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KIA Cee'd


  • Simple engine and trim line-up
  • Great driving experience
  • High quality interior

Arval’s pick of the range: Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi 2 5dr manual


Kia Ceed - Overview

The latest Kia Ceed is the second generation of the Korean firm’s small family hatchback, originally named the Cee’d. The Kia Ceed is a wonderfully simple car. There are just three engines to choose from and, excluding special editions, and only two trim levels. The five-door hatchback is a no-nonsense all-rounder that will suit everyone from high-mileage motorway users to those looking for a sensible runabout.


What is the Kia Ceed like to drive?

One of the biggest changes for the new Kia Ceed is the way the car drives. Kia’s engineers have worked hard to provide an engaging and fun driving experience without the loss of everyday comfort. The suspension setup is complemented by direct steering that offers excellent driver feedback and accurate turn-in to corners. Additionally, the engines are quiet and refined in everyday use and powerful enough for longer distance trips.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.0 T-GDi 118hp, 112-127g/km CO2 (23-26% BIK), 50.4-52.3mpg
  • 1.4 T-GDi 138hp, 127-132g/km CO2 (26-27% BIK), 50.4-48.7mpg

Diesel engines:

  • 1.6 CRDi 114hp, 99-108g/km CO2 (24-26% BIK), 67.3-70.6mpg



  • 6-speed manual
  • 7-speed automatic

Kia Ceed trim levels explained

Kia has always kept its trim levels simple and easy to understand. There are two regular trim levels: ‘2’ and ‘3’.



  • 16” alloys
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Aircon
  • Front wiper deicer
  • Powered windows
  • Auto headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Powered and heated door mirrors
  • 7” touchscreen
  • Reversing camera
  • DAB radio
  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Forward collision avoidance system
  • Hill start assist


3 (in addition to 2)

  • 17” alloys
  • Privacy glass
  • Auto wipers
  • Powered lumbar support
  • 8” touchscreen
  • Satnav
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Power-fold door mirrors
  • LED indicators
  • Auto dimming rearview mirror
  • USB fast charger
  •  Parking sensors

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How to spec the Kia Ceed

While the ‘2’ is impressively well kitted out, the ‘3’ adds a few very desirable items including a larger touchscreen, satnav and parking sensors, making it our pick of the range. As for the engine to choose, the nippy and efficient 1.0-litre petrol is an excellent choice for the majority of motorists. High-mileage motorway drivers might want to opt for the 1.6-litre diesel which is more economical over longer journeys.


Kia Ceed Interior – what’s it like?

Kia has simplified the interior of the new Ceed. The new, clear, touchscreen is easy to use and does a great job at simplifying the controls for the majority of in-car tech. However, Kia has taken the wise decision to retain buttons for important controls such as the main menus within the screen and also kept a separate aircon control area. The dashboard and interior are amongst the best in class, with high quality materials giving the Ceed a premium feel. There’s plenty of legroom in the rear seats for adults and the boot is now 15 litres bigger at 395 litres, thanks to an overall increase in length.



The Alternatives

Rivals include the Ford Focus, Peugeot 308, Skoda Octavia, Hyundai i30, Nissan Pulsar, Toyota Auris, Honda Civic, Renault Megane, Vauxhall Astra and the Volkswagen Golf.

The Verdict


The all new Kia Ceed is now a true contender in the ultra-tough small family hatchback market thanks to efficient engines, excellent handling and a high-quality interior.


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