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What is it?
The Kia Cee’d hatchback, also available in Sportswagon estate and Pro_Cee’d sporty three-door bodystyles, is Kia’s big volume player in the corporate sector. As the brand has improved in recent years, the Cee’d has come onto more radars as a reasonably priced car that doesn’t scrimp on quality, driving experience or equipment.
What is the Kia Cee’d like to drive?
It’s a mid-sector experience that’s set up to be sensible rather than fun. It just does everything well, which means there’s little to complain about in terms of comfort and refinement.
What engines are available?
There are two petrol and two diesel engines – 89hp 1.4 and 126hp 1.6 for the black pump, and 98hp 1.4 and 133hp 1.6 for the green one. The higher-powered models have the choice of a six-speed automatic as well as the six-speed manual fitted as standard to all cars. On top of these regular alternatives, there is also a top-spec performance GT model
What are the key standard features of the Kia Cee’d?
Kia keeps it pretty simple, using the numbers one to four to designate its models.
The entry 1 trim gets 15in steel wheels, front fog lights, air conditioning, Bluetooth, USB and aux audio input, trip computer, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and heated door mirrors.
- 2 gains 16in alloys, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, leather-trimmed steering wheel and handbrake, rear parking sensors, three driving modes, cornering lights and chrome window, grille and fog light surrounds.
- 3 adds Sat nav, rear privacy glass, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, powered lumbar support and front windscreen wiper de-icer.
- 4 adds 17in alloys, heated leather front seats, heated steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, front door handle illumination.
- 4 Tech (over 4) gains Panoramic sunroof, Xenon adaptive front lights, 10-way adjustable powered driving seat, front parking sensors, park assist system and lane departure warning.
What are the key options?
There’s very little by way of optional extra – metallic paint is a chargeable extra on all models, but that’s about it in terms of options. The idea is that customers move up the trim levels to find the kit they want.
How spacious is the Kia Cee’d?
The Cee’d’s status as a good all-rounder means decent room for all occupants, compared with rivals in this hatchback segment. The 380-litre boot is good for the class. With the rear seats folded, that figure increases to a maximum of 1318.
What will it cost to run?
The 126hp 1.6 diesel is the most efficient model in the range, emitting 97g/km for a 76.3mpg official combined fuel economy figure, though only in the ‘1’ spec with the steel wheels. Upgrading to ‘2’ or ‘3’ trim puts those figures at 100g/km and 74.3mpg thanks to the larger wheels, while the 17in alloys on the top trims make a big difference, with emissions moving up to 112g/km and a 65.7mpg fuel figure, so it’s worth balancing economic and cosmetic considerations. The 89hp diesel, only available in the base trim level, is an older technology than the more powerful diesel, and emits 109g/km, while the petrol engines come in at 124g/km.
What safety features does it have?
The current-generation Kia Cee’d achieved a five-star EuroNCAP result score when it was tested in 2012, and all models get six airbags, brake assist, vehicle stability management and hill-start assist.