2018 Kia Ceed - verdict

Our early prototype drive reveals the new Ceed is a promising family hatchback that is also, in the right version, one of the best-driving cars in the class...

2018 Kia Ceed review - verdict

It’s hard to give a full verdict on the Kia Ceed just yet, becuase there’s still quite a lot of work to be done between now and when it goes on sale in the UK. Between now and then there’s fit and finish to get right, sound-proofing to add, and perhaps even suspension and steering to tweak.

That last bit, though, is one of the aspects that needs the least work. The Ceed is already a very respectable car to drive and once the rest of the package is finalised, we’d expect this to be seriously competitive in the family hatchback market.

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Price £20,000 (est) Engine 4cyl, 1396cc, petrol/diesel Power 138bhp Torque 178lb ft at 1500-3500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 9.0sec (est) Top speed 125mph (est) Official economy 55mpg (est) CO2, tax band 120g/km, 23% (est)