The Kia Cerato was launched throughout Europe in the summer of 2004 as a replacement for the Shuma and Mentor models.
Kia Motors Corporation, is amongst the world's fastest growing car companies. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to be a 'Top 5' global automaker by 2010. Kia's 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in 12 countries make more than one million vehicles each year. These vehicles are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 190 countries.
The Cerato was designed in Korea, the USA and Europe and manufactured in Korea. The new Cerato is the result of more than 40 months work and a total investment cost of approximately €220 million.
The Cerato range is available with 1.6 litre or 2.0-litre petrol engines, or a 1.5-litre turbodiesel. Prices range from £9,795 for the entry-level 1.6 GS (5-door hatchback) to £11,995 for the range topping 2.0 SE (4-door saloon).
Kia are marketing the Cerato as setting 'extraordinary standards' we tested the 2.0 SE 4-door saloon to find out how the Cerato fares within the competitive lower medium segment which boasts class leaders such as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra Review and Volkswagen Golf.
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