Following the launch of the booted Kia Cerato; the automaker has brought its five-door variant to our market hoping to take on favourites like the Volkswagen Golf.

Pricing starts at R229 995 for the 1.6 EX and R259 995 for the 2.0 EX. The range-topping 2.0 SX comes in at R298 995. Add roughly R10 000 if you want an automatic transmission.

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Being a Kia, there’s no dearth of standard gear. Even in “basic” EX guise, it boasts LED daytime running lights, cruise control, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, six airbags, fog lights and electric windows for all. The 2.0 EX features leather seats and park distance control.

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Opt for the top-tier SX derivative and you get niceties like dual zone climate control, alloy pedals, reverse camera, keyless entry and hill-start assist. Power from the 1.6-litre petrol engine is rated at 95kW and 157Nm, while the 2-litre mill produces 118kW and 194Nm of torque.

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Included in the price is Kia’s five-year/150 000-kilometre warranty and five-year/90 000-kilometre service plan. There’s also roadside assistance for three years, with unlimited mileage.