I have test driven this car with a view to purchase. On the whole I am fairly impressed. I am seeking to trade in my Kia Picanto and my wife's c3. Once overcoming the percieved stigma attached to the badge, which I have done with my Picanto the range is essentially very good value for money. The Ceed is certainly the best Kia car I have driven with a positive feel and is solidly built. I found the driving position a little cramped because of my size, however the pump action adjustable front seats do help. For the price I believe this is a sound if not exciting car. The warranty is probably the deal sealer
I really rate this car as excellent. I changed from a long period with Fiat and as good as they were for me they don't come near the quality of the Cee'd. I looked at the new Fiat Bravo as my next car but the Kia took all the awards for space and price. The 7 year warranty was a clincher. I've had it 6 months and it's lived up to it's promised reliability. The Focus in comparison was over priced and under spec'd. Well done Kia...a very fine effort.
Took delivery in April 08 and just loved the car from the start. It is the least expensive car we have ever owned but it is the best by far. It just does what it is supposed to do. After 10,000 we have had no problems at all not even a rattle. It was bought as a second car but our other car which cost nearly 3 times the as much, hardly ever gets used now - we prefer to drive the Ceed.
I had a 1.6ls as a hire car the other day. I own a 1.6 Peugeot 307 and somtimes drive a 1.6 Astra. I was really impressed with the Kia. It felt quicker than my 307 and handled much better. Compared to the astra it feels about as quick and the handeling is about as good as well. However the steering of the Kia was poor, far too light. It's also far noiser at speed compared to my 307 or the Astra. The interior is modern, neat and feels well screwed together. However the quality of the plastics was below par. I prefer the interior of my 307 and the astra was a bit nicer as well. Economy seemed pretty good, I got 35mpg over a quick 200 mile motorway run in high winds. Overall if I was in the market for an inexpensive runabout, I'd consider one. I could just about live with the over light steering and if I wasn't going on the motorway too often the noise, wouldn't be a problem either. However, I do about 12k on the motorway each year, so my next car will be a diesel. I give the Kia 4* because I felt it was at least as good or better than my 307 and about par with the astra, yet for a lower price and good waranty.
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