The Kia Ceed is an affordable family hatchback that’s impressively practical and comes packed with high-tech features as standard, but you’d hardly call it fun to drive.
The Kia Ceed is an affordable small family hatchback with a spacious interior and an impressively practical boot.
The new Kia Ceed comes with plenty of standard equipment and a fairly upmarket cabin. Even entry-level models come with a 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone mirroring and you get a smattering of metal-effect trims and loads of soft, squidgy plastic trims across the range.
The seats are pretty supportive, too, and there’s more than enough adjustment for tall drivers to get comfy in the Kia Ceed’s front seats. Go for a top-spec car and you even get 10-way electric adjustment and electric lumbar support to prevent backache on long journeys.
Thankfully, back-seat comfort hasn’t been forgotten – space in the rear seats is very nearly as generous as is the front. As a result, there’s enough room for a six-foot-tall passenger to sit behind an equally tall driver and the soft central seat and almost flat floor means there’s space for three adults to sit side-by-side – if not quite as much room as you get in a Golf.
It’s not just passengers the Kia Ceed can carry with ease – its boot is roomy, too. You’ll be able to squeeze more into its 395-litre boot than in almost any other small hatchback and the standard adjustable floor means there’s no load lip to worry about.
Flip the back seats down and there’s enough space to carry a bike with its wheel attached, too. In fact, the only thorn in the side of the impressive practical Kia Ceed is that there isn’t quite enough space under the boot floor to store the parcel shelf.
The latest Kia Ceed might have lost the old version’s oddly placed apostrophe, but it’s gained a bucketload of upmarket features and a seriously stylish new look.
If you don’t plan to fill your Kia Ceed’s boot to the brim, then the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol engine will be powerful enough. It’s smooth around town and can handle the odd motorway jaunt without feeling overly strained. There’s a more powerful 1.4-litre version that’s worth considering if you do a mix of town and motorway driving and a very frugal 1.6-litre diesel if you plan on driving the Kia Ceed for long distances. If you’re after something sportier, the 1.6-litre petrol is worth considering.
If you do lots of long trips, the optional seven-speed automatic gearbox is a worthy upgrade. The standard six-speed manual is easy enough to use, but the automatic’s smooth, responsive and more relaxing to use for long periods – especially in traffic.
Whichever engine and gearbox you go for, you’ll find the Kia Ceed a doddle to drive. The light controls and large windows help make manoeuvring through town as easy as possible and its supple suspension does an excellent job of ironing out large potholes. It’s pretty quiet at speed, too – despite a little door-mirror-induced wind noise – and even entry-level cars get cruise control as standard.
Sure, it’s not as much fun to drive as a Ford Focus – even in its sportiest GT guise. But, the Ceed comes with plenty of high-tech features designed to make it as safe as possible. It hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP yet, but the standard automatic emergency braking, cruise control and lane-keeping assist should help make it one of the safest small family cars on sale.
If you’re looking for a safe, well-equipped and comfortable family car and aren’t too fussed about fancy badges or sporty handling, the Kia Ceed makes an excellent choice.