KIA

KIA CEED HATCHBACK 1.0T GDi ISG GT-Line 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2136 g/km

This improved version of Kia's third generation Ceed has further sharpened its proposition in the Focus-class family hatchback segment, with smarter looks, extra technology and stronger standards of safety equipment. As before, value continues as a strong suit and there's an industry-leading warranty. Potentially then, there's a lot to like here.

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Kia has added a bit of extra polish to its third generation Ceed family hatch. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

This improved version of Kia's third generation Ceed has further sharpened its proposition in the Focus-class family hatchback segment, with smarter looks, extra technology and stronger standards of safety equipment. As before, value continues as a strong suit and there's an industry-leading warranty. Potentially then, there's a lot to like here.

Background

If you want to better appreciate just why Kia is one of the world's fastest growing automotive brands, you've only to look at this car, the Ceed family hatchback. The Slovakian factory that builds it only opened its doors in 2006 yet already, way over a million Ceed models have been built. Automotive historians will look back at the original version of this car (then badged 'cee'd') as a landmark design, the first to take on the European and Japanese market leaders on their own terms in the volume Focus and Golf-dominated Family Hatchback sector. Built in the heart of Europe, it was targeted at the heart of the European motor industry, hence the unusual name, a combination of the French abbreviation for European Community (CE) and this car's project title (ED). It shamed the established players by matching their quality while massively undercutting their prices and offering an astonishingly long 7-year warranty. But times change - and so do market segments. So in 2018, Kia re-designed this MK3 'CD'-series model with a more athletic look and added more efficient engines and extra technology. Then enhanced the whole package three years on, creating the car we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

A few things are new beneath the bonnet. For the petrol line-up, the previous 1.4 T-GDi unit is replaced by a cleaner 1.5 T-GDi engine offering a bit more power (158bhp) and paired to either 6-speed manual transmission or a '7DCT' dual-clutch auto. The 1.6-litre CRDi diesel got Kia's 48V mild hybrid tech towards the end of the pre-facelift MK3 model's production run and now Kia has paired this 134bhp unit with their latest 'iMT' manual transmission. This 'clutch-by-wire' system contributes to the MHEV system's enhanced fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions while retaining the driver engagement of a conventional manual gearbox. A '7DCT' auto is again optional. As before, most sales will be of the 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol three cylinder powerplant, with its manual gearbox and 118bhp output. Not too much has changed dynamically, but not too much needed to, Kia having benchmarked the family hatch class leaders when this MK3 Ceed was first introduced back in 2018. As before, its fully-independent suspension system is much more sophisticated than the cruder torsion beam arrangement you get on cheaper Golf and Focus models and aims to provide drivers with more agile and immediate handling responses, complemented by carefully chosen spring and damper rates and quite a fast steering rack. The ride has been developed on Europe's wide variety of road surfaces, remaining comfortable while giving drivers the confidence of tighter body control under cornering and stability at higher speeds. Some of this tuning happened in the UK to ensure the Ceed performs well on our unique roads.

Design and Build

As before, there's a choice of five-door hatchback, Sportswagon estate and ProCeed shooting brake body styles. Facelifts are usually about a bit of a nip and tuck, but this one sees a completely redesigned front end, with smarter headlamps flanking a 'tiger nose' front grille upgraded to a black gloss finish with satin chrome highlights. Even more overt are the two large side air intakes shooting through the front bumper, creating a sportier look. At the rear, the surface between the LED combi lamps has been smoothed out to accommodate the company's latest brand emblem. And a glossy black diffuser has been added to the sportier rear bumper. It's all a bit more up-market inside too, Kia having worked on the interior decor, introducing sophisticated soothing colours and more tactile materials. Plusher grades get a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster with high-resolution graphics. And a frameless 10.25-inch centrally mounted display with infotainment, navigation and telematics connectivity features. Driver-centric in its layout, the centre console is angled slightly towards the driver's seat for ease of use on the move. In the rear, there's decent shoulder room for rear passengers by class standards. And out back in the standard hatch, there's a reasonable 395-litre boot. It's 594-litre for the ProCeed shooting brake and 625-litres for the Sportswagon estate.

Market and Model

Pricing sits in much the same £20,000 to £30,000 bracket as the earlier version of this third generation model, with most buyers choosing either the five-door hatchback body shape or the alternative Sportswagon estate. There are the usual '2', '3' and 'GT-Line' trim levels. The stylised ProCeed shooting brake estate is priced from around £25,000. Whichever Ceed you choose, you'd expect to find it decently equipped - it is - but the key change with this update lies with the availability of even more 'ADAS' ('Advanced Driver Assist') systems, Kia having updated its 'Driver Attention Warning' and 'Blind-spot Warning' systems. In addition to the car's seven standard airbags, included safety kit runs to High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Warning autonomous braking with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist. Connectivity's taken a step forward too - not only with the larger cabin screens (up to 12.3-inches for the instrument cluster and up to 10.25-inches for the centre stack monitor) but also with telematics. The brand now offers its 'Kia Connect' smartphone app which allows customers to connect remotely with their cars. A new 'User Profile Transfer' feature enables users to back up their in-vehicle Kia Connect preferences via the cloud and transfer settings from one vehicle to the next.

