Kia Ceed hatchback driving position
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, while top-spec First Edition models benefit from 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.
With more and more controls being crammed into a touchscreen in many modern cars, it’s refreshing to see that the Ceed gets big, clearly marked buttons that fall easily to hand and good old-fashioned knobs for the air-con and stereo volume controls. Even without thumbing through the manual, you’ll get used to everything very quickly indeed.
Kia Ceed hatchback visibility
As long as you’re looking forward, visibility is pretty good, with relatively thin windscreen pillars 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. It's 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 models get electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, a front wiper de-icer and automatic lights as standard. Upgrade to 3 trim and you get automatic wipers and rear parking sensors thrown in, while First Edition models add front parking sensors and LED headlights (the standard headlights are only okay by modern lighting standards).
Kia Ceed hatchback infotainment
Even entry-level 2 trim comes with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. If you don’t want to use your phone's navigation app, all other models get sat-nav as standard as well as a larger 8.0in screen.
While some might not like the free-standing style, 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. And both the 7.0in and 8.0in systems are responsive and the menus reasonably logically laid out, but it's annoying in some areas. There is no physical shortcut button to take you straight to the phone menu, for example, and some icons are too small to hit easily on the move, while 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 the top-spec First Edition trim.
Kia Ceed hatchback build quality
Entry-level 2 models miss out on the piano black trim that’s standard higher up in the range. This adds visual appeal to the Ceed’s interior, which otherwise looks a little conservative. But it’s well screwed together and offers plenty of squishy plastic, along with well-damped controls.