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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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24 reader reviews for Kia Ceed Hatchback.
  • 1.6 CRDi 126 4 5dr

    David Green , Buckinghamshire . Date: 20/10/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    The Good: Was great value to buy, fully specced with Leather, Sat Nav, Rear reversing camera etc. Is also very cheap to run with 50mpg+ and only £30 road tax. I'm pleased with the performance, it's nippy and holds the road well. Also plenty of driver space and comfort (I'm 6ft 5").

    The Bad: I've had many niggles with the car. The Bluetooth doesn't always connect, when it does voice quality is poor and is sometimes crashes the system. The Sat Nav came with no traffic and Kia then asked for £70 to update the firmware. The anti roll bars needed to be replaced when only two years old which I wouldn't expect. Aircon has failed. Stability Control light comes on and has to be reset.

    The Ugly: The dashboard fit was poor, creating many squeaks. When I took it to the dealership when it got worse, apparently manufacturing faults are only covered for 1 year and not the 7 years on the warranty!

    Overall a good, cheap and efficient run around, but build quality is average and don't expect the 7 year warranty to cover everything.

  • 1.4 S 5dr

    Mikhail Ramendik , Limerick . Date: 02/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    I have 2007 Kia Cee'd 1.4L (the basic spec is called LX in Ireland, I think it was S in the UK). I bought it in early 2010 with 32k kilometers on the clock. It now has 111k kilometers and I just had it checked out in the dealer garage for the last time in warranty (as warranty is ending this week).

    During the 4 years, the only significant problem I have was that an ignition coil blew, then in less than a month another followed it. Both were replaced under warranty and it seems to be a common issue with aging Kia engines.

    I like the driving a lot; it is quite lively for a smaller engine, and rather quiet under 100 km/h (60 mph). However, on the motorway at 120+ km/h (70+ mph) it's noisier because the 5th gear is low and there is no 6th gear. So the engine runs at 3600 rpm for 70 mph.

    I'm a big man and the car is quite comfortable for me, but in the best position, the steering wheel does not let me see the indicator lights. So sometimes a stuck indicator happens. I am most likely keeping this car for another while, with the only downside being petrol consumption. It's not very low, probably because of the revs on the motorway. I get about 7.3 l/100 km, which, conversion tools tell me, is about 39 mpg. I and my wife started to drive more in the last year or two, and the cost stings. But, replacing it with a newer diesel would be a LOT of money, and an older diesel might easily cost much more in repairs!

  • 1.4 S 5dr

    Marcus Perks , Shropshire . Date: 20/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    For;The ceed is well equipped,it is very cheap to buy and run and it is extremely spacious. Best of all, it is very safe. Against;It can get noisy at high speeds,rear plastics feel cheap.

  • 1.4 S 5dr

    Pe ca , durham . Date: 08/04/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    My late 2010 1.6 CRDI has covered 43,000 miles in just over 18 months. The good. So far the car seems totally reliable. The interior still looks new and the equipment (3 spec) is well suited to the cars market position. There is plenty of space for adults in the back and the boot is a decent size. In normal driving it is a very competent and an easy if slightly dull drive. However if you press on a bit it really comes alive – the engine has some punch, the handling improves with speed and twisty roads are surprisingly fun.

    The not so good. Road noise on poor surfaces can become a bit wearing. The slightly daft low profile tyres fitted to the three spec can’t help. The paint on mine is also showing a few chips.

    One drawback is the extra cost in keeping the warranty valid. It must be serviced at annual intervals even if you are nowhere near the 20,000 mile service limit. Fitting a tow bar costs a lot since you must use the manufacturers dedicated wiring loom to avoid invalidating the warranty.

    The real problem is fuel consumption. Driven carefully at the motorway legal limit it will just about manage 50 MPG. Dropping to 60 helps by a few MPG but around town early 40’s will be a good result. I suspect the particulate filter is the problem here – this is one of the first Ceeds with a D.P.F.

    The real world MPG figures mean most people will probably do better in a petrol version though a decent pre DPF diesel may be a great choice.

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