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For The diesel engine pulls strongly, revs sweetly and is relaxed at motorway speeds.

Against This version costs a lot more to buy than the entry-level versions. The Ceed isn't as good to drive as rivals.

Kia Ceed Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

The Kia Ceed 1.6D CRDi 128 1 ISG is the best Cee'd we've driven to date. Thoroughly recommended.

What Car? readers say


Key facts

11.5 secs
Top speed
122 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

So far, we’ve tried only two of the engines available in the Kia Ceed. The 126bhp 1.6 diesel is the better of the pair - it pulls strongly, revs sweetly and is relaxed at motorway speeds. The 133bhp 1.6 petrol doesn’t feel nearly as punchy as its 9.9sec 0-62mph sprint time would suggest.

There’s a wide range of trims available, so you can spec your car to be basic and cheap or fully tooled-up, with various degrees in between. Whichever model you go for, though, you’ll get air-con, front electric windows, central locking, an iPod-compatible CD stereo and Bluetooth connectivity at the very least.

Another quick word to the wise. Some of the early cars will come on Hankook tyres and some will come on Continentals depending on trim and wheel size. Experience tells us that the Contis are much better for grip, compliancy and noise. Before your order, make sure you ask your dealer which tyres your chosen variant will come on, and arrange to get them changed if necessary.

Reader test team says:

Kia Ceed Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 2 ISG 5dr

Bought a nearly new Kia Ceed CRDI 1.6 Auto in April 2014. I needed to get a car quickly and decided to go for a Ceed out of a shortlist made of a…

Eric Camier

3 out of 5 stars

Kia Ceed Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 4 ISG 5dr

Cabin is premium. Included on this car are: leather seats, heated seats, heated steering wheel, dual climate control, sat nav, reversing camera,…

Daniel Lockey

5 out of 5 stars

Kia Ceed Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 2 ISG 5dr

Before purchasing the Kia I also tried the Ford Focus as a comparison and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the Ceed compared to the Ford.…

Philip Jones

5 out of 5 stars

Kia Ceed Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 1 ISG 5dr

Had a new white 1.6 diesel auto on hire for 6 days just a couple of weeks ago. The first thing that hit me was how strikingly good the car…

Peter Piper

4 out of 5 stars
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