Kia Cee'd (2012–2018)

Model History

May 2012

Kia Cee'd goes on sale

Prices and UK specs announced:

Cee’d 5-dr 1.4-litre 1 99bhp 6-speed manual £14,395

Cee’d 5-dr 1.4-litre CRDi 1 89bhp 6-speed manual £15,695

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre CRDi 1 126bhp 6-speed manual ISG £16,295

Cee’d 5-dr 1.4-litre 2 99bhp 6-speed manual £16,395

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre GDI 2 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG £17,195

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre CRDi 2 126bhp 6-speed manual ISG £18,295

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre CRDi 2 126bhp 6-speed automatic £19,395

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre GDI 3 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG £18,995

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre GDI 3 133bhp 6-speed DCT auto £20,295

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre CRDi 3 126bhp 6-speed manual ISG £20,095

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre GDI 4 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG £20,595

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre GDI 4 133bhp 6-speed DCT auto £21,895

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre CRDi 4 126bhp 6-speed manual ISG £21,695

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre GDI 4 Tech 133bhp 6-speed manual ISG £22,495

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre GDI 4 Tech 133bhp 6-speed DCT auto £23,595

Cee’d 5-dr 1.6-litre CRDi 4 Tech 126bhp 6-speed man ISG £23,795

Available in the UK from 1 st June 2012

The new cee'd is available in five trim grades - named ‘1', ‘2', ‘3' and ‘4' in the now-customary Kia UK fashion - with the option of a ‘4 Tech' version of cee'd ‘4'. All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, front electric windows, projection headlights, daytime running lights, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system with radio and CD player, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity, ESP and VSM, HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. Standard wheels are 15” steel with 195/65 R15 tyres. Breakover Angle: better than 12.5 degrees helps prevent grounding on ramps. Wheelbase: 2650mm; ground clearance: 140mm; breakover angle: 12.06 degrees.

cee'd ‘2' adds 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres, cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, leather trim on the steering wheel, gearshifter and handbrake, greater use of chrome highlights, a rear centre armrest, all-round electric windows, cruise control with speed limiter, reversing sensors and the Flex Steer function.

cee'd ‘3' has in addition privacy glass, automatic headlights with a ‘follow-me-home' function, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, a height-adjustable front passenger's seat, electric lumbar support on both front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step air-flow control and a seven-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping, UK postcode entry and built-in colour reversing camera system.

cee'd ‘4' introduces 17-inch alloys with 225/45 R17 tyres, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front seats with contrasting grey inserts and three-stage heating, a heated steering wheel, electronic parking brake, an engine stop/start button with smart entry system, rear air ventilation system, a premium centre console with sliding cover and a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition colour display.

Finally, at the top of the range, the cee'd ‘4 Tech' is distinguished by its panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory, Parallel Parking Assist System - including front parking sensors, Lane Departure Warning System and Xenon adaptive front lighting system with automatic levelling.

January 2014

High value SR7 versions of Kia Cee'd announced. Every SR7 has a higher specification than the 2014 VR7 special-edition models. LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, front foglights, automatic headlight control, privacy glass, UV-reducing solar glass, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and roof rails are the highlights of the equipment additions, depending on model. There are also new alloy wheels and colour options.

The new pro-cee'd ‘SR7' slots just below the regular ‘S' grade, while the cee'd and cee'd Sportswagon ‘SR7' fit between regular tiers ‘1' and ‘2'. All three body styles are available with a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, while the five-door cee'd also offers an 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel.

February 2014

Kia Cee'd GT five-door launched

201PS Cee'd GT on sale from £20,495 as a more practical alternative to the Pro_cee'd GT. (Cee'd GT Tech at £22,995.)

Powered by a turbocharged version of Kia's 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine delivering 201bhp and 265Nm of torque, as in the Pro_cee'd GT, with a 0-60mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.

Re-tuned suspension ensures they are more than capable of handling the impressive power and torque outputs. Increased damper rebound and compression rates, stiffer springs and bushes and a larger rear anti-roll bar are joined by stylish 18-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.

The steering has been tuned for a more direct and sporting feel and the Flex Steer function, which allows drivers to select from three levels of power assistance in other versions of the cee'd, has been removed for the GT. The brakes - 300mm ventilated discs at the front and 262mm at the rear - are the most powerful ever fitted to the cee'd range.

The 1.6-litre T-GDi ‘Gamma' engine is the first turbocharged petrol unit to be offered by Kia in the UK. The addition of an exhaust-driven turbocharger raises the power output of the normal Gamma direct-injection engine by 51 per cent and the amount of torque it develops by 61 per cent for truly exciting performance.

