Kia Ceed 1.4T GDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

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RRP £24,230What Car? Target Price£22,711

The 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.

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Trim: GT-Line

Similar to 3 trim on the gadgetry front, but adds sportier looks – both inside and out – and bigger 17in alloy wheels, as well as heated front seats and LED headlights. We reckon the cheaper trims (2 and 3) make more sense, though.

Engine: 1.4T GDi ISG

If you want or need more poke, there’s this 138bhp 1.4 T-GDi turbocharged petrol that proves more flexible than the entry-level 1.0 T-GDi, but it's also significantly more expensive to buy and emits more CO2. We’d stick with the 1.0 as a result.

Key information

0-62 MPH8.9 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating



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