Used Kia Cerato Saloon 2004 - 2007 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

2004 - 2007 review
Kia Cerato Saloon (04 - 07)
  • Kia Cerato Saloon (04 - 07)
  • Kia Cerato Saloon (04 - 07)
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What's the used Kia Cerato saloon like?

The Cerato replaced the Shuma in May 2004. Inside the contemporary cabin, the layout is neat and tidy, and build quality is of a reasonable standard, but the materials are far from the most expensive around.

Finding a decent driving position shouldn't be too difficult because the steering column and driver's seat are height adjustable. You can accommodate four adults in reasonable comfort, although they'll have more headroom in the back of the hatch than this saloon. Both models get 60/40 split folding rear seats and decent boot space.

Three engines are available - two petrols, a 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre, along with a 1.5-litre diesel. None is outstanding. The handling is nothing special, either. Vague steering and large amounts of body roll mean the Cerato is a long way off the class leaders. As long as the road surface is smooth, ride comfort should be good enough, though.