2011 Kia Cerato Si 2.0 Litre


Forget Kia of the past


Interior globe - easy fix.

Seems to spit out fuel when filling to the first 'click'.

Not a fault, but the trans or throttle should be reprogrammed or something!!!

General Comments:

Very comfortable, drives nice, interior reminds me of a Volkswagen. This interior is unique to the Cerato range, as it has soft touch vinyl on the dash and doors, and cloth on the doors, unlike the earlier Ceratos.

My model is the Si hatchback with the 6spd auto; very good, but feel that the throttle or trans should be reprogrammed or something. Not that it's a bad trans, but it does take time getting use to it. But I think it's due to my driving (I'm very light on the pedal; when I need a downshift, I lightly tap it expecting it to change).

At highway speeds, it picks up speed flawlessly. Factory Bluetooth very handy, and the black interior is beautiful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2011

2007 Kia Cerato EX 1.6 turbo diesel


Runs on the smell of an oily rag!

General Comments:

I travel 112km per day to get to work and back, and this car has lowered my travelling costs by $30 a week, as diesel is about 50 cents a litre cheaper than petrol here in NZ. Even with RUC and the higher rego costs for diesel cars in NZ, it still works out cheaper than running my Mazda 626 over the same distance. I am getting just over 1000km per tank (55 liters).

The upholstery would have been better in a darker colour (almost put me off buying it). Lucky I took her for a test drive first, and discovered how much power she had. Great for overtaking!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2011

2009 Kia Cerato TD 2.0L


Very capable, and would buy it again!


So far only a minor paint chip near the boot, not sure how it happened, but underneath does seem like it is rusted, could be the rust proofing used in the factory.

General Comments:

So far so good. As my A to B daily drive this car is great. Far more responsive than anything I have driven from KIA before.

Beige interior I can see being an issue in the future with the kids, black would have been better.

Great value for the price, 6 airbags. Handles great. Have not pushed it to the limits yet and do not think I will, great pickup on the freeway!

Can't fault it!

* Update 30/05/09*

Still nothing wrong with the car. Has not missed a beat. Now 3000klms on the car.

Seat comfort is better in some of the other cars I have driven, but it is adequate. I wish I could change my ratings. Love this KIA!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2009

1st May 2009, 16:18

Thanks for your review. I'm thinking of buying this car, and my daily A to B is around 2 hours driving in mixed city and high way. It is very important to me have a comfortable car. Please explain more why you are giving the new Kia Cerato 5/10 points.


2008 Kia Cerato 2.0L


Bought as brand new. Following week I started driving the car away - it seemed slow and then appeared to be slowing down, so put my foot down a little (and I mean a little!) more. The car had a sudden sharp surge of power and shot forward.

Has anyone else had this problem? Have heard of a guy with a l.5 litre who has, but would like to know if anybody else has had this kind of thing happen to them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th January, 2009

31st Jan 2015, 11:14

I purchased a 2006 Cerato and thought for the first month it was a dream car. After a few trips out, even reversing out my drive, I felt the car was almost going to stall on me, so I would touch the accelerator a touch, I mean A TOUCH, and the car bucks on me. Makes me nervous about driving with my kids in the car :(. It also happened while pulling out from a dead stop, then pulled up to the lights and the car is shaking and shuddering. I thought it was going to stall. I feel it's going to be an issue that no one can explain or I have bad fuel in the car :(. If anyone knows the solution or the problem, please let me know as I'd love to fix it.