KIA Cerato vs Corolla vs Civic | Pakistani market bracing for tough competition?
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- KIA Cerato is gearing to enter the Pakistani auto market’s 1300cc-1800cc segment.
- Some speculate that Cerato is going to give a very tough competition to market leaders Toyota and Honda.
- Since 2018, KIA has made a major impact on Pakistan’s auto sector and the South Korean company continues to establish a strong foothold.
Toyota and Honda have dominated Pakistan’s 1300cc-1800cc auto segment for almost three decades. However, this year marks the arrival of a new entrant that might change the game – The KIA Cerato.
The news went viral when four KIA cars were spotted in Karachi. Under the slogan #WeAreUnstoppable, the company drove these cars across the metropolitan.
The KIA Cerato was one of the cars in the quad, and social media went abuzz with speculations as to whether KIA was bringing the car to Pakistan. Soon, reports confirmed that KIA, the South Korean company, is all set to launch its Cerato in the country soon.
It should be noted that since the introduction of Pakistan’s First Automotive Development Policy (ADP) in 2016, many new actors have turned to Pakistan. KIA entered Pakistan in 2018 and made a major impact on the local market.
It is undoubtedly establishing a concrete base in the country’s auto sector. KIA Sportage already rules Pakistan’s SUV segment, Picanto shows a strong presence in the 1000cc segment, and now KIA is set to take on the 1300cc-1800cc segment.
According to Pakwheels.com, here is everything we should be expecting from KIA Cerato (salient features in comparison with Toyota and Honda):
A 1.6L Engine:
KIA Cerato flaunts a 1.6L engine under the hood. Alongside this, the vehicle offers both automatic and manual transmission. This feature makes Cerato a direct competitor of Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6L.
Cerato produces 121hp at 6,000 RPM and 157Nm torque at 5,000 RPM, while Altis produces 120 hp at 6000 RPM and 154 Nm torque at 5200 RPM. Undoubtedly, Cerato’s engine is more powerful and efficient than its direct competition.
Automatic Front Headlights:
Cerato comes with automatic front headlights that adjust their beam as per road conditions. For example, if a vehicle is in front of the Cerato, it will automatically adjust its headlight beam towards the road and vice versa.
Corolla and Civic do not offer this feature, which makes Cerato a better drive choice at night.
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column:
Cerato owners can adjust the height and angle of the steering because the vehicle features a tilt and telescopic steering.
Corolla and Civic only offer tilt steering columns and not the telescopic option. This means that when it comes to driver’s ease and convenience, Cerato has the lead.
Rear Trunk Light:
Cerato is built with a rear trunk light, making it very easy for an individual to put luggage in the vehicle at night time.
Civic and Corolla also offer this feature.
Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control:
Cerato flaunts a dual-zone automatic climate control, which means that the driver and passenger can adjust their own AC temperature.
Civic and Corolla also offer this facility.
Rear Seat Heat Ducts:
Cerato offers rear-seat heat ducts that keep back seat passengers warm or cold, depending on the weather.
Corolla doesn’t offer this feature, while Honda Civic does. Therefore, Cerato is equal to Civic in this segment.
Cerato boasts an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touchscreen gives a chic and executive look to the car’s interior.
Honda only offers this feature in Civic 1.5L Turbo, while Toyota has it installed in both 1.8L and 1.6L Corolla Altis.
Steering Wheel-mounted Volume Controls:
Cerato comes with wheel-mounted volume control, which enables the driver to control the volume of the audio and video with their fingertips.
Civic offers this feature, while Corolla Altis 1.6L does not provide this feature.
Cerato offers cruise control, which is an excellent feature for both safety and fuel average.
Corolla Altis 1.8L and Honda Civic also offer cruise control. However, Corolla 1.6L does not have this feature.
Forward Collision-Avoidance (FCA):
Cerato is very safe as it comes installed with the FCA safety feature.
Both Corolla and Civic do not offer this feature. This might mean that these vehicles are less safe than the upcoming Cerato.
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