Since dropping its apostrophe and becoming Kia Ceed in 2018, this Kia has become an excellent family hatchback in its own right. Before this, the Cee’d was a car you bought if you were value-conscious and didn’t want to stretch your wallet to buy a VW Golf, but now there's no ifs and buts because it really is as good as rivals such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf… and you get the Kia 7-year warranty. Bonus!
But it’s fair to say that anyone looking for a family-friendly set of wheels is somewhat spoilt for choice these days, so standing out is a key attribute for the Ceed to carry. With this third-generation Ceed, Kia rolls its VW-Golf-rivalling hatchback onto a new model platform in a bid to make a more telling dent in the regional segment dominance of its European car-making rivals.
Hatchback: Essentially serving as the base model, the Kia Ceed family hatchback is high on the practicality and affordability scale. It is available in both turbo petrol and diesel variants, with all those engines mated to either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT transmission.
Sportswagon: For people with a family to haul around, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon is the perfect choice. From the front, this model looks just like the 5-door hatchback, but with an overall length of 4,600 mm, there is a lot more space in the back, allowing for 600-litres of boot space.
The Ceed is no token substitute in the family car segment. If you’re after value, surely the Kia’s the bargain-in-waiting? Not so fast. This new Ceed is so confident, it doesn’t simply lean on a 7-year warranty for support.
That doesn’t mean it has become a class-leading car, but it certainly now has a roster of static and dynamic qualities that’s long enough to make it more worthy of recommendation than all but the very best cars in one of the toughest market segments in the world. No, the Kia is not the most exciting car in its class, but if you’re looking for a sensible car that’ll fit your family and all their luggage, the Kia ticks all of those boxes.
“After more than a decade on sale, the Kia Ceed continues to underpin the brand’s consistent growth across Europe. Like its predecessors, the new model has been designed and engineered exclusively for European buyers, fine-tuned thanks to the feedback from a growing Kia customer base.
More than 1.3 million Ceed vehicles have been manufactured here since 2006, and the new model builds on everything that owners loved about earlier generations.”