Kia Cerato Review from Portugal

2006 Kia Cerato EX 1.6 CRDI turbo diesel

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 CRDI turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 kilometres
Most recent distance80750 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Incredible buy

Faults:

When I first got the car, the vent on the climate control only worked on max power. That was fixed under warranty.

Also a factory defect in the clutch pump. Also replaced free of charge.

General Comments:

I got this car last year as a car to replace my old work mule, a 1997 Ford Fiesta 1.8 diesel. This was a pre-registered car, so it never left the dealer's hands. The car came fully loaded with ABS+EBD, traction control, climate control, power windows, power mirrors, leather interior, etc...

I've had the car for a year now, and it drives like a dream. Its 1.6 CRDI engine (the same that exists in its successor, the Cee'd) puts out 115 HP, not a race car, but for highway travel, this more than does the job and is extremely fuel efficient (getting around 45 mpg).

Service wise, the Kia dealership is thorough, they check every point, verify every fluid, even lube the door hinges. While the cost for a routine checkup costs a lot more than what it cost for my 13 year old Fiesta, it's worth the extra money.

All in all, I strongly recommend Kia in general.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2010

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review