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.
Further to my 2011 review, and with the car almost 3 years old still no regrets about my purchase - even after checking out and driving the newest, latest and substantially more costly competition ... like the handsome but claustrophobic Volvo V40 and the dreadfully uncomfortable Audi A3. I could afford such cars but really don't think they warrant the extra outlay. Everything I said in my earlier review still stands.
Coming up to my car's first birthday I thought it best to submit an update on my experience of owning a Kia C'eed so far. I have now covered a total of 11,000 hassle-free miles and I have but not one gripe about this super family car.
I have recently become a dad for the first time and the C'eed's spacious boot is coming up trumps, easily able to fit in a Bugaboo pram chassis and cot. In the back installing an ISOFIX car seat unit was a doddle and after a quick YOUTUBE installation video this was fitted in a matter of minutes.
On the driving front the car continues to deliver about 42-43 mpg. on a route that consists of 50% dual-carriageway 70 mph driving & around town driving generally brings this down to 38 mpg. Taxing the car this week revealed a nice surprise, £110 for the year which although may seem expensive compared to Eco models (£30 per year..albeit an additional £3,000 when buying the car) was actually cheaper than our second car, a VW Urban Fox 1.2.
In summary the last 6 months have been a continuation of the first fantastic 6 months of ownership (see my first review) and I can't stop telling people about the qualities of the Kia C'eed. Friends & family have all been impressed by the car and I have already noticed a few 'Kia convertees' in fact my best friend has recently bought a Black 1.4 Kia C'eed himself at a brilliant £8,495 (including a £1,000 trade-in). Buying a Kia C'eed is the best car decisision I have ever made...and only 6 years more warranty
I have been driving a 1.6 CDI for 4000 miles now and found it to be very good. The build quality is solid, much better than many cars at this price. Ecconomy about 45mpg overall, 41 urban, I have seen 59mpg The engine has resonable torque and makes for a relaxed drive. Dislikes: the tango orange instrument cluster, for me it is too bright when at it's lowest setting. The overall design is rather dull particulary when the colour is grey.
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