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Old 08-05-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Kia cerato or Honda Fit

Hi guys, I am getting my first car.. Looking at the 2 model.

I have test drive this 2 cars.
Honda fit 1.3 Auto (mar06) - opc - 60,000km mileage - $26,500
Kia cerato 1.6 Auto (jul08) - normal - 30,000km mileage - $44,000

I am still thinking of either getting Opc or normal plate yet.

I worked the monthly installment for the both car using 1.88% full loan over lifespan of the COE

Honda Fit - $617/mth
Kia cerato - $663/mth (if converted to Opc, got $183/mth rebate, worked out to be $480/mth)

My friend had told me that Korean car will cost more in servicing as compared to Japan car...and Korean car easy to heat up.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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let's put aside servicing costs for awhile. i think +/- both will be around there. the more relevant points of consideration imo would be:

1) fit has better fc than cerato (say auto fit about 13-14km/l, auto cerato about 11-12km/l. then calculate ur projected mileage with current petrol rates to see how much you can potentially save)
2) fit is probably zippier than cerato
3) cerato probably more stable at high speed
4) cerato probably slightly more spacious
5) if the cerato is a normal sedan version, then you are comparing between a hatch and w/proper-boot. so do you need the boot size?
6) fit's road tax slightly cheaper, although may not be significant if you spread out over a year
7) insurance duno, maybe around the same
8) 06 fit... should be the 1st gen GD fit. if it's auto, then it's using CVT. may need more attention regarding maintenance.
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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If u can only afford 600 plus, go for the cerato, the convenience of black plate beats everything imo
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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let's put aside servicing costs for awhile. i think +/- both will be around there. the more relevant points of consideration imo would be:

1) fit has better fc than cerato (say auto fit about 13-14km/l, auto cerato about 11-12km/l. then calculate ur projected mileage with current petrol rates to see how much you can potentially save)
2) fit is probably zippier than cerato
3) cerato probably more stable at high speed
4) cerato probably slightly more spacious
5) if the cerato is a normal sedan version, then you are comparing between a hatch and w/proper-boot. so do you need the boot size?
6) fit's road tax slightly cheaper, although may not be significant if you spread out over a year
7) insurance duno, maybe around the same
8) 06 fit... should be the 1st gen GD fit. if it's auto, then it's using CVT. may need more attention regarding maintenance.
Thanks went for your prompt reply. By the way when i test drive fit & cerato, I found cerato more faster in the pickup.. Is sit due to it is a 1.6l?

5) the cerato has a "Variant 2" logo under its cerato logo at the backview of thr car.

8) u mention more attention is required for 1st gen fit, does it cost more than gen 2 fit?

How about the pricing of the car?
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:15 PM   #5
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Kia is Hyundai and share most of the parts.Hyundai part is cheap here and Kia is slighter more because of agent.But 2008 Kia is not an issue for reliability.The 1.6 engine comes from the same as Elantra.And this 1.6 engine is shared by many Hyundai and Kia car.Like Matrix, Verna .

But for 08 model.Cannot be 30000km.Must check the full service record because the car must service when reach 10000km or 6 months (whichever comes first).Imagine if it is 30000km mileage and the owner only service every year?This car is gone.Expect more overhaul.
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check if the fit has changed the mounting already. i think it's steering mount.

it's a typical problem which you should take note.
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Thanks went for your prompt reply. By the way when i test drive fit & cerato, I found cerato more faster in the pickup.. Is sit due to it is a 1.6l?

5) the cerato has a "Variant 2" logo under its cerato logo at the backview of thr car.

8) u mention more attention is required for 1st gen fit, does it cost more than gen 2 fit?

How about the pricing of the car?
I tried my friend's cerato and he had a Simonta air filter. The is very willing to rev, step abit 4k rpm already. So it feels fast, but off the traffic light still lose a lot of normal cars.
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Kia is Hyundai and share most of the parts.Hyundai part is cheap here and Kia is slighter more because of agent.But 2008 Kia is not an issue for reliability.The 1.6 engine comes from the same as Elantra.And this 1.6 engine is shared by many Hyundai and Kia car.Like Matrix, Verna .

But for 08 model.Cannot be 30000km.Must check the full service record because the car must service when reach 10000km or 6 months (whichever comes first).Imagine if it is 30000km mileage and the owner only service every year?This car is gone.Expect more overhaul.
So every 6mth must service la.. That guy say full cycle & carriage service record. Just service the car apr12
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #9
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close one eye i will still choose honda fit
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
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Honda Fit unless it is the cerato forte.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:14 PM   #11
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I will choose Honda Fit. Still got a strong preference for Japanese car over Korean cars. But if we are talking about conti cars, of cuz conti cars. If about budget and stability, Japanese cars like Fit have good track record.

Just that the insurance is slightly higher then normal .
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:25 AM   #12
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close one eye i will still choose honda fit
You are right, but OPC vs normal plate leh
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:50 PM   #13
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R u ok with cabin noise?
I think cerato is more quiet than fit during high speed driving.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:45 PM   #14
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i'd take a normal plate cerato over a red plate fit..
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:36 PM   #15
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How abt the price comparison?

Any1 here own a cerato
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