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2012 Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee'd compared

  • New Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee'd
  • Closely related Korean hatchbacks
  • Prices and spec compared
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Prices for the 2012 Kia Cee'd have been announced, with the entry-level model starting at 14,395.

The all-new Cee'd is closely related to the 2012 Hyundai i30, which went on sale in March. These Korean hatchbacks share much under the skin, but each has its own distinctive look, and their prices and specification differ. Here's our breakdown of each range, to help you choose between the two.

2012 Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee'd: dimensions

Hyundai i30
Length: 430cm
Width: 178cm (excluding mirrors)
Height: 147cm
Luggage capacity: 378-1316 litres

Kia Cee'd
Length: 431cm
Width: 178cm (excluding mirrors)
Height: 147cm
Luggage capacity: 380-1318 litres

2012 Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee'd: prices
Prices for the Hyundai i30 start from 14,500. The cheapest Cee'd is 205 cheaper at 14,395. Both entry-level models have a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine.

The cheapest diesel version of each has an 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine. Kia Cee'd diesel models start from 15,695, whereas the cheapest diesel-powered i30 is 16,145.

The most popular engine in each range is likely to be a 1.6-litre diesel. Hyundai offers two versions, with either 109- or 126bhp: both have 192lb ft of torque. Kia offers the 126bhp version only.

In entry-level trim, the Kia Cee'd 1.6 CRDi 126 costs 16,295; 600 less than the 109bhp i30 1.6 CRDi.

Prices for the Kia rise to 23,795 for the 1.6 GDI DCT 4 Tech. The 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive Style Nav tops the i30 range at 20,295.

Hyundai i30 prices
1.4 Classic: 14,500
1.4 CRDi Classic: 16,145
1.6 CRDi 109bhp Blue Drive Classic: 16,895
1.4 Active: 15,600
1.6 auto Active: 17,000
1.4 CRDi: 17,245
1.6 CRDi 109bhp Blue Drive Active: 17,995
1.6 CRDi 109bhp auto Active: 18,800
1.4 Style: 16,600
1.6 CRDi 109bhp Blue Drive Style: 18,995
1.6 CRDi 109bhp auto Style: 19,800
1 .6 CRDi 126bhp Blue Drive Style: 19,295
1.4 Style Nav: 17,600
1.6 CRDi 109bhp Blue Drive Style Nav: 19,995
1.6 CRDi 109bhp auto Style Nav: 20,800
1.6 CRDi 126bhp Blue Drive Style Nav: 20,295

2012 Hyundai i30

Kia Cee'd prices
1.4 1: 14,395
1.4 CRDi 1: 15,695
1.6 CRDi 1 16,295
1.4 2: 16,395
1.6 GDI 2: 17,195
1.6 CRDi 2: 18,295
1.6 CRDi auto 2: 19,395
1.6 GDI 3: 18,995
1.6 GDI DCT3: 20,295
1.6 CRDi 3: 20,095
1.6 GDI 4: 20,595
1.6 GDI DCT 4: 21,895
1.6 CRDi 4: 21,695
1.6 GDI 4 Tech: 22,495
1.6 GDI DCT 4 Tech: 23,795
1.6 CRDi 4 Tech: 23,595

2012 Kia Cee'd

2012 Hyundai i30 trim highlights

Classic
β€’ Air-conditioning
β€’ Bluetooth
β€’ Steering wheel stereo controls
β€’USB and aux connections
β€’ Electric front windows
β€’ Electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors

Active
β€’ Alloy wheels
β€’ Rear parking sensors
β€’ Electric rear windows
β€’ Extra body-coloured/chrome exterior trim

Style
β€’ Dual-zone climate control
β€’ Front parking sensors
β€’ Automatic headlights and wipers
β€’ Electrically folding door mirrors

Style Nav
β€’ Touch-screen satellite-navigation system
β€’ Rear-view camera

2012 Kia Cee'd trim highlights

1
β€’ Air-conditioning
β€’ Bluetooth
β€’ Steering wheel stereo controls
β€’USB and aux connections
β€’ Electric front windows
β€’ Electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors

2
β€’ Alloy wheels
β€’ Rear parking sensors
β€’ Electric rear windows
β€’ Extra chrome exterior trim
β€’ Electrically folding door mirrors

3
β€’ Dual-zone climate control
β€’ Automatic headlights and wipers
β€’ Electric front seat lumbar adjustment
β€’ Touch-screen satellite-navigation system
β€’ Rear-view camera

4
β€’ Leather upholstery
β€’ Heated steering wheel
β€’ Keyless entry
β€’ Electronic parking brake
β€’ Upgraded centre console with TFT display

4 Tech
β€’ Panoramic sunroof
β€’ 10-way electric driver's seat adjustment
β€’ Parallel Parking Assist
β€’ Front parking sensors
β€’ Lane departure-warning system
β€’ Xenon headlights

Leo Wilkinson