Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Cerato hatchback?
Great things are expected from Kia in the future, but don't be fooled into thinking that the manufacturer is there quite yet. The JD Power survey repeatedly demonstrates that there is still work to be done.
Few specific faults have been highlighted on the Cerato yet, but do check for clutch problems. If the pedal feels anything less than smooth and fluid in its action, then step away. Ensure that you give the five-speed manual a thorough trial. If the gearbox refuses to engage first or reverse gears smoothly when cold, there could be an underlying - and potentially costly - reason.
Engines that sound unduly noisy on start-up are best avoided, too, and even if all sounds well, make sure the cooling system is working properly before you buy.