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Kia Ceed Hatchback (18 on) - rated 4.2 out of 5

Designed exclusively for sale in Europe and built at the firm’s Slovakian plant, the Kia Ceed range of family cars is up against stiff competition, particularly from the likes of the Ford Focus, Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf.

Wanting to reflect its commitment to Europe, Kia decided to name the car after the French-language initials for the European Economic Community (CEE) and its own European Design headquarters. Presumably it decided that was too many Es as the badges on the tailgates read “cee’d” with an apostrophe.

Unusual name aside, the first generation Kia Ceed arrived in 2007 as a five-door hatchback or as the Ceed SW estate offering generous amounts of equipment, good build quality and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engine all at a price which undercut its mainstream European opposition.