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Kia Cerato Long Term Conclusion
Kia Cerato Long Term Conclusion
by Matt Brogan

After six months, and nearly as many drivers, CarAdvice has this week handed back our long-term Kia Cerato SLi.

The Kia Cerato has been with us since May clocking up over 8,000 trouble free kiometres. In fact, with the exception of two small rattles and some easily scuffed interior trim (an issue Kia has addressed in its MY10 facelift) this has been a rather uneventful test.

And that’s a good thing! Uneventful is just what you expect from a new car. No surprises, no break downs and no nasty quibbles.

Pleasingly fuel economy figures have also improved since last we spoke, perhaps a sign the engine has finally freed up, with the average combined figure down to 8.4L/100km at the final calculation.

The Cerato has proved itself as a competent all-rounder during its time here at CarAdvice with each of our Melbourne-based road testers having nothing but good things to say about the car.

“Life with the Cerato continues to be enjoyable,” Rose Harris, CarAdvice.

Kia Cerato Long Term Conclusion

“There is a lot to like about the Cerato and for the price, you get a very respectable package,” Nadine Armstrong, CarAdvice.

“Cerato has pleasant road manners and is easy to manage offering light steering and excellent visibility,” Matt Brogan, CarAdvice.

“The Cerato deserves a round of applause,” Nadine Armstrong, CarAdvice.

Cerato’s performance has also won a great deal of favour among the Melbourne team.

“It’s very responsive and shows signs of perky, almost sporty aspirations,” Nadine Armstrong, CarAdvice.

“The engine loves to rev and is free flowing, offering a linear spread of power delivery across the entire rev range,” Matt Brogan, CarAdvice.

A spacious and comfortable sedan with a big boot, Cerato has surprised even the harshest critics around the office not only for its ability, but in proving just how far the Kia brand has come in such a short amount of time.

With that in mind, CarAdvice has this week accepted another Kia Long Term vehicle in to the fold, this time in the form of a base model Sorento Si diesel. Stay tuned for an introduction early next week.

Follow the CarAdvice Kia Cerato Long Term Test here:






Kia Cerato Specs

Car Details
Make
KIA
Model
CERATO
Series
LD
Year
2004
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Pricing
New Price
N/A
Private Sale
$2,860 - $3,250
Dealer Retail
$3,790 - $4,510
Dealer Trade
$2,100 - $2,600
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
2.0L
Max. Torque
185Nm @  4000rpm
Max. Power
101kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
76.5W/kg
Bore & Stroke
82x93.5mm
Compression Ratio
10
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
4 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.77
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
55Litres
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1320
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1470mm
Length
4480mm
Width
1753mm
Ground Clearance
160mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:850  Unbrake:450
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.4
Front Rim Size
6x15
Rear Rim Size
6x15
Front Tyres
185/65 R15
Rear Tyres
185/65 R15
Wheel Base
2610
Front Track
1495
Rear Track
1485
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Dual link, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Driver
Cruise Control, Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Front Floor
Country of Origin
Korea