Two trim lines: ‘GT' and ‘GT Tech'. The ‘GT' exterior benefits from a number of sporty styling touches including new front and rear bumper designs, side sill mouldings, dual exhausts, ‘ice-cube' LED daytime running lights and 18-inch graphite grey alloy wheels with red brake calipers. On the inside the ‘GT' has Recaro seats, finished in leather and suede, with power lumbar adjustment. Red stitching is applied to the leather steering wheel and gear knob, and there is black headlining and high-gloss black trim garnish. Air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, automatic lights, cornering lights, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming and voice recognition, a six speaker radio/CD player with iPod connectivity, unique ‘GT' TFT LCD display, electric windows, electrically operated and heated folding mirrors with puddle lights and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate.

February 2015

Kia Cee'd GT Line announced

The Cee'd GT Line offers the sporty looks of the high performance Kia cee'd GT and pro_cee'd GT with the versatility of the conventional cee'd model family. The GT Line specification is available on all three cee'd body types - five-door cee'd, three-door pro_cee'd and cee'd Sportswagon.

Exterior features include ice-cube LED daytime running lights and deeper bumpers surrounding Kia's hallmark 'tiger-nose' grille. At the rear of the car, both the cee'd hatchback and pro_cee'd include the wider GT bumper and twin exhausts, while the Sportswagon is fitted with dual exhausts and a subtle rear diffuser. All GT Line models are fitted as standard with the GT model's side sill mouldings and rear LED light units, and a stylish new 17-inch alloy wheel design.

The interior of the cee'd GT Line has a higher quality, sportier ambience, inspired by the cabin of the current turbo-powered GT models. The GT Line boasts a classy, new grey, white and black upholstery with grey stitching; a series of GT Line logos throughout the cabin; and the same piano black and leather steering wheel and aluminium alloy pedals fitted to Kia's high-performance GT models. The dashboard is also equipped with a new aluminium start-stop button, GT-inspired centre fascia design, illumination for the USB and aux-in ports and new chrome trim around the air vents and power window switches.

The 1.0-litre T-GDi chain-cam engine produces 120PS and 172Nm torque, and is engineered to deliver lower CO 2 emissions than the 1.6-litre GDI engine found in other cee'd models, pending final homologation. The 1.0-litre cee'd GT Line is also equipped with Kia's fuel-saving ISG system as standard which improves emissions and fuel economy, and is available with a six-speed manual transmission.

July 2016

A Worldwide survey found the KIA cee'sd to be the most reliable mainstream car in the World, beating even Honda, Toyota and Lexus.

September 2016

Upgraded Kia Cee'd goes on sale

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’ specification, offering buyers the sporty looks and dynamics of the GT models. Changes to the ‘face’ of the Cee’d include a more angular and wider bumper, with chrome trim around the fog lamps, and a new oval-shaped grille mesh.

A similar change has been made to the rear with reshaped bumpers and reflectors. LED rear lamps complete the rear of the car while stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs are also now available across the range.

The dashboard receives a flash of chrome around the instrument binnacle, driver-side and central air vents and around the upper edge of the instrument panel. The central fascia panel is now finished in a high quality, anti-scratch gloss black for a more premium look.

For diesel variants, the upgraded interior of the Cee’d offers improved noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system, while twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel to cut engine vibrations intruding on the calm of the cabin. All diesel engines have also been fitted with sound-absorbing material to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter.

The upgraded cee’d offers a wider choice of powertrains than before, with all engines now compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard.

For the launch of the 2016 Cee’d, Kia is introducing its all-new 1.0-litre ‘T-GDI’ (turbo petrol direct injection) engine. This new downsized, three-cylinder power unit has been engineered to improve fuel consumption and emissions, while offering strong, willing performance and immediate responses to driver input.

In its basic state, the new engine produces 100PS and 172Nm torque, while the higher powered 1.0-litre T-GDI produces 120PS and the same 172Nm torque.

Available with both the enhanced Cee’d range and the new GT Line variant, the higher powered 1.6 CRDi engine now produces 136PS and 285Nm torque. The Kia cee’d will continue to be offered with the 128PS 1.6-litre GDI and 100PS 1.4-litre MPI (multi-point injection) petrol engines, as well as the popular 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine, all of which now also meet the Euro 6 emissions standard.

The upgraded Cee’d features a second new technology debut for Kia, with the arrival of the brand’s all-new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT), available exclusively on models equipped with the higher powered 136PS 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine.

May 2017

KIA now offers a 7-year insured warranty on used KIAs bought from KIA dealers at up to 18 months old.

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