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Journeys : Aug Sep 2010
smooth and consistent. Panel fit and alignment also gets a tick, and yes, I can report the soapy sponge manages to find all the dirty bits without any problem s. Inside, despite the use of some harder interior plastics, particularly on the door panels, there wasn't any significant scratching from day-to-day use. Kick panels, dashboard and the console didn't show any obvious signs of wear or marking. The long-term fuel consumption crept to 9.3l/100km, which doesn't sound fantastic, but given our normal drive patterns, the usual daily drive would be near double that figure. The 2.0l engine has also loosened up a little over the journey and feels more responsive than originally perceived. The auto transmission however still wants to get into top gear as soon as possible to maximise fuel economy, which is a real pain when you have to endure delays until it makes up its mind which gear it wants when more speed is required. My long-term conclusion is that this is a well-built car. It doesn't have Euro quality or feel, but it isn't far off some Japanese offerings. At better than half the cost of an equivalent Euro and below the cost of a similar Japanese model, your expectation will naturally be lower -- and I think the Kia Cerato will probably exceed them. It offers excellent value for money, particularly in the top-spec SLi variant. Climate-control, leather interior features and alloy wheels are just a few items on the standard features list. The auto transmission does offer driver convenience but the premium for this option and only getting a four-speed auto doesn't war rant the spend. The manual will suffice and fuel consumption will be improved with this choice. This car will fulfil the requirements of a four-person family with relative comfort, compared to some others in the category. While I have been more critical of the ride quality and handling aspects, my wife had no such issues. The transmission wasn't a concern to her and she really loved the ease of driving, fairly light steering and good exterior vision, not to mention the rear parking sensors. We will bid the Cerato farewell in the knowledge that it exceeded our expectations for quality and reliability, as it did for acclimatising our family to the future of smaller family cars. PANEL BEATING SPRAY PAINTING Two pack spray and bake booth CHASSIS WORK Measure and alignment system from Finland MINTYS BODYWORKS 107 Mornington Road Mornington Telephone 6244 4732 Facsimile 6244 3845 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone 6213 3300 Email email@example.com www.djmotors.com.au Drive away in your very own KIA Cerato today from DJ Kia • unlimited kilometre 5-year warranty • 6-speaker audio with power bass • 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS • iPod® connectivity • 115kW of power • 6 SRS airbags $18,990* DRIVE AWAY •Recommended driveaway price for Cerato S manual. Metallic paint $450 extra. CERATO S Drive away in your very own KIA Cerato today from DJ Kia Life on the move 29 August / September 2010
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