What alternatives should I consider to a used Kia Ceed hatchback?
If you want maximum interior space, the Skoda Octavia is better than the Kia Ceed. It also offers a broader range of engines, from a tiny yet capable 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol to the 242bhp 2.0-litre unit found in the vRS hot hatch model, as well as a few fuel-sipping diesels. All versions are easy to drive and make very competent motorway cruisers.
The current Ford Focus improves on the weaknesses of its forebear, with much more interior room and a more intuitive infotainment system, even if the dowdy interior does it no favours. It’s excellent to drive, too, no matter which engine you choose.