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.
"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: