Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Kia Ceed?

Value used to be the Kia Ceed’s strongest suit, alongside the company's industry-leading seven-year warranty. Now, the appeal of this third generation car has been massively broadened by improved driving dynamics and a smart new look inside and out.

The inclusion of additional driver enjoyment simply adds another string to what is already quite a talented bow. It’s not quite up there with rivals such as the Ford Focus and SEAT Leon in terms of excitement behind the wheel, but otherwise, the Ceed is a very impressive addition to the ranks of the small family car sector.

If you can only go for an automatic gearbox, the cheapest entry point is a 1.4-litre petrol in 3 trim level. It’s also worth noting that top-spec GT-Line S is also only available with an automatic gearbox.

The quickest and best handling Ceed is the GT, but if you just want the sporty looks and want to avoid the higher running costs of one, choose one of the GT-Line models instead. Otherwise, the mid-spec ‘3’ will combine the best in value for kit and comfort.

If you need to go for diesel, the 136hp is the best bet, being powerful, smooth and economical.

Company car drivers should look at the 2 Nav as that brings the lowest P11D costs and the larger touchscreen with built-in sat-nav. Otherwise, if the budget stretches to a mid-range 3, this brings added creature comforts which will be appreciated on those longer journeys, such as automatic windscreen wipers, electric lumbar support, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and autonomous emergency braking. Ultimately, the plug-in hybrid 3 is the one to go for, but it’s only available in estate Sportswagon bodystyle only.

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