Used Kia Cee’d 2012-2018 review

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(2012 - 2018)
Used Kia Cee’d 12-present
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What used Kia Ceed hatchback will I get for my budget?

You can buy a second-generation Kia Cee’d from little more than £3000, but its engine will already have clocked up more than 150,000 miles. That engine will more than likely be powered by diesel too; these outnumber petrol Cee’ds by about five to one.

Increasing your budget to around £5000 will buy you a sub-80,000 mile car, potentially with a little of the warranty still to run. Petrol Cee’ds, meanwhile, start at about £5500 with a choice of 1.4 or 1.6-litre engines.

It's worth pointing out that if you buy a car through Kia’s approved used scheme, it restarts the warranty back up to the original seven years, so while you pay a premium compared with a private sale or non-franchised dealer, it’s arguably worth it for peace of mind. These cost from about £8500 for a car in entry-level 1 specification, and must be less than 18 months old and have covered fewer than 18,000 miles.

Used Kia Cee’d 12-present

How much does it cost to run a Kia Ceed hatchback?

Of the two petrol engines that were offered in the Cee’d, the 1.4-litre will return about 40mpg in normal driving and cost £140 per year to tax, or £120 and around 45mpg for the Ecodynamics version of the 1.6. The diesels manage between 48-55mpg (or about 40-45mpg if connected to an automatic gearbox) and are cheaper to tax – reckon on paying just £20-£30 per year depending on whether you choose a pre or post-facelift model.

On paper, the later 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine offers almost diesel-like levels of fuel economy at 57mpg, but in reality it’s only marginally more efficient than the older engines. It does, however, cost just £30 per year to tax thanks to its lower CO2 emissions.

Opt for the sporty Cee'd GT and you can expect about 35mpg, or a bit less if driven enthusiastically. In all cases, you’ll find that many European rivals edge the Cee’d for fuel economy when fitted with similarly powerful engines.

All cars registered before April 2017 are charged annual car tax (VED) at a rate that corresponds to their CO2 emissions, while those registered after that date will pay a flat rate currently £140 a year. 

Servicing is required every 12 months and costs £129 for a minor service or £249 for a major service on a petrol car at a Kia dealership. Diesels are more expensive at £199 and £299 respectively. It’s worth looking to see if the previous owner has taken out Kia’s Care-3 or Care-5 servicing package, because this covers the first three of five years of servicing for a fixed price.

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