Kia Cee’d

Kia Ceed motability carThe Kia Cee’d, now in its second incarnation which has received a mid life ‘nip and tuc’ for 2016, is a five door hatchback and estate, called a Sportswagon, a new three door hatch, the Pro Cee’d, is reviewed separately. Competition is tough for the Cee’d as it’s up against the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf and its Korean brother the Hyundai i30.  Kia have come a long way since the Kia Pride became their first model to hit the UK streets in 1991, they are now famed for combining excellent value and build quality, all new Kia’s have a 7 year warranty and to top it all the latest range of cars are both good to look at and engaging to drive. The Cee’d, despite the daft name, is spacious, comfortable and attractive, the kidney shaped grille, adopted across all new Kia cars, gives the Cee’d an extra eye catching quality.

 

Kia Ceed motability car rear

The Kia Cee’d is available in four trim levels, imaginatively titled, 1, 2, 3, 4 and GT Line. The Cee’d in trim ‘1’ is well equipped, bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, electric front windows, air conditioning, DAB radio and USB and AUX ports. The ‘2’, trim adds 16″ alloy wheels, LED running lights, cruise control and heated electric folding door mirrors, trim 3 adds a 7″ touch screen sat nav with reversing camera, climate control, privacy glass and power lumbar controlled seats, trim 4 has heated leather seats, 17″ alloys and a smart entry system with start/stop button. The Sporty GT Line has Ice Cube LED running lights, multifunction LCD display in the place of traditional dials, twin exhausts and rear LED’s.

 

Kia Ceed motability car interior

There are a number of engines available but the smart choice is between the new three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol with either 98 or 118 bhp petrol is confusingly badged as a GDi and the 134bhp 1.6 litre diesel as CRDi. The 98bhp petrol performs well offering 0-62 time of 12.4 seconds the 118bhp reaches the tape in 10.7 seconds and economy of up to 57.6 miles per gallon for both.  The new 134bhp 1.6 litre diesel can reach 62mph in as quick as 9.5 seconds as a six speed manual or 10.7 seconds as a seven speed dual clutch automatic with a claimed economy of up to 74.3 miles per gallon as a manual or 67.3 as an automatic. The 1.0 litre petrol is only available in GT-Line trim this quarter starting at £799.

 

Kia Ceed Sportswagon motability car

The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon (SW) is classy, refined and roomy enough to be the perfect family holdall. Available from £99 with the 1.4 litre diesel engine but we would recommend stepping up to the 1.6 diesel  if you spend any time on the open road or you have a family to move around. Some cars suit being an estate car and the Cee’d is certainly one, but if you are after driving thrills you should look elsewhere else.

Summer Best Buy – Kia Cee’d ‘1’ 1.4 litre 98bhp petrol 5 door hatchback Manual  –  Nil Advance Payment  (£59.29 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Kia Cee’d ‘1’ 1.6 diesel (134bhp) 5 door Estate (SW) Manual  –   £399 Advance Payment  (£61.95 wpms)

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