1.4 T-GDi First Edition
in the market for a five-
door family hatchback and have
pencilled in the likes of a Ford Focus
or VW Golf then heres
name for you
SINCE ARRIVING IN THE UK in August 2018 it has made a lot of new friends, and
is set to eclipse its predecessor's popularity as one of the South Korean brand's
best-selling models alongside their Sportage SUV. And if you need more load
space, this all-new Ceed also comes in Sportswagon estate guise.
It's a sharp and nicely proportioned looker, this new Ceed, fronted as it is
by a wider 'tiger-nose' high-gloss black grille flanked by elegant wraparound
LED headlights with integrated 'ice cube' style daytime running lights cut into
the sculptured bonnet and front wings. The flanks are interspersed by subtly
profiled wheelarches wrapped around attractive two-tone diamond-cut aluminium
alloy wheels, all topped off by a cab-rearward glasshouse flowing into the well-groomed
prices running from £18K through to £26K there's a Ceed for most budgets. And
an engine to match: petrol choices are 118bhp 1.0-litre and a new 138bhp direct-injection
turbocharged 1.4. Diesel gets a look in too with Kia's all-new 114bhp 1.6-litre
four-pot is eager to
please; acceleration is
all that you really need
with strong handy urge
in the low to middle
of the powerband allied
to decent refinement
and a weeks hard
driving saw a healthy
real-world test average
We've just spent a week tooling around in the 138bhp 1.4 T-GDi. This
engine replaces the earlier 1.6 T-GDi and delivers a tad more bhp plus, more
importantly, 178lb ft spread over a wider torque band. With a top speed of 130mph
and zero to 60mph done and dusted in 8.6 seconds, the rev-happy four-pot is
eager to please; acceleration is all that you really need, with strong handy
urge in the low to middle of the powerband allied to decent refinement that
ensures relaxed high speed cruising.
While the ample poke makes the Ceed an 'easy driver', switching between the
well-judged ratios is no hardship thanks to the light and accurate change action
of the six-speed 'stick'.
However, if at heart you're a two-pedal person then this T-GDi can be partnered
with a seven-speed twin-clutch autobox with benefits in economy the Combined
Cycle figure even goes up a bit, to 50.4mpg, plus the CO2 drops by 5g/km with
knock-on savings on road tax.
Officially good for 48.7mpg in the Combined Cycle, a week's hard driving saw
a healthy real-world test average of 44.9mpg recorded. So no complaints come
fill-up time. And, as is the norm with every Kia, peace of mind is solidly underpinned
by the brand's unbeatable 7-year/100,000-mile warranty.
Swing open the driver's door and you're welcomed by a smartly finished cabin
with black leather upholstery with contrast piping and a well orchestrated dash
with a 'floating' eight-inch touchscreen at its heart. The seats themselves
are shapely and comfortably bolstered. Both offer 3-stage cooling and heating
and come with powered lumbar support as well as being adjustable for height;
the driver is further cosseted with a ten-way power-adjustable memory seat and
restful left-foot rest. Enhanced by a fine driving position capped by a fist
of headroom, visibility out is excellent made better by decent side window
sizes and a clear view down the bonnet.
trim is nice to touch 'soft-feel' with satin chrome and piano black used tastefully.
The thorough fit and finish is underscored by the well-engineered 'thunk' you
hear every time a door shuts. Personal space is good with the ambiance brightened
considerably by a wide glass sunroof with powered tilt-and-slide operation
all one-shot, as too is the blackout sunblind and all four electric windows.
open the drivers
door and youre
welcomed by a smartly
finished cabin with black
leather upholstery with
contrast piping and
a well orchestrated dash
with a floating eight-
inch touchscreen at its
heart. Both the shapely
bolstered seats offer
three-stage cooling and
ahead of the driver is a trad-look instrument panel with crisp white-on-black
main dials sited either side of a digital multimode driver's information display.
The iPad-style touchscreen, angled slightly towards the driver, is as straightforward
as they come and easy to use whether its navigation or infotainment you're after.
The SatNav is courtesy of TomTom Live and comes with 3D mapping and traffic
messaging. Full postcode destination input and timely spoken directions along
with foolproof displays of motorway exits and super-easy zooming make this a
no-brainer system to use.
with voice recognition and audio streaming, a DAB radio, and an 8-speaker JBL
premium sound system that should please audiophiles are all standard-kit items,
as is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (both with voice control) and wireless
mobile phone charging. The posted speed limit is shown on the maps while your
road speed is displayed in large digits between the main dials.
