The modelRead full review
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
Upgrade to 3 trim and you'll get dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, privacy glass, power-folding door mirrors, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers and larger alloy wheels – on top of everything that's standard on entry-level 2 trim. Worth a look, especially if you can get a good discount, but we reckon 2 trim is the pick of the range.
The engineSee full engine specs
With 158bhp and a 0-60mph time of 8.1sec, this 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol strikes a good balance between price, running costs and performance, rarely feeling malnourished - provided you’re prepared to rev it out.
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