Which used Kia Ceed hatchback should I buy?
Unless you do lots of motorway miles, go for a petrol rather a diesel. The entry-level 118bhp 1.0-litre is perhaps the best compromise, because both the 138bhp 1.4-litre and 201bhp 1.6-litre are available only on higher-spec models and therefore cost significantly more to buy.
The 1.0-litre can be found with or without the Eco Pack, which brings a number of aerodynamic improvements and low-rolling resistance tyres to maximise fuel economy. However, because those changes are so small and road tax is no longer calculated on CO2 emissions, there’s very little reason to go for it.
We reckon there’s no need to go higher than 2 trim, because this comes with all the equipment you really need. That said, 3 gets you sat-nav, a larger (8.0in) infotainment touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and larger alloy wheels. Range-topping GT-Line, GT-Line S, GT and First Edition models come with more kit and additional safety aids, but they're quite pricey and cost similar amounts to some premium alternatives, such as the Audi A3 Sportback.