I have now owned my 2018 Kia Cerato S for two years and have covered 32,000 kilometres.
The Cerato runs a two-litre four-cylinder motor putting out 112Kws (150bhp), driving the front wheels via a smooth six-speed auto with semi-manual override available.
The car has averaged 6L/100km (45mpg) over my time of ownership.
Pretty respectable for a car that is around the same size as the original Commodore.
The Cerato has a strong level of safety equipment, including autonomous emergency braking, driver attention alert warning, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, lane-keep assist (I find this very annoying as it can tug on the steering wheel at inappropriate times) and reversing camera, all of which come standard.
Six airbags and tyre pressure monitoring are likewise included, and join 16-inch steel wheels (space-saver spare), air-conditioning, cloth seats, cruise control and a six-way adjustable driver's seat.
The car has performed well over the two years with no complaints.
It's a safe, easy car to drive.
After long trips to and from Sydney we arrive refreshed and generally without back pain.
My rating after two years of ownership is 8.5/10.
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