Well equipped, good value, affordable to run, comfortable
Dull styling, poor quality and cheap-looking interior, unexciting to drive
The Cerato was Kia's short-lived stop-gap hatchback before the vastly superior Ceed came along in 2007. It was designed for 'European' tastes but unfortunately the dour and ungainly looks, along with a low rent and cheap-feeling interior meant few people bought one. It's a good value used buy - as long as the price is low enough - and is an ideal choice if you want a reliable runabout.
The diesel engine is pretty good, but ultimately there are plenty of better cars available for the same money.