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4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Kia Ceed Hatchback (12-18) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £14,675 - £24,645
Used price £2,565 - £17,015
Used monthly cost From £64 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £0 - £170
Insurance group 6 - 15 How much is it to insure?


  • Solid build quality
  • Frugal engines with low CO2 emissions
  • Practical boot


  • Absence of steering feel
  • Seats need more side support
  • Rivals offer better handling

Kia Ceed Hatchback rivals

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When the original Kia Ceed was launched in 2007 it came with an industry-leading seven-year warranty. It proved timely. The credit crunch was just around the corner, which meant that value-for-money motoring became more important than ever.

Full details on the 2018 Kia Ceed here

This new version of the Kia Ceed still comes with that revolutionary warranty but can it up the ante in the medium hatchback category?

Modern and sporty looks

The previous generation was bland looking but this latest version of the Ceed is much prettier. Just like the Kia Picanto, the Ceed gets the ‘tiger nose’ grille making the front of the car much more striking, and it also features wraparound headlamp clusters housing LED daytime running lights.

The Kia Ceed now has a low-slung front while its coupe-like proportions are defined by a steeply raked front pillar, sweeping roofline and integral rear spoiler emphasising the sporty design of the car.

The Ceed is longer and lower than its predecessor making it better to drive than the previous generation and it will be available with an optional Flex Steer system for improved driving dynamics. This system introduces three operating modes – comfort, normal and sport – allowing the driver to vary the level of steering assistance and the weight of feedback.

Fuel efficient engines

Engines in the Kia Ceed are more fuel efficient than before, especially the 126bhp 1.6-litre diesel that returns a claimed 76mpg and emits 97g/km – likely to be one of the most popular models on the range as it delivers some impressive low running costs.

Don’t forget that the Ceed has a good reliability record, low insurance, competitive pricing and the aforementioned seven-year warranty.

Generous equipment levels

Trim levels are well thought out, giving you a good level of equipment and accessories across the range.

With six trims to choose from; 1,2,3,4, 4 tech and the new VR7 trim, car buyers are spoilt for choice.

Standard equipment across the range is generous with even the entry-level 1 getting Bluetooth, air-con, electric front windows, a radio/CD player, USB port and 60:40 Split Folding rear seats.

Kia Ceed Hatchback rivals

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