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KIA Cee'd (2012–2018)

Last updated 24 May 2019

Comes with Kia's seven-year warranty as standard. Rides and handles very well on standard Hankook Kinergy Eco tyres.
Far better on 15-inch wheels than on 17-inch wheels. Diesel is a bit too long geared.
Updated 24 May 2019

Report of bottom crankshaft aux belt pulley of 2013 KIA cee'd 1.6 GDI DCT-6 falling off. Both pulley and fixing bolt had been collected by the engine undertray.

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Introduction

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.

KIA cee'd 2012 Road Test

KIA cee'd SW 2012 Road Test

KIA pro cee'd 1.0T-GDI 2015 Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
Very underrated car!
5
Absolute Bargain
fash
5
Reliable family hatch
4
Reliable , lots of extras.
4
Cheap, flimsy but reliable.
3
A fair performer in most areas, with some exceptions
 

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