Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed review

Cost & verdict
Manufacturer price from:£18,295
What Car? Target Price:£17,203
Search new deals
Review continues below...

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Kia Ceed hatchback running costs

Kia is no longer the budget brand it once was, so pricing is competitive rather than ultra-cheap next to rivals such as the Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon. The good news is that significant discounts have always been available on the Ceed, so make sure you check out our New Car Buying service for the latest savings.

An area where Kia has become more competitive recently is in its finance deals, with the Ceed offering very reasonable monthly payments on a PCP arrangement – even next to the good-value rivals mentioned above. Leasing rates are also on the money, so to speak.

There's less good news if you're a company car driver paying benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. Despite having relatively small engines, petrol versions of the Ceed aren’t particularly fuel-efficient, emitting more CO2 than the best rivals and therefore pushing up your tax bill.

If maximising your miles per gallon is all-important, the 1.6 diesel is your best bet, although you’d really need to do more than 15,000 miles a year for it to make any sense at all.

Kia Ceed hatchback equipment

No Ceed is poorly equipped, and with the exception of metallic paint, Kia doesn’t really do options. That can be a bind, though, because it means an expensive upgrade is necessary if there's a specific feature you want that's available only on the posher trims.

Entry-level 2 models get air-con, cruise control, all-round electric windows, a 7.0in touchscreen with smartphone connectivity and a reversing camera.

Upgrade to 3 trim and you'll also get dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers and and larger alloy wheels. Meanwhile, range-topping GT, GT-Line S and First Edition add yet more luxuries, but are too pricey to really recommend.

Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed hatchback reliability

Kia has a great reliability record, finishing third out of the 31 manufacturers featured in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey. That's only just behind Toyota, better than Skoda and a long way ahead of Ford and Volkswagen.

Even if you do have a problem, Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty is the longest currently available on a new car.

Kia Ceed hatchback safety and security

Euro NCAP hasn’t yet crash tested the new Ceed, but the closely related Hyundai i30 scored the full five stars. All models get automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance, high beam assist and a driver attention warning. Upgrade to 3 trim and you gain pedestrian detection with the AEB system, while First Edition and GT-Line S cars gain blindspot monitoring and speed limit information.

Why it gets only three stars is because security expert Thatcham has shown the Ceed to be relatively easy to break into and steal, despite having a standard alarm and immobiliser. 

open the gallery4 Images

Verdict

The Ceed is competitive in lots of areas and a perfectly decent car. However, 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 the more refined and comfortable VW Golf. The 1.0-litre petrol in entry-level '2' trim is the sweet spot of the Ceed line-up.

  • Entry-level versions represent good value for money
  • Well-built interior
  • Decent-sized boot
  • Not especially practical
  • Poor security rating
  • Unsettled ride over rough surfaces
Trims
There are 7 trims available for the Ceed hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
2
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£17,203
Average Saving £1,093
View Trim
3
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£19,462
Average Saving £1,243
View Trim
Blue Edition
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£19,830
Average Saving £1,265
View Trim
GT-Line
We have not written anything about this yet...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£21,535
View Trim
First Edition
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£24,194
Average Saving £1,556
View Trim
GT
We have not written anything about this yet...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£25,535
View Trim
GT-Line S
We have not written anything about this yet...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£27,185
View Trim