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2018 Kia Ceed review – verdict

Is the all-new version of this Volkswagen Golf rival a match for the best family hatchbacks?

Words By Claire Evans

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Kia Ceed rear

The combination of a punchy new petrol engine, improved interior trim and enhanced handling mean Kia has really upped the Ceed's game. And it's one of the most comfortable family hatchbacks around.

True, the Octavia remains a more practical choice, and Kia is still to confirm full prices and specs. But if it gets them right, the Ceed will be a serious threat to the class leaders.


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Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals

Skoda Octavia

Volkswagen Golf


Kia Ceed 1.4 T-GDi

Price Β£tbc Engine 4cyls, 1368cc, petrol Power 138bhp at 6000rpm Torque 178 lb ft at 1500-3200rpm Gearbox 6-speed manual 0-62mph 8.9sec Top speed 130mph Official economy tbc CO2, tax band 128g/km, 26%

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