2006 Kia Cerato EX 1.5 Crdi




Front tyres wore down after 8000km, but the dealer had the tracking wrong!

General Comments:

Excellent car, well built, comfortable and cheap to run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2006

25th Jun 2006, 14:30

We had a Cerato as a hire car in Spain for the week and I thought it was OK. Big enough for two adults + 1 child + 1 week's luggage, comfortable, and easy to drive. The diesal was nice to drive - flexible, but no ball of fire. The economy was excellent. The car seemed well made and hard wearing - better than our Honda Civic.

19th May 2007, 18:29

Update on my car above.

Now have 52000km on her and she has not had any major faults, engine gets quieter with more mileage. Very comfortable car also. Would recommend this car to anyone who wants a lot of std extras, but a bargain price.

5th May 2010, 16:55

I have a 2006 Cerato CRDI. That car is an absolute gem. Very smooth ride and extremely silent inside. Coupled with leather interior, automatic climate control and traction control, it feels less like a "cheap Korean car" and more like its more expensive German counterpart.

2005 Kia Cerato GLS 1.5 diesel


A good buy if the MPG is improved


Fuel consumption disappointing.

General Comments:

Acceptable acceleration, third gear most flexible, 0-60 is better than published specs.

Fuel consumption only 50mpg on extra-urban type runs at 60mph, driven very gently. I find this disappointing as I got 43mpg from previous car, 1.8 litre petrol. Advertised "extra urban" is over 70mpg. Faulty? However I got nearly the same mpg at 70mph on a longer run.

Seats are a bit insubstantial with limited adjustment.

Good level of equipment for the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2006

30th Aug 2014, 09:45

I have a similar model and have wired it up to a Bluetooth OBD reader connected to my Android phone, so now I can use the phone as a fuel computer.

What is apparent is that fuel consumption is very sensitive to throttle input. Consequently hills and hard acceleration really knock MPG.

The car did manage 65 MPG according to the computer, but this was on a round trip of 30 miles doing no more than 50MPH in traffic, and really trying not to use the brakes and accelerate hard. Otherwise an average of 44MPG driven without thought to economy on short journeys, to 55MPG with care.