Kia Ceed (2018) Review

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Kia Ceed (2018) At A Glance


+Lots of standard equipment. Very good interior with slick media system. Seven-year warranty.

-Not as cheap as it once was. Engines a little unrefined. Not as practical as a Skoda Scala or Honda Civic.

New prices start from £29,995, brokers can source from £16,066
Insurance Groups are between 9–20
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

The Kia Cee'd has always been popular with value-conscious buyers. It's the sort of car you buy if you appreciate a lengthy seven-year warranty and don't want to stretch your monthly payments to a Volkswagen Golf.

But the Kia Cee'd is now the Kia Ceed (note the lack of apostrophe) and, with it, it's become an excellent family hatchback in its own right. There's no ifs and buts, it really is as good as rivals such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

That's good news as it's priced pretty much in-line with the Focus, meaning it's no longer the value choice it once was. But when you look at the standard specification, the Kia Ceed shines. Even entry-level models get a seven-inch touchscreen media display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a reversing camera and cruise control.

The interior looks stylish and feels very well-made, with lots of plush materials and lots of buttons hinting at the amount of gadgets fitted as standard. The media screen (eight-inches on all but the most affordable models) looks a bit like a tacked-on afterthought, but it's easy to use and its position means it's easy to glance at during driving.

There's plenty of space, too. At 380-litres, the Ceed's boot is equal to the Golf, bigger than the Focus's yet smaller than the Skoda Scala's. It's nothing to shout about, but it's a handy square shape and there's also a Sportswagon version if you do need more space.

Engine choices include an updated version of the 1.0 T-GDi turbocharged petrol with 120PS plus a new 1.4 T-GDi with 140PS. A 1.6-litre CRDi caters for the diesel market, available in two versions - 115PS and 136PS. Buyers can also choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.

There's very little to dislike about the new Ceed. It's more expensive than before, but you get lots for your money. And when it's just as good as the likes of the new Ford Focus but comes with a seven-year warranty, you'd have to have serious prejudices against the Kia badge not to consider the Ceed.

Kia Ceed 2018 Range Road Test

Kia Ceed 1.4 T-GDI 7-DCT 2018 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Kia Ceed (2018)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

33–65 mpg

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Can you recommend a used car for towing a small caravan?
"We're buying a small Caravan (about 900kg) and would like to upgrade our 2007 Honda Civic 1.4 automatic. We have a budget of £5000. We'd like to balance a strong enough engine with reasonable fuel economy and servicing costs. We're not wedded to any particular body shape but ideally would not have a huge car to drive around when not towing. My wife prefers automatics. Are you able to offer any advice please? Thank you!"
Generally, it's advised that you shouldn't tow more than 85 per cent of the car's kerb weight. That means you'll need a car with a kerb weight of at least 1060kg (and a towing capacity of 900kg or more). Most cars the size of your Civic should be able to tow a caravan the size of yours. A diesel makes a lot of sense for towing (thanks to the low-down torque on offer), but these aren't suited to lots of short day-to-day journeys. We'd recommend a Kia Ceed, Vauxhall Astra or another Honda Civic.
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What's the best nearly new car for around £7000?
"I'm looking to purchase a car for £7000 - £8000 and was wondering what models you think would be best to look at in terms of reliability? I'm looking for something with around 30,000 to 40,000 miles on it, preferably under three years old, and can be new or used. For example I found a pre-reg Kia Picanto 2019 model for £7500, but then if you look into the used market there are Kia Ceed's going for around £8500, used of course with around 30k miles on them. I'm really interested in Japanese cars, but don't know where to start when it comes to shopping with those. I'm looking to run this car into the ground so the newer the better so I know all the maintenance has been done well and the car has been looked after, which is why buying new (pre-reg) is tempting. I'd really appreciate some advice from you."
It probably comes down to how much space you need and what kind of driving you do. If you cover quite a lot of miles or need a big boot, something the size of the Kia Ceed would be the best option. If you only use your car for short journeys and only carry one or two people, look for something smaller and newer like the Picanto. A nearly-new Kia Picanto would be a great little car and it'll come with the remainder of Kia's seven-year warranty. Small Japanese cars like the Toyota Aygo and Mazda 2 aren't as good as the Picanto. The Honda Jazz is a bit bigger but could be a good option - it's very reliable and ultra practical.
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Is buying an electric car for commuting realistic at the moment?
"My daily commute is a 180-mile round trip on a variety of motorway sections, roundabout filled dual carriage ways and B roads. I currently drive a 2009 Citroen C5 diesel automatic. Tax is a whacking £350 and fuel is costing me an average of 15p a mile with 30k miles p/a. I am 6'4'' with a grumpy back and have found the C5 very comfortable to drive. Plus, the automatic is much less tiring than my previous manual car. I would like to get running costs down. Is it worth buying a modern car and is an electric car even realistic? I live on a terrace street with no charging points but do have the potential to charge an electric car at work. I also travel abroad regularly so an electric option would need to be happy sitting in the airport car park for several weeks at a time. I am not in a position to spend tens of thousands on a new car. I have investigated lease deals on various new/nearly new modern diesels as well as some hybrids. However excess millage costs that I would incur make this an unrealistic option. Also if I were to buy a newer car, in the back of my mind is its actual value with 2035 not too far off."
Electric cars make sense for a lot of people. However, with no home charging available and regular trips abroad, you'd have to be really dedicated to running an electric car for 30k a year. We'd recommend sticking with a modern diesel for your mileage. No matter which route you go down, any car's going to depreciate rapidly if you add 30k a year (hence high lease costs). The only way to avoid this is to run an older model like your C5 but, as you're probably finding, that'll result in higher maintenance costs. I'd look for a frugal diesel like a modern Skoda Octavia, Kia Ceed or Ford Focus. You could consider a hybrid but fuel costs will be expensive - hybrids are at their best around town.
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What small family cars would you recommend?
"My son wants a car the size of a Ford Focus or Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Which would be your first and second choice and is there a car in that group he should not buy? I would very much appreciate your guidance."
The latest Ford Focus, Kia Ceed and Mazda 3 are all good choices. There are new versions of the Volkswagen Golf, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia on their way this year - if your son isn't concerned about having the latest model, there are some really good pre-reg deals to be had on the outgoing cars (
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What does a Kia Ceed (2018) cost?

Buy new from £16,066 (list price from £19,885)