Cost of Ownership

The latest Smartstream engine technology in use here incorporates Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) to optimise performance. CVVD also serves to improve fuel efficiency alongside a Low-Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LP-EGR) system, which returns some of the hot gases produced by the engine to the combustion chamber to reduce pumping losses and improve fuel economy. So much for the tech; what about the WLTP results? Well, the latest 1.5 T-GDi petrol engine manages up to 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and up to 129g/km - in manual form. The base 1.0 T-GDi three cylinder petrol powerplant improves that to 54.3mpg and 118g/km. For the 1.6-litre CRDi MHEV diesel, it's up to 62.8mpg and 120g/km. As usual with Kia, there's a 7 year or 100,000 mile warranty which, since it can be passed from owner to owner, should help the impressively strong residual values. You might want to note that roadside assistance cover is limited to one year, but you do get a long 12 year bodywork warranty. Maintenance costs can be kept down by opting for Kia's 'Care-3' or 'Care-3 Plus' servicing packages, which offer a fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing plan for the first three or five years, something which can also be passed on to subsequent owners.

Summary

There will still be people of course, who'll blindly buy a Focus, a Golf or some other family hatchback from a conventional mainstream brand without considering its Korean alternative. But these will largely be uninformed folk yet to fully cotton on to the way that products in this segment have changed. Thanks to the continuing success of this Ceed model line, there are fewer and fewer customers of this kind around. Of course, shortlist selection isn't the same as a sale. There are family hatch folk who'll want more powerful engines or more dynamic handling than this car can offer. But, I'd suggest, many more will enjoy this Kia's sharp looks, impressive quality, strong safety standards and low running costs. True, the asking prices may be a little higher than you might expect from a South Korean brand, but don't judge them until you've tried the product, a confident design from a very confident brand. We think you might like it.

  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Tinted glass
  • Heated rear window with timer
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Automatic defog system
  • All-round Electric Windows with Front Auto Up & Down Function
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Windscreen Washer Level Warning

  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Traction control

  • Bluetooth with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming
  • Apple car play/Android Auto with voice control

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City/Pedestrian
  • Motor driven power steering
  • Driver attention warning
  • Reversing camera with dynamic guide lines
  • Lane keep assist
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Kia connected services featuring TomTom live
  • 4.2" supervision colour cluster display
  • 10.25" touchscreen satellite navigation including telematics

  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with LED Indicators and Kerbside Lights
  • Wide view drivers door mirror
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • High gloss black door mirrors

  • Satin Chrome Fascia Trim

  • Intelligent Stop and Go

  • DAB Radio with MP3
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Illuminated USB & aux ports
  • USB Fast Charger in Front Centre Console
  • 6 speaker audio system
  • USB & AUX Ports for Connection of a Media Device

  • High Gloss Black and Satin Chrome Radiator Grille
  • Body Colour Exterior Door Handles
  • High gloss black side sill mouldings
  • Air intake with black accent lower lip
  • Body coloured rear spoiler with high gloss black trim
  • Rear bumper with dual exhaust
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Illuminated front door handles
  • Chrome window surround

  • LED daytime running lights
  • High beam assist
  • LED rear lights
  • LED rear fog light
  • Automatic headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED High-mounted Brake Light
  • Projection headlights

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning

  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Faux leather door trim
  • Rear centre armrest
  • 3 x passenger assist grips
  • Cloth/faux leather upholstery
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Black High Gloss Front Console Tray garnish & door trim
  • Leather steering wheel and gearshift
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Luggage hooks
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather handbrake
  • Cupholders in rear armrest
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Black headlining
  • Centre console storage box/armrest
  • Cupholders in centre console
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Dual Height Luggage Area Floor
  • Front and rear door storage
  • Luggage area parcel shelf
  • Interior door lock/unlock function
  • Leather D-Cut steering wheel with grey stitching

  • Luggage area light
  • Dash illumination dimmer switch
  • Front map light with sunglasses case

  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Dual front side airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Dual horn
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Twin Curtain Airbags
  • All round 3-point seatbelts
  • Twin front airbags
  • Seatbelt reminder warning
  • Impact sensing auto door unlocking

  • Front Passenger Seat Height Adjuster
  • All-round height adjustable headrests
  • ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver's seat height adjuster
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Alarm system
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Engine Immobiliser & Deadlocks

  • Driver & Front Passenger Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror Illumination & Ticket Holder

  • 17" GT-Line alloy wheels

  • Tyre mobility kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 126
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.121
  • HC: 0.024
  • NOx: 0.022
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 136

  • CC: 998
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 43.5
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 57.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: GT-Line
  • Coin Description: GDi
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 9E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 52
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 68
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 118
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000

  • Engine Power - BHP: 118
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.7
  • Top Speed: 118
  • Engine Power - KW: 88
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 127
  • Engine Torque - NM: 172
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 17.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R17
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1442
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4325
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2650

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1315
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1800
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Loading Weight: 485
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 395
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1291

  • Premium paint: £570
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Solid - Silver frost: £0

  • Premium paint - Blue flame: £570
  • Premium paint - Fusion white: £570
  • Premium paint - Dark penta metal: £570
  • Premium paint - Infra red: £570
  • Premium paint - Phantom black: £570

  • Cloth/faux leather - Black/light grey: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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