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KIA Cerato (2004–2006)

Last updated 5 May 2015

Practical, well-equipped cabin and a good-sized boot. Decent motorway cruiser.
Concerns over crash test ratings.
Updated 22 February 2004

New four door saloon, five door hatch, replacing Shuma from May 2004, from around £9,000. ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. LX and EX spec. On hatchback, rear seat cushion and backrest are split 60/40;...

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Three things instantly identify any car from South Korea: the indicator switch will be on the right; it will have a horribly fiddly DIN fit radio; and the plastic inside will stink.

However, the Cerato is a neat, distinctive car that looks good from any angle rather than the conflicting mish-mash or all pervading blandness that can sometime emerge from Korea. It's style won't simply disappear into the forgettable like so many of its and Hyundai's forbears.


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