Kia Cee’d Review

The Kia Cee’d is due to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, and will see a few firsts to welcome it in. These include a brand new three pot 1.0-litre T-GDi engine, as well as a seven-speed Dual-clutch transmission, and a new ‘GT Line’ spec. The car has also benefited from a few visual tweaks that makes it look sportier than last time around, and which was no doubt needed in lieu of the fact that Vauxhall and Ford are preparing to launch a new Astra and Focus respectively later this year. Let’s take a closer look at what the new Kia Cee’d offers.

New Technology

The brand themselves seem particularly excited about the introduction of a three cylinder 1.0-litre T-DGi engine, and because it improves running costs as well as CO2 figures, there’s every reason buyers should be excited too. Moreover, this promises to be a very capable unit that will offer strong and tenacious performance, and is the first of the brand’s downsized engines that will land in Europe this spring. The power plant develops 120PS and 172Nm of torque, and comes wedded to a six-speed manual transmission as well as the brand’s ISG system, which helps to save on fuel.

Other engines in the Kia Cee’d range include the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel that is an improvement on its predecessor. Now capable of 133PS and 285Nm (a significant increase of 20Nm), it now releases torque earlier, meaning acceleration is more potent – it can get to 60mph from rest in less than 10 seconds. Power and performance have both been improved, yet at the same time Kia assure us that CO2 emissions will be down – however slightly. Also new for the 2015 Kia Cee’d is the use of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that is only available with GT models. If you do opt for one of these models, you’ll be treated to quicker gear changes, as well as better running costs – which is always a bonus.

Upmarket Kia

The new GT Line is set to be the jewel in the Kia Cee’d ’s crown. It has a sporty, dynamic look that makes it a clear target for racier enthusiasts, and is available in 3 body types – five door, three door Kia Cee’d and the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon. In terms of the exterior, buyers will now find their new Kia Cee’d equipped with contemporary ice-cube LED daytime running lights, as well as a bigger, wider bumper that really affirms this cars’ new dynamic look. If you opt for the GT, you’ll also get twin exhausts, whilst opting for the Sportswagon means you’ll be treated to dual exhausts.

Step inside a GT, and you’ll find a car saturated in high quality material. For anyone who remembers the time when a Kia was a budget car, the sporty ambience to be found here might cause you to drop your jaw right down to the black upholstery that comes draped in grey stitching. Sounds nice, eh? GT logos abound throughout the cabin, which buyers will either find cool or nauseating, but the leather steering wheel will surely excite everyone. Moreover, the Kia Cee’d GT also comes with aluminium alloy pedals, whilst interior space and comfort is better than ever. The boot offers up 380-litres of space, which is bigger than both a Golf and a Focus.

Facts and Figures

The Kia Cee’d price range is expected to start out from around £14,000 and rise to about £23,995 for plusher models, whilst you’ll be able to get hold of a used Kia Cee’d for a little less. Safety equipment is good, with standard safety equipment across the new Kia Cee’d range including anti-lock brakes, stability control, emergency brake assist, and hill assist control. There are a few engines to choose from, with the 1.4-litre GDi petrol returning 50.4mpg in Ecodynamics trim, whilst emitting 130g/km of CO2.

Final Thoughts

The new Kia Cee’d is going to be a big car for Kia, and this is a big year for it. It’s no longer as cheap as it used to be (the days of Kia being a budget car are long gone), but there’s no doubt that this is a better car than it’s ever been. It has to be when you consider that there is a new Vauxhall Astra as well as a new Ford Focus on the horizon. The Korean’s simply couldn’t have just tweaked a few headlamps for this one; they had to make some dramatic changes that were a real statement of intent. So we have a three pot engine for the first time, seven-speed dual clutch technology, an interior that is awash with real quality and space, as well as some great savings on energy and fuel. Now all we need to do is wait and see if Vauxhall and Ford can top it.

If you want to get hold of a new Kia Cee’d don’t hesitate to leave us a message on our contact page, or give us a call on 01903 538835 to find out more about our Kia Cee’d lease deals.

Will Titterington
  • 9th June 2016

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