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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Cee'd is one of Kia’s safest ever models, receiving a five star Euro NCAP crash test rating. Six airbags (twin front, side and curtain airbags) are standard across the range. The front passenger airbag can be deactivated so a rear-facing child seat can be carried and there are two Isofix child seat mounting points in the rear. Active head restraints, which respond in a crash to help support the heads of front seat occupants and reduce the risk of whiplash injuries are also fitted.

Electronic stability control was available as an option on LS models but became standard on Cee'd 3 models when the model was facelifted.

A boot capacity of 340 litres (under the parcel shelf and behind the back seats) is competitive with other family cars like the Renault Megane and Volkswagen Golf, while the maximum space with the rear seats folded is 1,300 litres - also impressive. The boot floor is fairly wide and the rear seat backs fold flat (if you flip up the bases), but there's a high lip and the tailgate opening isn't particularly square, so loading heavy objects can be tricky.

The glove compartment (chilled on all models) is a decent size and there's a storage compartment between the front seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Ceed Hatchback (07-12).

  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

1 equipment

1 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
1 optional equipment
None available

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
2 optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Cruise control

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
3 optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm

4 equipment

4 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
4 optional equipment
None available

EcoDynamics equipment

EcoDynamics standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
EcoDynamics optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Cruise control

GS equipment

GS standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
GS optional equipment
None available

LS equipment

LS standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
LS optional equipment
  • Cruise control

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
Sport optional equipment
None available

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
SR optional equipment
None available

SR-7 equipment

SR-7 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
SR-7 optional equipment
  • CD

Strike equipment

Strike standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
Strike optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Steel wheels

VR-7 equipment

VR-7 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
VR-7 optional equipment
  • Steel wheels

Euro NCAP Rating

The Kia Ceed Hatchback (07-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.