Kia Ceed Review 2024
Kia Ceed At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 9–20
On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure
The Kia Ceed has carved out its own niche since the first-generation model was launched in 2007 as an excellent-value family hatchback with a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. The third generation of the Kia Ceed arrived in 2018 and it faces tough competition from some of the best family cars around, including the Ford Focus, stylish SEAT Leon and ever-popular Vauxhall Astra. Read on for our full Kia Ceed review.
The Kia Ceed is more than just an impressive warranty. It boasts plentiful appeal in its own right, thanks to competitive prices and considerable levels of standard equipment.
Over time, the range of engines offered has been reduced, as we will explain in our Kia Ceed review, with just one option now available.
The 1.5-litre T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol has 158PS, delivering a reasonable blend of performance and economy. Previously, buyers had a choice of engines ranging from a diminutive 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit through to a 1.6-litre GT turbo hot hatch. However, there is a choice between manual and automatic transmissions for the Kia Ceed customer.
Compared to its closest rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf, this limited powertrain line-up puts the Kia Ceed on the back foot. There is no hybrid option, or plug-in hybrid, placing the car out of step with market trends.
Where the Kia Ceed may surprise you is with its handling and ride quality. The steering is quick, adding a layer of agility that pushes it closer to the class best in this regard. Its suspension manages to strike a pleasing balance between comfort and body control.
Against some newer rivals, the interior of the Kia Ceed does look a little dated. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. There are no frustrating touchscreen controls for the air conditioning, for example, and the infotainment system is quick and easy to understand.
Everything is made with quality materials, and there is a sense the Kia Ceed will easily outlast that seven-year warranty period. The cabin is packed with plenty of equipment, again illustrating Kia’s quest to deliver value for money.
Even the entry-level Kia Ceed 2 benefits from 16-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch multimedia touchscreen, air-conditioning and smartphone compatibility.
Boot capacity in the Kia Ceed manages to better that found in the Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus, with overall interior space that is more than sufficient for families.
When the Kia Ceed was first introduced, it delivered incredible value for money. With the passage of time, the car is no longer quite the bargain it once was, but it still proves to be an affordable option in the mid-size hatchback segment.
Prices start from less than £23,000, with even the fanciest GT-Line S model coming in at around £31,000. By comparison, the cheapest Ford Focus costs at least £27,000.
It may not be the most exciting to drive, or offer the most interior space, but the Kia Ceed is an impressive all-rounder that does very little wrong.
Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's Kia Ceed review.