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Kia Cerato wait times: up to six month delays in Australia for all hatch and sedan variants


For Australians interested in purchasing a new Kia Cerato, be aware that there will be a wait of up to six months no matter what variant of the small car you choose

The Kia Cerato remains a popular choice for buyers in the Australian small car segment. Kia’s Corolla rival sold well in 2021, with 18,114 examples of the Cerato being driven off showroom floors last year. 

The Cerato didn’t sell as quite as strongly as the Toyota Corolla (28,768 sales) or Hyundai i30 (25,575 sales) but it did beat the Mazda 3 (14,126 units) as the Honda Civic which sold just 2950 examples throughout the year. 

With Kia’s competitive pricing as well as stock issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Cerato models are in high demand, so Kia Australia tells us that it will be up to a six month wait for a new Cerato.

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The Kia Cerato family has a wait time of up to six months

The six month delay for a new Cerato delivery applies to all variants and for both the sedan and hatchback body style, according to Kia Australia’s media and corporate communications manager Alyson MacDonald. 

The Kia Cerato is priced from $27,490 driveaway in Australia for the entry level S variant and works its way up to the top of the line GT grade which is priced at $37,990 driveaway. 

Kia Cerato engines and equipment in Australia 

There are four variants to choose from when you are shopping for a Kia Cerato: S, Sport, Sport+ and GT. 

Two engines are available for the Cerato lineup, the first of which is a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 112kW of power and 192Nm of torque. This engine is available on S, Sport and Sport+ grades and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. 

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The GT hatch gains 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-link rear suspension and a 1.6-litre turbo four

The second engine is a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a higher output of 150kW/265Nm. It is exclusively mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In terms of standard safety, all Cerato models come fitted with front, front-side and curtain airbags, lane-keep assist, AEB with pedestrian detection, lane-follow assist, rear-occupant alert, driver attention alert and a reversing camera. 

The optional safety pack includes AEB with cyclist and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and a safe exit warning. 

Kia Cerato 2021 Sport+ engine
This 2.0-litre engine is found in all S, Sport and Sport+ variants

Standard features on the base Cerato S include an 8.0-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster screen, cruise control, six-speaker sound system, air conditioning, automatic headlights, tyre pressure monitoring and 16-inch steel wheels. 

The Cerato Sport grade adds to this with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, leatherette-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and 17-inch alloy wheels. 

The Cerato Sport+ adds keyless entry, leather-appointed and heated seats and dual-zone climate control. 

Kia Cerato 2021 Sport+ interior
Cerato Sport and above gains a 10.25-inch touchscreen for infotainment

The top of the range Cerato GT features the 1.6-litre turbo engine, 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, multi-link rear suspension, LED headlights and tail lights, leather-appointed sports trim, wireless phone charging, eight-speaker JBL sound system, dual exhaust, alloy pedals, paddle shifters and a sunroof. 

Wait times can differ from time to time so stay tuned with Chasing Cars for all updates regarding future wait times. 

Kia Cerato 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are driveaway.

Hatch and sedan prices are the same. 

  • S auto: $27,490
  • S auto with safety pack: $28,990
  • Sport auto: $29,490
  • Sport auto with safety pack: $30,990
  • Sport+ auto: $33,190
  • GT DCT: $37,990