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.

KIA Cerato is coming to Pakistan soon.

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.

Comparison

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.

The all-new KIA Cerato features automatic front headlights that adjust their beam as per road conditions.

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. 

Comparison

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. 

Comparison

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. 

Comparison

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. 

Comparison

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.

Comparison

Corolla doesn’t offer this feature, while Honda Civic does. Therefore, Cerato is equal to Civic in this segment.

KIA Cerato’s interior is a sight for the sore eyes.

Infotainment System:

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. 

Comparison

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. 

Comparison

Civic offers this feature, while Corolla Altis 1.6L does not provide this feature.

Cruise Control:

Cerato offers cruise control, which is an excellent feature for both safety and fuel average.

Comparison

Corolla Altis 1.8L and Honda Civic also offer cruise control. However, Corolla 1.6L does not have this feature.

KIA Cerato comes packed with safety and security features.

Forward Collision-Avoidance (FCA):

Cerato is very safe as it comes installed with the FCA safety feature.

Comparison

Both Corolla and Civic do not offer this feature. This might mean that these vehicles are less safe than the upcoming Cerato.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • If Kia doesnt show greediness as they shown in Pincanto case then they really shake this market. But it looks they are following Toyota, Honda and Suzuki strategy of high price.

  • Out class, miracle in auto industry of PK, hope there will be no compromises on quality accessories + durability, and hope prices will be lower then T & H

  • I will buy this car if cost between 25 lac to 28 lac. If price is exceeded to corolla yaris full grade than corolla yaris would be chosen due to high resell campare to kia car.

  • Yes you right that kia cerato is direct competes corolla and civic but you noticed major price comparison kia giving this car is 35 to 45 lakhs it is high price but cerato destroy market if this car come with price tag 30 to 35 lakhs

  • Will give no relief to public. Kia is playing same tactics of delayed delivery, making them earn black (tax free) money for immediate delivery.

  • I like Kia Cerato but price would be the key factor. Price must remain between 26 lac to 28 lac. In this price it becomes choice for everyone. Otherwise Honda Civic sell might affect.


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