Kia Ceed review


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The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

Even entry-level Ceeds have a good range of adjustment for the driver's seat and steering wheel, while the pedals are nicely in line with everything else, so you don’t sit in a crooked position. Upgrade to 3 trim and you’ll benefit from electrically adjustable lumbar support to fend off backache, and top-spec GT-Line S and First Edition models get a 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with two memory settings.

The only trouble with this is that the seat doesn’t go as low as the manually adjustable one and, overall, the driver's seat isn't quite as supportive as the best in the class.

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With more and more features being crammed into the touchscreens of modern cars, it’s refreshing to see that the Ceed gets big, clearly marked buttons that are easy to reach, along with good old-fashioned knobs for the air-conditioning system. 

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

Forwards visibility is pretty good, with relatively thin windscreen pillars also making it easy to see out of junctions. The view out the back is less impressive, especially over the shoulder. This is down to the small rear screen and thick pillars behind the rear doors blocking your view. Things are much the same in many of the Ceed's rivals, though, and at least all variants get a reversing camera as standard, to make life that bit easier.

All versions also have heated door mirrors, a front wiper de-icer and automatic lights as standard. Upgrade to 3 trim and you'll get automatic wipers and rear parking sensors thrown in, while First Edition and GT-Line S models add front parking sensors and LED headlights (the standard headlights are merely average by modern lighting standards).

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Sat nav and infotainment

Even entry-level 2 trim comes with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system that features DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. If you don’t want to use your phone's navigation app, every other model gets a built-in sat-nav as standard as well as a larger 8.0in screen.

While some might not like the 'floating' look, which makes the screen look like a tablet that has been glued to the top of the dash, it does at least mean you don’t have to look down to use the system.  Both the 7.0in and 8.0in systems are responsive and the menus reasonably logically laid out, although things aren't perfect. For example, there's no physical shortcut button to take you straight to the phone menu, and some icons are too small to hit easily on the move. Rivals such as the Golf and Octavia use much higher-definition screens with clearer graphics. 

It's also a shame that you can't add options, only upgrade to higher trims. So if you want wireless phone charging or the punchy JBL premium stereo, you have to spend a lot of cash on top-spec GT-Line S or First Edition trim.


Entry-level 2 models miss out on the piano black trim that’s standard higher up in the range and adds visual appeal to the Ceed’s interior, which otherwise looks a little dull. But it’s well screwed together and offers plenty of tactile squishy plastic, along with well-damped controls. 

True, the Ceed isn't as classy inside as the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf, but it feels rather more upmarket than the likes of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Fiat Tipo.


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