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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For Small-hatch space for supermini money; good safety equipment

Against Lots of body roll, a sloppy gearchange, and a cheap feel to the interior

Verdict It's roomy, practical and cheap, but it's neither nice to sit in nor pleasant to drive

Go for… 1.8-litre petrol

Avoid… 1.6-litre petrol

Kia Shuma Hatchback
  • 1. It’s important to check that the manual gearbox still changes gear smoothly, without any resistance or grinding
  • 2. If you're buying a 1.8 LX, check that the air-con works all the time, and not just when the car is stationary
  • 3. The interior doesn't feel terribly robust. Loose and flimsy trim may be a problem as the miles mount
  • 4. All the controls feel flimsy, and the dashboard looks cheap and nasty
  • 5. Rear passengers are well catered for, too, and even three adults can fit in the back at a pinch
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