Kia Ceed 1.5T GDi ISG 2
The kia Ceed is a family hatchback car, that has been described as well-priced, good to drive and is packed with all the essential technology. The Kia Ceed got a facelift in 2021, introducing a sharper exterior style.
The interior of the new Ceed has soft-touch surfaces and plenty of padding, giving the inside a more premium look and feel like an Audi or BMW. The interior layout is simple yet effective, and the Kia Ceed retains its two large, round analogue dials for speed and engine revs, which many drivers still prefer over an all-digital dash display. The cockpit has a good range of adjustment for the driver’s seat and steering wheel, and the pedals are nicely in line with the driver’s seat and steering wheel, ensuring a comfortable and ergonomic driving position.
All entry-level 2-trim vehicles come with an 8-inch display screen compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The display has crisp graphics, and the touchscreen is responsive and easy to use. The inclusion of modern technology adds to the premium feel of the new Ceed.
The Kia Ceed GDI ISG 2 comes with:
- 2" supervision colour cluster display
- 8" touchscreen display
- Apple car play/Android auto with voice control
- Cruise control + speed limiter
- Driver attention warning (DAW)
- Emergency stop signalling system
- Reversing camera with dynamic guidelines
Practicality and comfort
The front seats are comfortable and come with height adjustment, while the steering wheel can extend quite far, making it a perfect car for tall drivers. The back seats have plenty of head and legroom and can easily fit three adults across the bench. The flat floor makes it more comfortable for the middle passengers than other cars. The rear storage bins are a reasonable size, and there’s storage under the front armrest, a couple of cupholders, and useful cubbies for both wallets and phones.
The revamped cabin of the Ceed has made it look and feel much more luxurious than before. The soft-touch fabrics and plenty of padding in places like the door’s armrests and seats make it a more comfortable and premium experience for both the driver and passengers. With the inclusion of modern technology and practical storage options, the new Ceed is a great option for those looking for a practical yet premium car.
Performance and visibility
When it comes to finding a car that can handle the hustle and bustle of town driving, the Kia Ceed is a dream. From dropping the kids off at school to commuting through work traffic, this car has got you covered.
One of the standout features of the Ceed is its turning circle, which is one of the tightest in its class of family hatchbacks. This comes in handy when navigating tight spaces like mini roundabouts and ensures that you can make a right turn without catching a curb or scuffing an alloy. The clutch in the Kia Ceed is surprisingly light and doesn’t require much leg muscle, making it the perfect car for those who drive for a living. The six-speed manual gearbox also has a simple, effortless shift, making city driving that much easier.
The Ceed also offers good all-round vision for the driver, with door mirrors that are just the perfect size - not too big or troublesome when driving through tight streets, but not too small to cause big blind spots.
The Kia Ceed has a 1.5 litre turbo petrol engine with an average fuel economy of 49.6mpg. On the motorway, getting the Kia Ceed up to speed is not a problem thanks to its engine. The six-speed gearbox has a light, accurate action, and the car is very stable, even in crosswinds or when passing lorries. This makes long journeys smooth and straightforward.
When it comes to navigating twisty backroads, Kia has struck a superb balance between comfort and agility with the Ceed. The supple suspension deals with all the usual potholes and uneven roads, making it perfect for English roads. The quick-acting steering response also provides a safe and secure feeling for both the driver and passengers.
Visibility is also pretty good in the Ceed, with relatively thin windscreen pillars making it easier to see out of junctions. The front visibility is perfect, although the view from the rear is not as impressive due to the smaller rear window. However, the car’s reversing camera makes up for the limited rear view, making reverse parking even easier.
The speedometer is visible from both the passenger seat and the driver’s seat, making it not necessary for an extra speedometer to be fitted.
All versions of the Ceed come with heated door mirrors and a front wiper de-icer, making life easier during colder months. And when it comes to storage space, the Ceed doesn’t disappoint. With 395 litres of load space and no loading lip, it’s effortless to slide heavy bags through. Folding the 60-40 split rear seats down also creates up to 1291 litres of space, perfect for those weekend getaways.
Overall, the Kia Ceed is a great car for towns, providing a safe and comfortable driving experience that’s perfect for navigating the daily grind.