The Ceed is one of the largest cars in its class and that translates into lots of cabin space. A pair of 6ft-plus adults won’t feel the least bit cramped in the front, although the three cheapest trim levels have no height adjustment for the passenger seat.
A panoramic sunroof with tilting/sliding function is standard on top-spec cars. This creates an airy feel and doesn’t make a big difference to head room.
Kia Ceed rear space
Roomier than many of its rivals
One of the many positive aspects of the Ceed is that it provides an exceptional amount of space; there’s plenty of room for two tall adults in the back, and a central rear passenger doesn’t fare as badly as in some rivals thanks to generous head and leg room and an unusually low centre tunnel.
Tall, wide-opening doors provide good access, and although the Ceed’s rising side window line might not make it seem quite as airy as some rivals, few cars in this class can provide as much rear-seat space.
Kia Ceed seating flexibility
Does everything most buyers will want
Kia’s family hatch is very practical, but it doesn’t have any tricks up its sleeve. All versions have a 60/40 split folding rear seat back that allows some flexibility between people and luggage, but the base is fixed so you can’t slide the seats forward and back to prioritise space. A centre rear armrest is standard for all but the two cheapest trims.
Folding the rear seats to create an extended load area is easy enough, but for maximum space you need to flip the bases forward first, which is something you don’t have to do with some rivals.
Kia Ceed boot space
Large boot is well shaped and easy to access
There are 380 litres of space; that’s a good deal more than either the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf can provide, and more than enough for a large weekly shopping trip or even some of the more complex baby buggy systems. With the rear seats folded flat, that volume increases to an equally impressive 1642 litres.
The boot opening is usefully wide and regular, and there’s only a small lip to load items over. The boot space itself is a good, square shape, if rather narrow.