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The Kia Ceed is competitive in lots of areas but, unlike its best rivals, it fails to be outstanding in any area. Long warranty aside, there's little compelling reason to recommend it over the better-handling Ford Focus, the more practical Skoda Octavia or Skoda Scala, or the more refined and comfortable Volkswagen Golf. The 1.0-litre petrol in entry-level '2' trim is the sweet spot of the Ceed line-up – but we’d definitely add the optional safety pack.
The trimSee full equipment
Similar to 3 trim on the gadgetry front, but adds sportier looks – both inside and out – as well as heated front seats and steering wheel. We reckon the cheaper trims (2 and 3) make more sense, though.
The engineSee full engine specs
This 118bhp turbocharged three-cylinder engine provides the kind of performance that most buyers will find quite adequate, even on a motorway. It's worth pointing out, though, that similar 1.0-litre turbocharged engines in rivals have a bit more low-down shove, so you need to rev the Ceed's harder to get the best out of it. It’s still the one to go for in the line-up. It’s only available with a manual transmission.
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