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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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23 reader reviews for Kia Ceed Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.6 CRDi 113 2 5dr

    Jonathan Challis , Kent . Date: 09/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52.5

    My car

    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.

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