Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Ceed is a spacious family hatchback
  • On par with main rivals
  • Large and practical boot

The Ceed is a five-seater with five doors, and passenger space is competitive. Though there’s not as much legroom in the back row as in a Ford Focus, it’s on par with the Volkswagen Golf, meaning four six-foot passengers ought to be able to get quite comfortable.

The cabin’s quite wide, so three adults can sit across the rear bench, albeit in fairly cosy surroundings. And it’s easy to get in and out of, with wide-opening doors, although those who struggle to get into very low cars would be better-served by the xCeed which is higher.

Boot space and storage

The Ceed has a 395-litre boot, which is larger than both the Focus and the Golf by a few litres – though it can’t hold a candle to the Skoda Octavia on this front.

It’s a nice square shape, though, with a low load floor and a flat sill so you don’t need to hoick items over. There’s some storage underneath the boot floor and two deep pockets behind the wheel arches. The rear seats also split and fold 60:40, leaving a totally flat floor for larger items.

Space for smaller items around the cabin is quite good. The Ceed has good-sized front door bins, a deep cubby under the front armrest and a large glovebox. There’s also a useful shelf ahead of the gearlever that’s perfect for storing your phone, right above the conveniently placed USB port. It’s a bit too narrow to hold your phone securely while the charger’s plugged in, though, and there’s no option for a wireless charger here which would be the perfect place for it.

Is it easy to park?

The Ceed has similar dimensions to its predecessor, meaning it’s a nice compact size and should prove easy enough to find a parking space for. Helping matters is a reversing camera that’s standard on all models.

Rear parking sensors are also included from the mid-spec models, but there’s no option for a clever 360-degree camera system or any kind of self-parking aid.

Safety

  • Standard Ceed gets four-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Basic safety equipment all accounted for
  • Driving aids are unobtrusive

The Ceed has two Euro NCAP crash test ratings – four stars for the standard car, or five stars for the ‘safety pack’ equipped models. Post-facelift, this refers to cars in ‘3’ trim or above, which get a more sophisticated autonomous emergency braking system that’ll detect pedestrians and cyclists.

All cars do come with a good degree of standard kit, including a driver attention warning, high-beam assist, lane-keeping assist and Isofix points for child seats in the two outer rear seats.

Kia’s active safety equipment, such as the lane-keeping aids and the semi-autonomous tech fitted to top-spec cars, is some of the least obtrusive we’ve used, meaning you’re more likely to keep it switched on. That’s good for safety.

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
  • CD
  • 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
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • 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
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
2 optional equipment
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

2 NAV equipment

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

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
3 optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Blue Edition equipment

Blue Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Traction control
Blue Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • 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
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
First Edition optional equipment
  • Cruise control

GT equipment

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

GT-Line equipment

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

GT-Line Lunar Edition equipment

GT-Line Lunar Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
GT-Line Lunar Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

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
  • Service indicator
  • Traction control
GT-Line S optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

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.