The Ceed’s pricing is one of the most appealing things about it; it’s one of the cheapest cars in its class. The seven-year/100,000-mile transferable warranty has a positive effect on resale values, although the Ceed won’t hold its value as well as a VW Golf.
For fuel economy the standout model is the 1.6 CRDi diesel, which averages more than 70mpg in its most frugal form and dips under the 100g/km CO2 barrier. That’s not a match for the most efficient Ford Focus, Peugeot 308 or VW Golf, however.
The pick of the petrols for economy is the 1.0 triple. There are two power outputs, the lesser of which is cleaner and more frugal. The GT’s turbocharged engine is unusually thirsty, consuming more fuel than the much more powerful Ford Focus ST and VW Golf GTI.
Kia’s Care-3 package is an optional extra that provides fixed-price servicing for the car’s first three, or five, services.