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For The Kia Ceed is great value for money, with lots of space, a high-quality cabin and plenty of kit for a very competitive price.

Against It’s not as good to drive as many European rivals, and the 1.6 petrol engine could be punchier and more refined.

Kia Ceed Hatchback
44 5stars

The Kia Ceed can compete with the best hatchbacks in a number of areas, so it should definitely feature on your shortlist.

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There are 16 Kia Ceed versions available

Hatchback 1.4 98 1 5dr £14,400 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 98 VR7 5dr £14,995 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 89 1 5dr £15,695 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 89 VR7 5dr £16,290 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 1 ISG 5dr £16,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 98 2 5dr £16,400 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 GDi 133 2 ISG 5dr £17,195
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 2 ISG 5dr £18,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 GDi 133 3 ISG 5dr £18,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 3 ISG 5dr £20,095
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T-GDi 201 GT 5dr £20,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 GDi 133 4 ISG 5dr £20,600
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 4 ISG 5dr £21,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 GDi 133 4 Tech ISG 5dr £22,500
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T-GDi 201 GT Tech 5dr £22,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 126 4 Tech ISG 5dr £23,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

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 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

Kia Ceed Hatchback 1.4 98 1 5dr

Took one of these (1.4 petrol) out for the day whilst my own Mk2 Cee'd Diesel was in for a service. There's no doubting that this is a substantial…

Jonathan Challis

4 out of 5 stars
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