The Kia Cerato is very easy to drive and visibility is excellent all round.
Ease of Use
The Kia Cerato is very easy to drive and visibility is excellent all round. The boot spoiler on the saloon model helped when reversing as it identified the end of the vehicle.
The Cerato is easy to get in and out of with wide door openings and quite low sills making it ideal for people with mobility problems.
The boot is generous and the saloon model features 60:40 split folding rear seats, luggage net fixings and a load area light. The front doors feature puddles lights enabling you to enter and exit the vehicle at night without stepping in puddles.
The controls are all ergonomically laid out and easy to operate. In fact the only annoying thing about the Cerato is that the indicator stalk is located on the right hand side of the steering wheel and you find yourself switching on the windscreen wipers when you want to indicate and vice versa. However, this is the case with all Korean cars and you soon get used to it.
The projector style headlights were powerful and amazingly for a car of this price the Cerato 2.0 SE features front foglights, twin rear foglights and twin reversing lights.
The 2.0 SE model is equipped with a full size alloy spare wheel.
On a practical level the Cerato 2.0 SE is equipped with a driver's foot rest, centre armrest with storage box, ignition key in warning chime, overhead console with sunglasses storage and map lamps, cigarette lighter, rear ashtray, front ashtray with illumination, front and rear cup holders, 3 x grab handles, door scuff guards, remote fuel flap release, remote central locking, cruise control, heated rear window, rear cargo area cover, variable intermittent front wipers, instrument panel light dimmer, front mud guards and courtesy room light.
Safety and Security
The following safety & security equipment is standard on the Kia Cerato 2.0 SE:
ABS with EBD with brake assist, twin front, side and curtain airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters, 3 x 3-point rear belts, child proof rear door locks, ISOFIX anchor points, height adjustable front seatbelts, height adjustable front head restraints, height adjustable rear head restraints, front and rear side impact beams, engine Immobiliser, locking wheel nuts, security window etching and auto down driver's electric window with time lag.
Kia Cerato Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia Cerato 2.0 SE|
|Body Type||4-Door Saloon|
|Colour||Clear Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.0 Seconds|
|Top Speed||129 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||47.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||A three-year unlimited mileage warranty|
A three-year roadside assistance package that covers you across mainland Europe as well as in the UK
A six-year anti-perforation warranty br> A three year paintwork warranty
|Price (when tested on the 01/03/05)||£ 11,995|