Kia Cee'd 1.6 GS
Year '08/08 Price £6000
This was a decision that took our judges some time. The problem? The Ford Focus has been the best used small family hatchback for the last few years, and only a great car could steal its crown. This Kia is that car, and you can pick up a used model for just £6000.
Since its launch in 2007 it has established itself as a reliable and dependable hatchback. It was best small family car in this year’s JD Power survey, and the only model to achieve a full five-star result. As the Cee’d comes with a seven-year warranty from new, you still get five years’ cover if you buy a two-year-old model – something rivals can’t match.
Light, responsive steering, limited body roll and a reasonable ride make the Cee’d decent to drive. The cabin will take four adults with ease, or five at a pinch, and the boot is well shaped and easy to load, although it isn’t the biggest. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is smooth and reasonably punchy, and it won’t guzzle unleaded.
editor-in-chief, What Car?
‘Whether you’re buying privately or at a dealer, you’ll have the remainder of Kia’s seven-year warranty for great peace of mind. The Cee’d’s a JD Power class winner, too.’
The Cee’d isn’t that well known on the used market, or as common as the Focus, but we think that works in its favour, and gives the Kia an air of exclusivity. However, as more cars come on sale, and people cotton on to the Kia’s capabilities, we think interest in the Cee’d will grow.
You won’t struggle to pick up this Cee’d, though. Dealerships still have the best selection of vehicles, and if you opt for a car 18-months old or younger on Kia’s approved used scheme the warranty gets topped up to the original seven years.
Fuel economy 44.1mpg
Max speed 119mph
CO2 emissions 152g/km
Euro NCAP rating 5/5
Reliability rating 5/5
Service intervals 10,000 miles
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