Kia Ceed: prices and specs announced for 2018 hatch

  • Prices and specs released for small Korean hatch
  • Five trim levels, three petrol engines and one diesel
  • Entry-level petrol commands the lowest BIK cost

Kia’s third-generation Ceed is almost within our grasp, and now we know how much it will cost after the South Korean company published further details about its upcoming family hatchback.

The first thing to note is that the Ceed has lost its apostrophe. Previously badged 'ceed'd', the change was possibly driven by a lack of popularity for the gimmick.

Kia Ceed engines and trim levels

Set to go on sale in August, there will be four trims available from launch: 2, Blue Edition, 3 and First Edition, with each trim having its own selection of engines and equipment.

The Ceed will be available with a choice of 1.0-litre, 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox - the 1.4-litre is also available with a seven-speed automatic.

Kia also offers a 1.6-litre diesel available with both the manual or automatic transmission.

How much does this Kia Ceed cost in BIK tax?

P11D values for the new Ceed have not yet been released, but based upon list prices, the 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol in 2 trim with a manual gearbox will bring the cheapest monthly value. Despite the 25% BIK tax band, the lower £18,295 list price than the equivalent diesel means it costs just over £76 per month. The 1.6-litre CRDI diesel in comparison will cost just over £78 per month.

The more expensive Blue Edition and First Edition models see BIK payments rise to 27% as they are solely available with the 1.4-litre petrol engine, which produces 132g/km in manual form. It’s also worth noting the higher-spec 3 models are yet to have their CO2 figures confirmed, but Parkers will be the first to confirm when these are announced.

What's new with the Kia Ceed?

Designed entirely from scratch, the Ceed has been sharpened-up around the edges and generally had its looks brought up to date while providing more space for luggage and passengers.

Kia has taken a new direction with this latest car, the value for money angle remains, but this time the Ceed promises a greater emphasis on driving dynamics and on-road performance.

The interior has been worked on to provide an even more practical experience inside and the quality of materials used has been considerably improved.

What comes as standard on the Kia Ceed?

Standard equipment is plentiful even on the cheapest 2 trim. The list includes a 7.0-inch multimedia display, DAB radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air conditioning and cruise control.

There is also more space for rear passengers this time around thanks to Kia’s new K2 platform and the boot has grown, too.

Performance is not bad either. The more powerful 1.4-litre petrol engine will manage 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds, while the sole diesel will hit the same speed in 10.6 seconds.

This modest, value for money motor could be growing into something a little more desirable.

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