rear view cameras and six airbags as well as the SYNC2 system that connects to emergency services but these would seem to be the very basics when it comes to some safety packages.
Ford claim that combined consumption is around 7.7L per 100kM but several independent tests found it to be much higher, especially if you’re doing donuts in the carpark.
3 years and 100,000kms basic warranty.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Well priced and extremely powerful.
Cons: Lacking in safety features, huge turning radius, and very stiff tracking.
Kia Cerato Si
The 2016 Kia Cerato Si is one of four in this safe and incredibly affordable range. If you’re selling or buying any versions of the Kia Cerato, it’s important to know what sets them apart from each other as well as competitor vehicles. We’ve laid out the varying prices and features so you’ll get a good idea of where the Cerato Si sits in its family. If you’re selling a Kia and you know you want someone else to deal with the hassle, make an enquiry with us today. We offer cash for cars so that selling a Kia doesn’t come with an instruction manual!
The Cerato Si may not be the cheapest of the line up but there are definitely benefits that come with the upper range models. We’ll talk about specs shortly but for now let’s see what kind of cash you’d need for the brand new vehicles.
Kia Cerato S, the entry level model and driveaway cost is $19,990, add $500 to get extra specs
Kia Cerato S premium is the next step up with driveaway set at $24,990.
Kia Cerato Si is second to the top and will cost $28,990.
Kia Cerato SLi is top of the range at a driveaway cost of $32,490.
If we compare with a few competitor models you’d measure up with a Mazda 3 at $20,490, the Hyundai i30 at $18,990, or the Toyota Corolla at $19,790, all entry-level prices. The Kia Cerato S sits in the middle, roughly the same as the Corolla. The Cerato Si might be matched with the Mazda 3 Touring which costs $29,005, or the VW Golf Comfortline at $29,990.
The Cerato Si is in the upper middle range for good reason. While even the base level enjoys 16-inch alloy wheels, 3.5 inch touch screen display, keyless entry and parking sensors, the Si goes a bit further. The Si interior is generally more upscale with leather trim, navigation, dusk-sensing headlights and Android Auto connected to the 7-inch multimedia unit. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of more luxurious makes, it does pretty well for its price tag.
We mentioned some of its comparable rivals in its price range above, but considering these specs you could also size it up against the Holden Cruze, Subaru Impreza, or even the Nissan Pulsar.
The boot holds from 385 to 657 litres depending on whether the read seats are up or down and the whole body is 4350 by 1780mm. There are front and back cup holders as well as bottle holders fitted into doors. It feels rather spacious as a passenger without cramping the leg space or looming to low overhead. Some drivers do find however that the seats were set just a little too high.
All Kia Cerato models have achieved the full 5-star ANCAP rating, staying true to their growing reputation as a safe vehicle. However, some reviewers found that the safety package was lacking in comparison to come rival vehicles. For instance, there is no AEB included and even the mid-range models do not come with a rear camera.
If you do have an Si then you’ll also enjoy rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot detection. If you splurge on the top of the range SLi then you will also receive forward collision and lane-departure warning systems. While this line may seem to be slightly underwhelming, the high ANCAP rating reassures us that the extras may just be luxury items and that Kia has provided all we really need.
Engine and Transmission
If the engine is your main concern as a driver then you won’t have to look beyond the entry level Cerato S. All four vehicles in the range now come with the standard 2.0L 4cyl petrol engine, only in front wheel drive. It makes 112 kW and 192 nM. All come with a 6-speed auto transmission except the S which also has a manual edition for the same price.
Consumption and Emissions
While the Cerato Si has the standard engine, it is set up with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter. Driving this around gives a combined fuel rating of 7.1L per 100km according to Kia. C02 emissions are listed at 168g/km.
Cerato’s require annual servicing, or every 15,000kms, which has capped costs of $2,734. Seems a little high? Well the total represents a warranty covering seven years! This is one area where Kia shines as most drivers of rival models won’t get above three years.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Safe and affordable.
Cons: Old tech engine lacks efficiency, no AEB.