2021 Kia Cerato GT Line Review: Waxing Lyrical

Derryn Wong

Navigate the rest of this review:
2.Design and Appearance
3.Interior and Features
4.Space, Practicality and Safety
5.Driving Experience
6.Competitors and Conclusion

6. Competitors and Conclusion

Sedans may have been outsold by SUVs in the first half of 2021, but the mainstream sedan segment is still one of the hardest fought in Singapore.

The Cerato’s longtime rival is the Hyundai Avante, which it closely matches for price at every trim level, though the Kia is now S$1k less expensive at S$103,999 with COE. The Avante has evolved into a more coupe-like car, so its interior is more intimate, and the rear headroom a little less, though it does have a digital instrument display. With the Cerato upping its in-car-and- safety tech game, the two are neck and neck now.

On paper we also have the Japanese sedans, all of which are very capable and keenly priced. To get a better idea of how they stand, check out our Best Mainstream Sedans guide.


The new Cerato is a great-looking car that drives well and solidly ticks all the mainstream sedan boxes. It’s also added numerous new features to its already mile-long list of pluses, though conventional power stops it from gaining an obvious advantage over the rest of the segment.

The 1.6-litre petrol-only drivetrain is a workhorse, but one that’s showing its age. Our bet is, this is the last Cerato to have petrol-only power here, or bust.

Singaporeans like their mainstream cars ‘fierce’ in appearance, and not so fierce on the wallet. That’s exactly what the Cerato does, though buyers should value its technology and safety boosts the most.

Kia Cerato GT Line 

Engine1,591cc, inline 4
Power128hp at 6300rpm
Torque155Nm at 4500rpm
Gearbox6-speed automatic 
0-100km/h11.6 seconds 
Top Speed195km/h
Fuel Efficiency6.6L/100km
VES Band B / –
AgentCycle & Carriage Kia 
PriceS$103,999 with COE and VES
Verdict Mainstream buyers will love the new badge and looks, but should value the safety and tech boosts most of all. Still an utterly capable mainstream sedan

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4-door 5 seat Cerato gt line Kia petrol sedan

About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's former chief editor was previously the editor for Top Gear Singapore and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment.

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