Kia’s pulled the covers off the brand new Kia Ceed prior to it makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Program in March. It will go up against the similarity the Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and Hyundai i30 when it goes on sale in mid-2018.
The new Ceed may have dropped the old car’s errant apostrophe however its acquired some sporty styling motivated by Kia’s new Stinger GT. The pinched grille (Kia calls it a tiger nose) between the headlights looks similar to the old car however big consumptions and sharp creases make the new model look much more aggressive.
It’s a comparable story when you look at the new Ceed from the side. The old car’s windows snapped up towards the bootlid but the new model includes a flatter style that mimics the latest Hyundai i30 and just recently revealed Mercedes A-Class. This makes it look longer, in spite of being the very same size as the outgoing model.
Take a walk around to the new Ceed’s boot and you’ll notice its brake lights are much narrower and larger than those on the older model. These, integrated with the raised number plate, aid emphasise the new car’s width making it look lower and sportier than the old car.
To enhance its smart new exterior, the new Ceed gets a completely different cabin to the old model. You get a pared-back dashboard design and sporty new dials alongside a new infotainment display that sits above the dashboard rather than tucked under the air vents.
Entry-level cars get a rather small five-inch display screen while mid-range cars get a bigger seven-inch screen. Fancy something a little more state-of-the-art? Fork out for a high-spec car and you’ll get an eight-inch touchscreen with integrated satellite navigation. All models come with Bluetooth connectivity as standard while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mobile phone mirroring are readily available across the range.
The new Ceed is 20mm broader than the old car so there’s more elbow and shoulder room for carrying three guests in the back. You can also lower the front seats closer to the floor than in the old model to provide you more headroom in the front if you’re extremely high.
Despite being not than the old model, boot area has also been offered a boost– the Ceed will now swallow 395 litres of travel luggage compared with the old car’s 380-litre capability. That indicates the new Ceed can hold 25 litres more than a Vauxhall Astra and 15 litres more than a VW Golf.
The new Ceed features the choice of 4 new engines. There’s a 1.0-litre petrol with 120hp that’ll be ideal if you live and operate in the city and a sportier 1.4-litre petrol model with 140hp. You can also get a pair of 1.6-litre diesels producing 115hp and 136hp that’ll be more suitable if you do lots of long freeway journeys.
Whichever engine you select, the new Ceed comes with a six-speed manual transmission as requirement. You can, however, get a seven-speed automated gearbox in 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre models that’ll offer your left leg a rest in stop-start traffic.
Another feature that’ll assist make the Ceed more relaxing to drive is Kia’s new semi-autonomous driving tech. Pay a little additional and you can get the new car fitted with systems that’ll brake, accelerate and even guide for you on motorways at accelerate to 81mph. You also get automated emergency situation braking as standard in mid-range models that’ll assist avoid low-speed crashes by applying the brakes if an obstacle is identified ahead.
Kia hasn’t revealed how much the new Ceed will cost however it ought to set you back a little more across the range than the outbound car when it goes on sale in mid-2018. As an outcome, you can anticipate to pay from around ₤ 15,500 for an entry-level car and around ₤ 24,500 for a top-spec model with all the bells and whistles.