Used Kia Ceed 2018-present review

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Section: Advice for buyers

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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Kia Ceed hatchback?

The Kia Ceed is a family car, so it pays to make sure its interior hasn’t been neglected by the previous owner. Ensure there are no stains on the seats, upholstery or carpets, check the interior plastics aren’t marked and see that all the electrical components still work properly.

Even though a rear-view camera is standard, parking sensors aren't, so check all over the car for scuff marks or dents that could have been made during low-speed manoeuvres.

Also, make sure the alloy wheels aren’t covered in scuffs from contact with kerbs. Not only can those be expensive to repair, but they can also be a clue towards suspension damage that could lead to excessive tyre wear, among other problems.

If you're looking for information on the older model, click here for our used review of the 2007-2012 Cee'd, or here for the 2012-2018 model.

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What are the most common problems with a used Kia Ceed hatchback?

The Ceed is still too new to have yet shown any major common problems. However, it pays to make sure that any diesel model you’re looking at has been used by those who regularly complete longer journeys. The diesel particulate filter (DPF) needs a fair run to become hot enough to burn off the soot that it traps. If a diesel car makes too many short journeys without the DPF reaching operating temperature, the filter can become blocked, and this can cause running problems.

Is a used Kia Ceed hatchback reliable?

This generation of Ceed is still too new to have been included in the most recent What Car? Reliability survey. However, the old model always did well and Kia as a brand always features near the top of any manufacturer reliability table; in our most recent survey, it finished sixth out of 31 car makers.

If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.

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