Kia Cee'd (2010 – 2012) Review

Kia Cee'd (2010 – 2012) At A Glance


+Facelifted Cee'd with a sharper look. Improvements in economy and reductions in CO2. Seven year warranty as standard. All engines chain cam.

-1.6 petrol model remains a bit low geared. Some interior plastics feel a little cheap.

Insurance Groups are between 13–18
On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure

With scrappage prices from £8,000, the Kia Cee'd and Hyundai i30 sold like fans in a heat wave. Now, there's a new, refreshed cee'd with a more upmarket look, lower emission engines and tax rates from just £20 from April next year.

The EcoDynamics diesel manages that by virtue of its very simple ‘Intelligent Stop Go system' that turns off the power when the car is stationary, then starts it again as soon as the driver presses the clutch. It's foolproof, despite the disconcerting feeling of sitting at the traffic lights in silence, unsure you'll be able to get off smartly enough as soon as they turn green.

To force us to test it out, Kia sent us on a circuitous route through Liverpool's revamped town centre that happens to have more traffic lights per mile than anywhere else I've ever driven. And, of course, the car was absolutely fine.

Real MPG average for a Kia Cee'd (2010 – 2012)


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Average performance


Real MPG

28–69 mpg

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Can you reccomend a reliable, £8000 car to do 20,000 miles a year?

"Can you recommend a comfortable, reliable car to do approximately 20,000 miles a year on windy B-roads. My budget is £8000 and I was thinking a 2011 onwards Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI or a newer Ford Mondeo. I will be importing to Ireland so reliability is important as I won't have much comeback on a dealer."
Check them out in the Good/Bad sections of The Mondeo only just escaped the top 10 most complained about cars. While Mercedes C-Class are fairly solid they don't come away with a completely clean sheet. Always worth considering a KIA Cee'd or Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi.
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Do 'active headrests' come under the Kia warranty?

"I have a 2011 Kia Cee'd 3 CRDI. It's a lovely car but when you sit in either of the two front seats the seat back appears to collapse. I have no lumber support function and it can quite often happen while driving. I've done some research and found that the Kia is fitted with a system called 'Active headrests'. These are designed to allow you body to sinks into the seat and the headrest move forward limiting the travel of your neck in a rear accident. Should this come under the Kia warranty?"
In a word, yes, it should be covered. Best wishes.
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Need a cheap, used family car with low running costs

"Can you recommend a used family car that's reliable, safe, economical and low in maintenance? I have £3500 to spend."
Probably a KIA Cee'd or a Hyundai i30, but better with a six-speed gearbox because the 1.4 and 1.6 five-speed petrol models are low geared for the motorway.
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Searching for a used automatic family car with a petrol engine

"I need help buying a used automatic family car. My budget is £6000. I would like it to be a torque converter automatic gearbox and a petrol as I only drive 4000 miles a year. What cars would you recommend? "
Pre-2012 KIA cee'd or Hyundai i30 were torque converter. So is pre-2013 Mazda 3. I don't think you'll fins a Honda Civic 1.8iVTEV+C 5-speed torque converter auto for £6k.
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