Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Ceed hatchback?
The Kia is proving a hit with owners because there are few reliability issues to report. It was best small family car in 2010's JD Power customer satisfaction survey, and the only model to achieve a full five-star result.
The Cee'd was originally supplied with Michelin Energy tyres, which are designed to improve fuel economy, but these can wear out in fewer than 20,000 miles, so check them carefully. Alternative tyres can be fitted, but these may have an effect on fuel economy. Early cars suffered a possible steering issue caused by faulty steering racks, and some rear suspension systems develop Ôclonks'.
Gearboxes have been known to give some problems - a reluctance to change gear when cold could indicate that the transmission fluid needs to be changed. The stereo can freeze, especially in very hot weather, but so far dealers have fixed the problem under warranty.