The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the Kia Cerato


A small car with a big history, the Kia Cerato continues its legacy of sharp design and athletic performance, bringing more creativity and innovation to its already impressive reputation. In the newest Kia Cerato, the ultra-modern cabin is spacious, driver-focused, and firmly immersed in the digital world with the latest generation of infotainment systems and features. Read more as Wrong Fuel Rescue takes you through everything you need to know about the 2022 Kia Cerato and advises you on what to do should you accidentally use the incorrect fuel type for your Kia Cerato engine.


The current fourth-generation model was first launched in Australia in 2018 and received a mid-life refresh in 2021. However, the Kia Cerato has been a part of the Australian small-car scene since as early as 2004. Today’s Kia Cerato is a regular podium-finisher in the segment, and for good reason. It’s well-priced, packed with functionality, and comes with a variety of family-friendly and sporty offerings to satisfy a wide range of customers. It’s also known as the Forte in North America, and the K3 in the Korean domestic market. Despite the name change, it’s still the same trusted vehicle through and through.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Choosing the Right Kia Cerato for You


Kia has continuously provided incredible value for money when it comes to manufacturing its vehicles, and the Kia Cerato is no different. The latest Kia Cerato is available in two distinct body styles, an athletic hatchback, and a sleek sedan style. The Cerato is the first model in Australia to sport Kia’s new logo. Potential Kia Cerato drivers have the choice of 6 available grades, ranging from the Cerato S to the high-end GT. Each grade comes with more additional features as you move up the ranks.


The available grades and prices are:


  • 2022 Kia Cerato S: $25,990
  • 2022 Kia Cerato S with Safety Pack: $26,990
  • 2022 Kia Cerato Sport: $28,090
  • 2022 Kia Cerato Sport with Safety Pack: $29,090
  • 2022 Kia Cerato Sport+: $31,140
  • 2022 Kia Cerato GT: $35,790


All prices exclude on-road costs.


All models come with LED daytime running lights embedded into the new-look front end. Auto headlights are also standard, along with an 8.0″ touch-screen media interface running Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


A full set of safety systems comes standard as well. These systems include lane follow assist, driver attention alert, rear occupant alert, leading vehicle departure alert, and lane-keep assist with autonomous emergency braking for cars and pedestrians. The Cerato S models come with a six-speaker sound system, keyless entry, manual climate control, and a rear-view camera with parking sensors to make parking a breeze.


Upgrading to the Sport and above gives you a 10.25″ touch-screen media interface that runs crystal clear graphics and intelligent menu functionality. Other additions include digital radio, satellite navigation with traffic updates, and a variety of other adjustable vehicle settings.


The Sport+ brings in some impressive active safety features such as blind-spot collision avoidance technology, safe exit warning, and adaptive cruise control. The Sport+ also enlarges the rear disc brakes, now measuring 284mm, up from the standard 262mm fitted on the S and Sport. All models use 280mm front discs except the GT, which gets bespoke 305mm items (and 284mm rear).


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Performance in the Kia Cerato


Although small in stature, the Kia Cerato still delivers a powerful and precise driving experience. Kia built the Cerato range to satisfy both casual and sporty drivers alike. Here at Wrong Fuel Rescue, we pay close attention to the car’s engine when assisting drivers who have accidentally misfuelled their vehicle with the wrong fuel type.


Drivers can appreciate the sporty and dynamic 1.6L turbo engine of the GT or enjoy the reliable and efficient 2.0L multi-point injection engine. The 1.6L T-GDI engine is available in GT grade while the 2.0L MPI engine is available in Sport+, Sport, and S grades. The Cerato has a fuel tank capacity of 50L across all grades.


The Cerato also has smooth acceleration, agile gear shifts, and fuel economy with the 7-speed DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 7-speed DCT is available in GT grade and the 6-speed automatic is available in Sport+, Sport, and S grades.


The GT comes with an exclusive sports-tuned suspension & steering with the rear multi-link suspension to match, offering superior ride & handling. The Drive Mode Selector lets you choose from Sport, Smart, Eco & Normal modes to suit your preferences and driving conditions.


Wrong Fuel Rescue Explores the Kia Cerato’s Design


The refreshed Kia Cerato is sportier, sleeker, and more dynamic from top to bottom. Bold styling is everywhere, from the powerful look to the sculpted hood. The Cerato will have you arriving in style. Light up the drive ahead in style with LED headlights & LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL). LED headlights are available on GT grade while LED DRL’s are included in all grades.


The top-tier GT body kit adds a touch of sportiness with its aggressive dual chrome tip exhausts & side skirt design. It also features a gloss black grille with red highlights & satin silver accents to enhance the sporty design of the GT. Exclusive to GT, the bold 18″ alloy wheels are paired with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 performance tyres for an even greater ride & handling experience.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Safety in the Kia Cerato


Since the Kia Cerato aims to be family-friendly, Kia has equipped this compact vehicle with a myriad of safety features to ensure a comfortable and safe transit for both driver and passengers alike.


