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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25 reader reviews for Kia Ceed Hatchback.
  • 1.6 CRDi 113 3 5dr

    Kia Driver , durham . Date: 09/05/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    At 105,000 miles my Ceed is more likeable than it was when new though road noise continues to wear on one. Seats are hard and poorly padded but strangely comfortable on my regular six hour runs. Bluetooth is poor with no way to select outbound numbers. The interior has survived well but the engine is noticeably more noisy and the handling less precise. The rear suspension basically dropped a couple of centimetres quite early on but the dealer refused to accept it as a fault and the car is now out of warranty. The paint work has suffered badly on the motorway. Fuel consumption improved around 80K miles and I now get a good 50MPG on long run though I feel the power has dropped off a little with age. The tyres last an amazingly long time, fronts @40K intervals and rears changed at 90K No mechanical problems apart from a leaky fuel pump which stranded me three times before the truly lousy dealer fixed it properly. Hint, if your diesel Kia/Hyundai just stops and the engine will not restart you may be able to get it going for a few miles by pumping the top of the fuel filter to draw more fuel up from the tank. Be aware that changing headlight bulbs is not a roadside job, had to remove the battery and headlight unit to access the offside bulb, the nearside one can just about be done by unclipping a relay box.

    If you cover a lot of miles this is a cheap and functional solution but make sure you get cruise control. Buy a 1-2 year old for cheap adequate transport.

  • 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.

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