Kia Ceed review

Kia Ceed
Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

With plenty of room and sharp steering, Kia’s hatchback is well suited as a family car.

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Kia has loads of faith in itself – and rightly so if the Ceed is anything to go by.

The car’s sleek headlights and wide grille help to give it a poised look, and at launch, a couple of years ago, the latest version of the hatchback boasted the best-in-class-rear-shoulder-room.

The interior quality of the Ceed is on an equal footing with VW’s Golf, with well-made switchgear, and soft-to-the-touch surfaces covering the dashboard and doors. There’s also a bright and simple-to-use touchscreen fitted.

I was lent the keys to the 1.4-litre T-GDi Ceed in GT-Line spec. It’s effortless to drive, and very hushed and punchy, too. The petrol-propelled test-car came with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).

If you’re unsure what that is, it works like an automatic gearbox, requiring no input from you to change gears. However, if you don’t mind a bit of left hand and foot work, then a manual transmission will save you over £800.

Excellent room

The Ceed in this guise is relatively economical, returning an average of 45mpg, while CO2 emissions are 142g/km. The only pitfall with the car is a lack of ride comfort. It’s not a big concern, but things are a tad firm.

Yes, it means you get a sporty ride, especially on 17-inch alloy wheels, and the hatchback stays level in corners, but it never feels relaxed, even at cruising speed.  

There are no criticisms from me about the Ceed’s steering, however. It weights up well, and it’s pin-sharp. Certainly, the car encourages driving confidence, and you quickly feel at ease behind the wheel.

All this, as well as excellent room and a well-screwed-together cabin, is what you need from a family car. It’s reasonably priced, too – with this model costing £24,235 on the road.

Fast Facts – Kia Ceed 1.4 T-GDi GT-Line as tested:

  • Max speed: 129mph
  • 0-60 mph: 8.9 secs
  • Combined mpg: 45.6
  • Engine layout: 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
  • Max. power (PS): 140
  • CO2: 142g/km           
  • Price: £24,235

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