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The latest Kia Ceed is the second generation of the car that catapulted the Korean brand into the mainstream. It’s a rival for big-selling small family hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra and aims to tempt buyers principally through a mix of keen pricing, low running costs and an unusually long (seven-year) warranty.
The Ceed is also generously proportioned, so offers lots of interior space, while it’s stylish inside and out. The model range is smaller than those of many rivals because although there are eight trim levels, there are only four petrol and two diesel engines to choose from. The GT model gives the Ceed line-up a sporty flagship model, but value for money remains key to every Ceed’s appeal and all versions are affordable to buy and run.
It’s not the most exciting car in its class to drive and much of that engine range is rather outdated, but the Ceed’s strengths in other areas outweigh this. It’s one of the most practical cars in its class, with a roomy, user-friendly interior – and it’s both great value and cheap to own.
The Kia Ceed’s blend of value, practicality and ease of ownership make it a genuine rival to the class leaders. If you’re in the market for a small family hatchback it should definitely be on your shortlist.