Kia Cee'd hatchback - lots of space, good for fuel

Apr 12, 2012

What the motoring press is saying about the new Kia Cee'd hatchback

Price: From £14,500 (est)

Pros: Spacious small family car with good head- and leg-room, fuel efficient, easy to drive

Cons: Steering is overly light, little acceleration in top gear, no sporty feel

Carbuyer, 4.3/5
"The new Kia Cee'd is more of a rival than ever before for the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. It's a stylish, spacious small family car with a quality interior, lots of equipment and economical engines. The ride errs on the side of comfort rather than sportiness, which is no bad thing, but there is a slightly firm edge to it on poor road surfaces. The biggest disappointment is the steering, which feels overly light."

Auto Express, 4/5
"Open the front door and you're greeted by an attractive, well-built, strongly specced and roomy interior. The Cee'd has grown in length by 50mm (but reduced in height and width, both by 10mm). This is a seriously spacious small car, with more than enough room for four (five at a pinch) above average-size adults to travel in comfort."

What Car?, 3/5
"The design and engineering has been done in Germany and, as before, the Cee'd is built in Slovakia. Kia's credibility as a maker of cars that can compete with those from Europe and Japan comes largely from the previous Kia Cee'd, and the new one aims to continue the process."

"Kia says this car combines styling typically found on a sporty coupé, with the space and functionality of a five-door hatch. It'll come with the same engine range as before but emissions are down and fuel economy has been improved. The updated engines deliver a 4% average improvement in fuel consumption across the range, while the 127bhp diesel achieves a claimed fuel consumption of 76mpg and CO2 emissions of 97g/km."

MSN Cars, 4/5
"The six-speed manual gearbox (there's also a traditional six-speed auto as an option) has an easy change which helps make the Cee'd whisk along in town and on open roads with almost serene progress. Where it doesn't quite come together is on motorways. Sixth gear is extremely high - to aid economy - with the result that the engine has very little in the way of acceleration in this gear."

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