Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.5 - 9.2 mpp
Diesel engines 9.0 - 10.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 38.2 - 54.3 mpg
Diesel engines 54.3 - 62.8 mpg
  • Low fuel consumption from 1.6-litre diesel
  • Fixed price servicing for three, five or seven years
  • Best Ceed for low insurance is the 1.0-litre petrol

The best Kia Ceed for fuel economy is the entry-level 1.6-litre diesel engine, claiming between 58.9-60.1mpg, depending on trim level. The more powerful 136hp version isn’t exactly far behind with 56.5mpg, while the automatic version dips down to 54.3mpg

During our time of testing, we saw an indicated 58mpg with the 136hp engine with the manual gearbox. We suspect this was a slightly ambitious reading, but even so, you should easily see over 500 miles per tank.

Official fuel economy figures for the upcoming mild-hybrid 1.6-litre diesels haven't been released yet. But during a 45-minute test-drive on a mixed route of Autobahn and B-roads, we averaged around 60mpg. These mild-hybrids can essentially coast in neutral, switching the engine off, and thus, reducing consumption of fuel. Emissions are also reduced, but we haven't seen official figures yet.

Unsurprisingly, the most powerful GT with its 1.6-litre petrol engine is the thirstiest, with a claimed 38.2mpg.

Kia Ceed diesel exhaust 2020

The 1.0-litre is the most economical petrol engine, ranging from 47.1-50.4mpg, while the 1.4-litre ranges from 44.8-46.3mpg. Choose the automatic gearbox and it’s actually very similar, with figures of 44.1–45.6mpg.

Servicing is taken care of by either three or five year fixed-price plans, with an option to extend this all the way to seven years matching the length of the warranty.

If insurance is a concern Kia says the best choice is the 1.0-litre petrol with a six-speed manual gearbox in entry-level 2 trim.

All Ceeds come with a 50 litre fuel tank, while the diesels also come with a 12-litre Adblue one.

Is it eco friendly?

When it comes to CO2 emissions, the friendliest petrol is the 1.0-litre and its manual gearbox, ranging between 128-136g/km depending on trim level.

The 1.4-litre petrol rises to 140-142g/km, while opting for the automatic gearbox achieves the same region of 141-142g/km.

The most powerful GT model with its 1.6-litre petrol engine emits 169g/km.

If you fancy one of the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engines, the 116hp version with its manual gearbox emits between 122-126g/km . The 136hp version emits 130g/km, while the automatic version creeps up to 135g/km.


  • New engines and platform
  • Lots of extra tech too
  • Seven-year warranty

Nothing quite screams 'we're confident in our car's reliability' like a seven-year warranty.

While the platform and two-thirds of the engines in the new Kia Ceed are new, we can report an exceptional reliability record for the company in general so we don't think there's much reason to be concerned.

As yet, there have been no recalls for this generation Ceed.

Kia Ceed GT front grille 2018

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155
Insurance group 8 - 22
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