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KIA Ceed (2018–)

Last updated 10 October 2018

New Ceed gets an updated version of 1.0 T-GDI engine plus new fully independent suspension. Interior boasts large touchscreen.
Cheapest model is more than £18k.
Updated 13 September 2018
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The 2018 Kia Ceed is wider and lower than the outgoing model. It also gets a new(ish) name, with Kia finally dropping the apostrophe.

With its slightly sharper look, more in line with the latest Kia Optima and Picanto, the Ceed is a handsome design if not exactly exciting to look at. It comes with LED daytime running lights as standard, while wheel sizes range from 15-inch steels on entry-level cars to 17-inch diamond cut alloy on high trim models. 

Engines include an updated version of the 1.0 T-GDi with 120PS plus a new 1.4 T-GDi engine with 140PS which replaces the old 1.6-litre GDi.

There's also a new 'U3' 1.6 CRDi diesel which will be one of the first engines to beat the showroom tax by meeting the latest emissions standards. Available in two versions - 115PS and 136PS - the new 1.6-litre diesel produces 280Nm of torque and - like most engines in the Ceed range - is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Inside Kia says that higher quality materials have been used throughout with a more modern design and features like the new steering wheel. All models come with a touchscreen at the top of the dash - either a 5.0-inch or 7.0-inch touchscreen audio system or a 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system. 

It also gets a slightly larger 395-litre boot - up by 15 litres plus better headroom in the front helped by a lower seating positions.

To improve the ride and handling, the Ceed gets fully-independent suspension and a faster steering rack, designed to make it more agile, along with revised spring and dampers.

Safety tech is also improved, with a new driver attention warning system which combats distracted or drowsy driving by monitoring a number of inputs from the vehicle and driver. Other features include automatic high beam switch, lane keeping assist and automatic city breaking.

Kia Ceed 2018 Range Road Test

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

List Price from £18,295
Buy new from £14,080
Contract hire from £155.65 per month

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