Kia Ceed

Used Kia Ceed 2018-present review

What is it like?
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What's the used Kia Ceed hatchback like?

The third-generation Kia Ceed (yes, it's now sans apostrophe) competes in the family car sector against the likes of the Ford Focus and Skoda Octavia. It matches the vast majority of its rivals by offering plenty of room for a young family, a decent-size boot and lots of equipment for the money.

But it has a much longer warranty than anything else in the class, which could be the deciding factor for many used car buyers. In fact, any example that’s less than two years old and bought through Kia’s approved used programme gets a similar seven-year warranty to a brand new model. So, it could be argued that a nearly new Ceed is actually a better buy than a factory-fresh one.  

There’s a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, and all offerings are turbocharged. The 1.6-litre diesels make 114bhp and 134bhp; the petrol range kicks off with a 118bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder, while 138bhp 1.4-litre and 201bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinders are available in higher-spec models.

To drive, the Ceed is very competent but hardly exciting. This won’t be a major concern for most buyers, though, because it finds plenty of grip and is a quiet cruiser at higher speeds. It’s just that rivals such as the Focus are noticeably more polished. The Ceed's brakes can be a bit grabby until you get used to them, the gearbox could do with being a touch slicker and the steering, while perfectly precise, isn’t as progressively weighted as the best around. Road noise is a little louder than in some rivals, too, but it never becomes intrusive, and wind rush is kept in check well.

The Ceed is nowhere near as practical as the cavernous Octavia, and the Focus has a lot more rear leg room, but it's on par with most rivals.

Equipment is generous, with all models getting automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, air conditioning, Apple CarPlayAndroid Auto, cruise control and a rear-view camera. Rear parking sensors aren’t standard until mid-range 3 trim, though.    

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