Also making life simple for the driver are hardwired menu buttons (for direct
jumps to your self-appointed favourite function, media, map, navigation, etc)
as well as an electric handbrake with auto-hold function and a keyless Start-Stop
engine button. Scrolling through the driver's information on the move is straightforward
using the clearly marked button on the heated, multifunction leather-wrapped
wheel. Beneath the touchscreen runs a control strip for the dual-zone automatic
AirCon with knurled knobs and proper buttons so much easier than jabbing
a touchscreen while you're driving.
As usual for a Kia, in-cabin storage is well addressed with door pockets capable
of holding litre-size bottles, a sunglasses case, dual-use deep tray (with siamesed
cupholders) under a sliding lid, a deep box under the adjustable centre front
armrest and a perfectly usable and lit glovebox.
First Edition model comes with a well-padded equipment list that, in addition
to the many items mentioned elsewhere, includes keyless entry and keyless start,
heated and fan-ventilated cooled front seats, reversing camera (with dynamic
guidelines), smart parking system (for automatic parking in parallel or perpendicular
spaces), front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass, powerfolding (on demand
and automatically on leaving) heated door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside
lights, cruise control, autodimming rearview mirror, USB fast-charging port,
electric windows, rear spoiler, and 17-inch alloys.
ample room for four in
this mid-sized 4.3-metre
five with three side-by-
side on the back seat is
is as good in the
back despite seating six
inches higher than that
items include a full suite of front, side and curtain airbags, pedestrian-recognising
forward collision warning and avoidance with autonomous braking function, blind
spot warning, lane keeping assist, electronic stability control, hill start
assist, high beam assist, driver attention warning, full LED headlights with
cornering function, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, windscreen
wiper de-icer, rain-sensing wipers, automatic drive-off door locking, tyre pressure
monitoring, and speed limit information.
There's more than ample room for four in this efficiently packaged, mid-sized
4.3-metre family hatchback; five with three side-by-side on the back seat is
eminently doable. Surprisingly, headroom is easily as good in the back as it
is up front especially as the rear seats at set about six inches higher than
those in front.
Adults travelling in the rear cabin will also enjoy decent legroom for comfortable
journeying; even if they're a six-footer sitting behind another six-footer.
A low floor tunnel makes it easier for a third passenger in the middle while
just two get to make good use of the padded drop-down centre armrest while enjoying
the two-stage heating offered by both outer seats. Dedicated rear air vents,
useful netted magazine pouches on the front seatbacks, and Isofix child seat
fixings are all equally welcome features.
A decisive plus for many customers will be the Ceed's ride quality. Thanks to
its pliant quality allied to well-managed and nicely tied-down body control
it does a good job of smoothing out the bumps. Good enough, in fact, to give
its predominantly hard-riding family hatch rivals a (comfier) run for the money.
We found the easygoing and quiet ride made both long and short journeys in the
Ceed very palatable indeed.
engineers have signed-off on a well-judged accommodation between ride comfort
and dynamics this new Ceed handles with confidence, and that's down to
the new fully-independent suspension and numerous chassis tweaks made to ensure
it delivers on the driving verve front.
to its pliant
ride quality allied to well-
managed and nicely tied-
down body control the Ceed does a good job of
smoothing out the
bumps. Good enough,
in fact, to give its
riding family hatch rivals
a (comfier) run for
Power is put down through the front wheels and the electric power-driven rack-and-pinion
steering turns-in nicely and makes it easy to place through corners. Its predictable,
stable at speed, feels agreeably chuckable, and the 225/45-profile Michelin
tyres further enhance the mechanical grip levels. And when you need to stop
there's no drama thanks to discs at each corner, vented at the front.
new model's slightly larger dimensions also benefit the boot which now measures
a family luggage-friendly 395 litres. Fold down the 60:40-split rear seatbacks
and you'll open up a practical loadbay with a seamless and level floor; accessed
though a large tailgate, it will swallow 1,291 litres of cargo.
A two-level floor makes loading even easier and there's a space saver spare
wheel (and extra storage) beneath the boot floor. Naturally, given they're almost
as indispensable as cupholders, bag hooks are also provided. Towing is on the
menu too: the 1.4 T-GDi will haul a braked 1,000kg.
Overall this easy-to-drive new Ceed is a very well-rounded package with a comprehensive
spec and a smart and comfortable cabin and enough ability to make it entertaining
to drive and more than 'just' a very competent family hatchback. ~ MotorBar
Kia Ceed 1.4 T-GDi First Edition
Maximum speed: 130mph | 0-60mph: 8.6 seconds | Test Average: 44.9mpg
Power: 138bhp | Torque: 178lb ft | CO2: 132g/km