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 the seat and steering wheel, 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 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 version and, overall, the driver's seat isn't quite as supportive as the best in the class.
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
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. 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 GT-Line S trim adds front parking sensors and LED headlights (the standard headlights are pretty dim by modern lighting standards).
Sat nav and infotainment
Even entry-level 2 trim comes with a 8.0in 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 10.25in screen.
While some might not like the 'floating' look that makes the screen look like a tablet that has been glued to the top of the dash, it does at least prevent you having to look down to use the system. Both systems are responsive, with menus that are 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 Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia, have higher-definition screens with clearer graphics.
It's also a shame that you can't add options; you can only upgrade to pricier higher trim levels. So, if you want wireless phone charging or the punchy eight-speaker JBL premium stereo (the standard stereo has six speakers), you have to spend a lot of cash on top-spec GT-Line S.
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 arguably looks a little dull compared with rivals such as the Mazda 3. But it’s well screwed together and offers plenty of tactile squishy plastic, along with well-damped controls.
It isn't as classy inside as the more expensive Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf, which you might expect of a cheaper car, and it feels rather more upmarket than the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
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