More than one million Kia Ceed models have been sold since the car went on sale back in 2006. But, in an extremely competitive class – that includes the VW Golf, Ford Focus and new Vauxhall Astra – an update was needed.
The changes range from the fairly minor (some slight exterior revisions and new interior trims) to major ones such as the addition of a new petrol engine. It takes the form of a super-efficient 1.0-litre three-cylinder, built as an answer to 1.0-litre Focus and Golf models.
The suspension has also been revised and extra sound deadening added to make the car more comfortable over long distances. The other major mechanical change is the option to specify a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that promises quick changes and little compromise in terms of running cost.
Space inside remains unchanged over the old model and all Ceeds come with five doors. Buyers looking for sportier looks should also consider the Kia Pro Ceed (a three-door version of the Ceed), while the Sportswagon estate is worth a look if you need a big boot.
All models come with air-conditioning, a Bluetooth phone connection and a DAB radio. The mid-range 2 trim comes with just about everything you need as standard, while GT-Line models get a different bodykit and larger wheels making the Kia look quite desirable – if you buy your Ceed before the 30th of June, you can move up from 2 trim to a GT-Line model free of charge.
The Kia Ceed is spacious and well-built inside but it can't quite provide the same driving experience as a Vauxhall Astra
Equipped with an economical 1.0-litre petrol engine and a throughly up-to-date seven-speed automatic gearbox – the Ceed has what it takes to be a great small family car. While the driving experience is more comfortable than ever, the Kia still falls behind its key alternatives when it comes to being fun to drive. But none of the competition can compete with the Kia’s seven-year warranty and it remains one of the car’s biggest selling points.
If you want some more in-depth detail about the Kia Ceed, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, to see what sort of offers are available on the Ceed, look at our deals page.