Kia Ceed 1.5T GDi ISG 3 5dr Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
Kia Ceed 2021 front
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RRP £23,395What Car? Target Price£21,985
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.

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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.

We’re yet to try this engine, but it replaced the previous 1.4 T-GDi. With 158bhp and a 0-60mph time of 8.1sec, it offers impressive pace in the Ceed lineup, although it’s not quite as quick as the 1.6 T-GDi. Available with a manual or automatic transmission.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.1 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

49.6

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

395

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

129

g/km

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