Used Kia Cerato Hatchback (2004 - 2006) Safety & Reliability

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.

2.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    3 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    3 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

A three-star Euro NCAP rating is disappointing when five-star results are becoming the norm in this class. However, it does get six airbags, sophisticated ABS and front seat belt pretensioners with load limiters. Remote central locking and an alarm are also fitted.

3.5 out of 5


Reliability tends to be very good from the Hyundai and Kia and we've heard no reports of problems with the Cerato.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


No problems reported.


No problems reported.