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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.get the best price
The trimSee full equipment
Very similar on the equipment front to GT-Line, but gets even bigger 18in alloys and is available exclusively with a 201bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The engineSee full engine specs
Exclusively available in the GT version of the Ceed. Packs 201bhp and is the quickest in the line-up but comes with a steep price tag. Plus, while it's impressively tractable once the boost builds and the engine comes on song, pronounced turbo lag and a lazy throttle response prevent it from feeling like a true hot-hatch engine. Only available with an automatic transmission.
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