KIA Cee'd (2012 - )
Last updated 14 March 2016
The improvements include Kia’s all-new three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, as well as a range of new safety, comfort and convenience upgrades. The upgraded model will come with a new ‘GT Line’...
Kia’s ascent to the top tier of manufacturers in the small hatch market continues apace with the current Cee’d five-door hatch range. Where its predecessor majored on reliability and Kia’s superb warranty to lure in customers, the present car launched in 2013 has a great many more charms.
Of course, the superb seven-year warranty remains and reliability is as good as any in the class. However, the Cee’d now has great looks, driver appeal and a stylishly good looking cabin to tempt buyers away from the usual mainstream offerings.
Helping in the looks department are the current car's longer, lower stance, though this does not impact on cabin space. Instead, there is ample room for the front and rear passengers, as well as a generous boot. The inside is also made from sturdy, good looking and pleasant to touch materials.
There is also a large amount of standard equipment fitted to even the most basic Kia Cee’d hatch, showing the Korean firm has lost none of its focus on good value as it has climbed steadily upmarket in the look and feel of its cars.
This rise in quality and appeal is also evident in the way the Cee’d drives. There’s a range of petrol and diesel engines that provides everything from 76.3mpg and 97g/km carbon dioxide emissions to the punchy and fun 204PS 1.6-litre turbo petrol motor in the GT model.
While not offering the outright best driving dynamics in the small hatch class, the Kia Cee’d is one of the better cars in its sector. Even so, the Cee’d is a comfortable, refined choice for families and for a growing number of company drivers.
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