Autonomous Emergency Braking: By using radar and camera data, the AEB system detects the potential for a collision with a pedestrian, car, or cyclist ahead and applies emergency braking to avoid or reduce the effects of a collision. AEB with car, pedestrian & cyclist avoidance is available on GT, Sport+, Sport with Safety Pack & S with Safety Pack.


Lane Following Assist (LFA) uses the front view camera to determine positioning within the lane and assists the driver to keep the vehicle centred within the lane. When a lane marker or road edge departure is detected, the Lane Keep Assist (LKA) system automatically assists with the steering to help prevent the vehicle from leaving the lane.


Smart Cruise Control uses radar data to maintain a predetermined distance from the vehicle directly ahead, automatically slowing or accelerating your vehicle when appropriate. Available on GT, Sport+, Sport with Safety Pack & S with Safety Pack.


The Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) system sends reminder alerts to the driver to check the rear seats. This helps prevent children, pets, or objects from being left behind accidentally by remembering the history of the rear doors being opened & closed. Occupants of the Cerato are well protected by the driver & front passenger, front side & curtain SRS airbags.


The Driver Attention Alert+ (DAA+) system monitors your driving and alerts you if it detects loss of concentration or tiredness. This combines well with the Lead Vehicle Departure, which notifies you with an audio-visual alert when the vehicle in front of you has moved while stopped at a traffic light stop.


Front & rear parking sensors work in tandem with the Rear View Camera to make manoeuvring into tight spaces easy. High-Beam Assist (HBA) will automatically apply the high beams in low lighting. When HBA detects headlights of oncoming cars, tail lights of cars in front or there is enough ambient lighting, it will be automatically turned off to prevent blinding other drivers.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Technology in the Kia Cerato


10.25″ HD touch screen: Easy to read and operate, the LCD touch screen hosts a multitude of features to enrich built-in satellite navigation, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity to keep you always connected. Bluetooth multi-connection allows multiple compatible phones to be paired at the same time for greater convenience. Available on GT, Sport+ & Sport grades.


Supervision instrument cluster: Get crucial vehicle and driving information from this multi-function trip computer & screen.


Cerato GT drivers can enjoy their favourite playlists and podcasts through the 8-speaker premium JBL sound system. The new Rear Seat Sleep Mode turns rear speakers off and limits the maximum volume of front speakers so that rear passengers are free to rest if needed.


The new electronic parking brake is available across the range for added convenience, automatically releasing when the vehicle is shifted into Drive.


Integrated memory seat: With an 8-way power driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support, find your perfect seat position and save it for easy access in the future in two simple steps.


Climate control: Dual-zone climate control & rear air vents keep both front & rear passengers comfortable all year long. Climate control is available on GT & Sport+ grades while rear air vents are available on all grades.


Push Button Start: Enter and start the car with a push of a button without taking your key out with the Smart Key. Not available for the S grades.


Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue in your Kia Cerato?


Misfuelling happens when the wrong fuel type is added to your vehicle, whether that be putting petrol in a diesel engine or diesel in a petrol engine. Your car won’t perform properly after misfuelling, which is why we at Wrong Fuel Rescue are equipped to assist you with getting your vehicle back on the road as soon as possible.


Although the latest Kia Cerato is only available with petrol engines, we at Wrong Fuel Rescue know that the diesel Kia Cerato is still very popular today. Over the years, Wrong Fuel Rescue has helped many Kia Cerato drivers who have accidentally filled up their tanks with the incorrect fuel. This common mistake can become quite expensive to fix if not addressed immediately.


If you have mistakenly filled up your petrol Kia Cerato with diesel fuel and hit the road, one or more of the following signs will occur:


  • Less powerful acceleration and performance
  • Loud knocking sounds from inside the vehicle
  • Significant amounts of smoke emerging from the exhaust
  • The vehicle suddenly cuts out while driving
  • Stuttering movements from the vehicle while driving
  • Clouds of smoke may emerge from the exhaust pipe


On the other hand, here is what you can expect when filling up a diesel vehicle with petrol instead:


  • The vehicle has difficulty starting, or not starting at all
  • The engine cuts out frequently
  • The car jerks constantly while driving


It is important to know what signs to look out for when it comes to misfuelling so that you know exactly what to do and who to call. If you realise you have misfuelled your vehicle before driving off from the station, then sit tight and give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call. If you are on the road and notice any, or all, of the above warning signs, then you should safely pull over as soon as possible. Contact the experts at Wrong Fuel Rescue and allow us to assist you.