Kia Ceed

4/5
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Verdict

Kia updated their Cee’d during the last quarter of 2015. The exterior received some very subtle changes and it would take the eagle eyed of you to choose the new from the old if they were both put in front of you. The front of the updated model has become slightly bulkier and wider, and some chrome trimmings now adorn parts of the vehicle. New engine choices also means that the 2016 cee’d is slightly more environmentally friendly.

Performance

The Cee’d has received two new engine choices. The first new engine is a three cylinder 1.0 litre T-GDI petrol which has been built by Kia themselves. This little engine offers a nice amount of poke and it competes well with Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost range. The power output is 120 PS and it has a top speed of 185 km/h. It also offers maximum torque of 172Nm between 1,500 and 4,000rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The other new engine is a 1.6 litre CRDi diesel. This is a complete upgrade of an old engine. A new high-pressure injection system and a continuously-controlled variable oil pump has been added to reduce friction loss within the engine. This engine is available with a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission and offers a top speed of 190 km/h. Also on offer to the Irish market is a 1.4 litre MPI petrol engine that offers 100 PS and a top speed of 183km/h. There is a slightly more powerful petrol offering 135 PS and a top speed of 195 km/h – this is also available with a six-speed automatic dual clutch transmission.

Ride & Handling

The suspension of the Cee’d is firm but it still soaks up bumps without too much effort. The ride is comfortable but sadly the sporty body is about as sporty as this machine gets. It looks great but it would be great if the drive was a little bit more exciting. To be honest the Cee’d ticks many of the right boxes when it comes to handling. It corners well and the grip is tight. It doesn’t suffer from body roll either.

Refinement

Both the diesel and petrol models tend to make some noise while you’re trying to get to a comfortable cruising speed on the motorway. The petrol engine calms down once you get to a steady 100 km/h but the diesel maintains its grumblings. Road and wind noise is not terrible, but it’s still noticeable.

Quality & Reliability

The interior of the Cee’d has seen a few minor improvements. The quality of the materials used has been improved but being honest they weren’t terrible to begin with. The interior of most Kia cars are made of good quality materials. Entry level models will not be jam packed with high end touch screens, etc., but the systems are very easy to use.

Safety & Security

In 2012 Kia received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests. The Cee’d scored 89% for adult occupancy, 88% for child occupancy and 61% for pedestrian safety. Apart from a myriad of safety systems, the Cee’d also comes with 6 airbags as standard.

Space & Practicality

The Cee’d is available as a five-door, a three-door (Pro-Cee’d), or as a sportswagen. All offer plenty of room to the front. The rear in all models is ample for at least two adults. The boot space of the Cee’d is generous too, offering 380 litres which would be more than the Ford Focus.

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Key Facts

Make

Kia

Model
Ceed
Variant
1.4 TX Petrol
Car Category
Family Hatch
First year of model production
2012
Engine (L)
1.4
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€19,650
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
Average L/100 km
5.6
Average km/L
17.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
53
Fuel Tank Range
946 km
Cost of filling a tank
€69.64
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.72
CO2 emmissions
138 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
100 bhp
Max Power kW
75
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1368
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
182 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.5 s
Town KPG
8.80 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
5.30 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
380 L

Warranty

All Components
7 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
7 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
5 Year paint warranty
Mileage
150000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assist

Dimensions

Boot capacity
380 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
195/65R15 mm
Tyre size back
195/65R15 mm
Length
4505 mm
Width
1780 mm
Height
1485 mm
Wheel Base
2650 mm
Front Track (mm)
1485
Kerb weight
1308 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1820
Turning circle (m)
10.6

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Steering
Steering rack
Power
100 bhp