Used Kia Cerato Hatchback (2004 - 2006) Driving & Performance

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2013
The Cerato was Kia's short-lived stop-gap hatchback before the vastly superior Ceed came along in 2007. It was designed for 'European' tastes but unfortunately the dour and ungainly looks, along with a low rent and cheap-feeling interior meant few people bought one.

2 out of 5


The hatchback is available with a 1.6 petrol engine which generates a respectable 103bhp. This is the base unit, with a 0-62mph time of 11 seconds and a top speed of 115mph. It's a bit rough around the edges and needs to be worked very hard, but can still deliver 43mpg. A newer 1.5 CRDi diesel - Kia's first - with 101bhp joined the line up in November 2004.

It's better than the petrol with decent in-gear pace, but it's not particularly refined and becomes coarse when revved hard.

2 out of 5


Kia has put a lot of effort into trying to make the Cerato more refined than its previous models and they have succeeded in giving it a reasonable ride and keeping the bumps and vibrations largely at bay. Insulation against noise could be better and the handling is predictable but unexciting. The steering is light and the gearchanges can be slow too.