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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, February 14, 2015
2004 Kia Cerato sedan
Kia Cerato is a small-to-medium
South Korean model that has been
overshadowed in the past by its big
brother Hyundai’s i30 and Elantra
(Kia is controlled by Hyundai
these days). However, when the
ultra-stylish gen-three Cerato was
launched in Australia in April 2013
buyer interested greatly. Sales lifted
immediately and quite a few of the
third generation cars are starting to
appear on the used-car scene.
The South Korean car makers
are coming up with some excellent
lines, and the Cerato is arguably up
with the best of them. Interestingly,
much of the design work is being
done by Europeans...
The Cerato first arrived in
Australia in July 2004, these earlier
models were the first to really
benefit from Kia’s determination
to improve build quality and are
generally trouble free if they have
been driven and serviced correctly.
2010 Kia Cerato hatch
As well as improving quality, Kia
Cerato also continued the Korean
marque’s emphasis on the sort
of good on-road behaviour that
appeals to Australian drivers. The
first two generations were good
without being great, the gen-three
car is almost up with the European
with their driving dynamics. The
suspension is reasonably supple,
though rough Aussie country roads
can occasionally trouble it. Noise
and vibration are well damped,
particularly in the latest model.
Kia Cerato is sold as a four-
door sedan and five-door hatch.
The sedans were often introduced
before the hatches so there was on
overlap of new and old bodies at
Though it’s technically listed
as a small car in Australia, the
Cerato is actually pretty large and
interior space is good. There are no
headroom problems front or rear. It
also passes the four-adult test for
rear legroom without those in the
front seats having to compromise
to any real extent. As is usually the
way in this class in Australia the
Cerato is generally used by families
with small children, something it
handles with ease.
Most Kia Cerato models are
powered by a 2.0 -litre four-cylinder
petrol engine. This gives it enough
power and torque for most owners,
but some would like a bit more
grunt to match the dynamics of the
chassis, particularly on the most
2013 Kia Cerato hatch
The Cerato from April 2013 has a
new design 1.8 -litre engine in place
of the old 2.0. It provides more
performance and uses less fuel
whilst doing so. Definitely our pick
of the powerplants if your budget is
up to it.
Five-speed manual gearboxes
were used until they were replaced
by a modern six-speed unit late in
2010. The latter is an excellent unit
with a good feel through the lever
and a wise choice of ratios.
transmissions, fitted prior to March
2011, do a reasonable job, but
you will find them hunting up and
down for the best ratio at times.
Far better is the six-speed auto,
installed from 2011.
Kia Ceratos have quite a simple
mechanical layout and can be
serviced and repaired by good
amateur mechanics. Don’t forget to
buy a workshop manual.
Spare parts and professional
repair costs are reasonably priced.
Kia dealers are mainly in
metropolitan areas, but some of
the bigger country towns now also
Insurance is usually costed in
the bottom third of the premium
scale and we haven’t seen any
big variations from company to
company. However, it’s always
worth shopping around, just make
sure your making a fair comparison.
While the Kia Koup, introduced
in September 2009 carries Cerato
badges it is generally regarded as a
different model. It’s an interesting
car with an unusual shape and
we love the fact it’s called a Koup
rather than a Coupe.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Former crash damage usually
shows up as ripples in body panels,
colours that don’t match correctly
and even wheels out of alignment.
If you’re in the least bit unsure call
Look for body damage in areas
such as the rear bumper which
often gets scarred by people
carelessly resting stuff on it while
loading the boot.
Check that the engine starts
easily and idles smoothly pretty
well straight away. Ideally the
engine should be started stone cold
first thing in the morning.
Gearboxes that are noisy and/or
sticky in their changes may be due
for major repairs.
Automatics should go into gear
almost at the moment you move
Handbrakes can be over adjusted
causing premature pad wear on the
rear brakes. You may feel and hear
the pads rubbing slightly on the
discs during your test drive.
Fuel remote release cables can
stretch making it difficult to open
Some Ceratos had audio unit
failures, check the full range of
modes in the system to be sure
everything works correctly.
Incorrectly serviced variable valve
timing units can fail due to poor
oil quality blocking the oil passage.
As always, we suggest having a
vehicle serviced by a professional,
preferably one with people trained
on the vehicle type.
CAR BUYING TIP
Chopping and changing
insurance companies to save
money is fine, but be aware that
having a longtime record with a
company stands you in good stead
if there’s ever a doubtful event.
Used car checkout -
M13 Kia Cerato S Sedan
2004 Kia Cerato Sedan
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