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The Kia Cerato K3 is handsome but how well does it perform?

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Meet the K3 from the front and you will be greeted by the business-like stare of the prominent nose, large headlamps and new bumper, a far cry from the unassertive looks of its rivals like the Subaru Impreza, Honda Civic and the Toyota Altis.

The teardrop side profile matches the shape of the rear lights, which gives it a modern and sophisticated appearance overall. Very European indeed.

Kia is one of the world’s most progressive car brands, having improved its models significantly almost every year. They are one of the most attractive car brands you can buy today - European design with features more complete than the competition with every new model.

The attractive design has to do with the fact that the company’s president and chief design boss is Peter Schreyer, an ex-Audi designer, who is working alongside Luc Donckerwolke, the former design director of the Volkswagen Group. Donckerwolke is responsible for the looks of the Kia Stinger and as you can see, that design is now translated into the Cerato K3.

Gets better inside

The sophisticated appearance continues inside, where the borderless dashboard takes on a solid wedge shape, dominated by a large screen in the middle, typical of cars produced in Europe, with buttons and vents nondescript and tactile, adding to the sense of overall quality. The ambiance inside is that of a much larger car, which exudes luxury and well-being.

You will also find features usually found in luxury models such as driver and front passenger seat ventilation, metal foot pedals and Drive Mode Select that allows you to toggle between Eco, Normal and Sport mode to suit your needs and wants according to your driving mood.

Luxurious drive

The K3’s 1.6-litre DOHC Dual CVVT engine has only adequate power when compared to rivals like the Honda Civic but it does the job. It runs smooth and quiet most of the time, even at low revs, which isn’t the case with its Japanese competition. The K3’s 6-speed gearbox does well to track the engine speed even when overtaking.

Safety assured

With 6 airbags and an Electronic Stability Control as standard, you can take long drives with confidence.

Kia also provides a peace of mind with a 5-year mileage warranty (10 years on engine alone) which will put you to a good start when purchasing the car.


Handsome looks, luxurious accommodation, warranty and safety assured. The Kia Cerato K3 is a worthwhile proposition for any family looking for a four-door sedan that does it all.

Insurance matters

Cost to insure with Budget Direct Insurance.

A comprehensive plan for a 45-year-old married man with 10 years driving experience and a 50% No Claim Discount, driving a 2016 Kia Cerato 1.6 will cost around $462.

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*Premiums shown are indicative. Actual premiums may vary based on various factors. 

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