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  • New platform means better interior space
  • Boot volume increased, loading lip lowered
  • Wider by 20mm but length unchanged

The Kia Ceed is constructed on a new platform (called K2) that allows for more efficient packaging – that is to say, more space inside thanks to less stuff getting in the way.

That sportier-looking, lower roofline should eat into headroom, but lower seating positions all-round actually mean greater headroom front and rear. That won’t be welcome news for drivers who need a high hip-point for mobility reasons, however.

Headroom is really good all round, especially in the back, and there’s little in the terms of transmission tunnel to get in the way of the middle seat.

The door pockets aren’t great in the back though, and there’s no built-in storage on the central armrest, despite cupholders. Those in the front do better with a larger pocket, a central armrest box and a split-level cubby ahead of the gearstick.

Higher spec models also come with an electronic parking brake as standard and is optional on middle of the range models with the automatic gearbox. This frees up a small amount of space and allows for a narrow storage area beside the cupholders.

If your garage was the right size for the old Kia Ceed, chances are you’ll get the new model in there too, because the dimensions are broadly the same as before.

It’s wider by 20mm, and lower by 23mm, but the wheelbase and length remain the same - despite the fact the front overhang is shorter, and the rear longer.

Kia Ceed dimensions

  • Length: 4,310mm
  • Width: 1,800 (not including mirrors - that figure still TBC)
  • Height: 1,477mm

Good news all round here – despite the new Ceed being a similar size to the old one, you get 15 extra litres in the boot, with 395/1,291 litres on offer depending on whether you fold the rear seats.

It’s a good square space with minimal intrusion and some recessed pockets by the wheel arches. The rear seats split 60:40 and fold down with a lever inside the tailgate.

Heavy items will be easier to load as well thanks to a 87mm lower load lip than before, and a split level floor to give you the option of a flat loadspace or a larger overall capacity.

Safety

  • Seven airbags plus high beam assist, lane assist etc
  • Optional kit includes adaptive cruise control
  • Top spec DCT cars get semi-autonomous motorway mode

The Kia Ceed comes with a strong standard kit list when it comes to safety – starting with seven airbags, two Isofix points on the rear seats and electronic stability control in every model.

Active systems include high-beam assist, driver attention warning, speed limit information functionlane-keep assist and active city brake.

Cruise control is standard on all models, while adaptive cruise control is standard on GT-Line S and optional as an upgrade on mid-spec models. Only top-spec GT-Line S comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic collision warning and park assist as standard, but if you’re looking to buy used, these were also standard on the First Edition car.

Also making its way into top spec models is Lane Following Assist, a form of semi-autonomous driving that assists with acceleration, braking and steering on the motorway. This is the first time it has featured on a European Kia.

The standard halogen headlights are adequate in terms of brightness, but higher-spec models come with LED units.

It's worth noting there are two Euro NCAP scores for the Kia Ceed - we've gone for the standard model's four-star rating here as the other rating was for a Ceed with the optional driving assitance packs. All this tech was enough to nudge the result into a five-star rating, but the crash test results remained exactly the same.

You can find the results for the Ceed with the optional driving assistance pack here

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Ceed Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
2 optional equipment
None available

2 NAV equipment

2 NAV standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Sat Nav
2 NAV optional equipment
None available

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
3 optional equipment
None available

Blue Edition equipment

Blue Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
Blue Edition optional equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
First Edition optional equipment
  • Cruise control

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
GT optional equipment
None available

GT-Line equipment

GT-Line standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
GT-Line optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

GT-Line Lunar Edition equipment

GT-Line Lunar Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
GT-Line Lunar Edition optional equipment
None available

GT-Line S equipment

GT-Line S standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
GT-Line S optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Kia Ceed Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 88%
Child Occupant: 85%
Vulnerable Road Users: 52%
Safety Assist: 68%

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.