Kia Ceed (2018) Review
Kia Ceed (2018) At A Glance
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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.
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Real MPG average for a Kia Ceed (2018)
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