Road ramblings with Chris Goodsell

Chris with the Kia Cerato S.
Chris with the Kia Cerato S.

My latest long term road test car and purchase is a Kia Cerato S.

112KW(150bhp) 192Nm, 6.7l/100ks (40mpg) from the two litre four cylinder motor.

Six speed auto with sequential shift.

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The S gets autonomous emergency braking (AEB), forward collision warning (FCW) and lane-keeping aid (LKA) active safety, plus an 8.0-inch screen with reversing camera, parking sensors at both ends, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and cruise control. 

You can drive the car via three driving modes.

Kia's industry leading seven year unlimited kilometre warranty is a real winner.

After owning the car for a little over a week impressions are positive.

The car's fit out is excellent, seats are comfortable and supportive.

Legroom in the rear is excellent.

Boot capacity also very good.

While they say the Kia is a small car it is actually bigger than a family sedan many regard as the best Holden ever produced, the 1963 EH Holden.

The Cerato is 129mm longer, 73mm wider and weighs 168Kgs more than the legendary EH.

Performance is not comparable as the EH's 6 cylinder pumped out about 115bhp while the Cerato's four cylinder peaks at 150bhp..

It really shows how far cars have come both in dimensions and development.

I’ve got a couple of copies of Joel Wakely’s magnificent new book ‘A Passion for Muscle Cars’ to giveaway.

This coffee table book is valued at $50. To be in the draw send me an email to with your name and address.

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