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Kia Ceed

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Summary


The Kia Ceed is a medium-sized family car, available as a five-door hatchback or estate (called the Sportswagon). The current model is the third generation and was launched in 2018.

The Ceed has received mostly positive scores from the UK motoring media, with the top-spec GT model generally scoring better than the rest of the range. The Ceed has been particularly praised for its value for money and driving dynamics, however prices get expensive quite quickly as you go up the range to the GT.

There is a sleeker, sportier estate vehicle called the ProCeed and a crossover-style vehicle called the XCeed. We are building separate pages for both of these, so check back soon.

As of March 2022, the Kia Ceed has an Expert Rating of 70%, which puts it firmly in the midfield of the family car market.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £20,105 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: –
Update due: Autumn 2021


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: July 2019

88%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

52%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

68%

SAFETY ASSIST

Note on safety

The Kia Ceed has two separate Euro NCAP safety ratings. Lower-specification models do not get as much safety equipment as standard, so they get a four-star rating as shown above.

Higher-specification models get an additional Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (available on most lower-spec models at additional cost), which earns them a five-star rating. This also bumps up the Vulnerable Road Users rating from 52% to 68%, and the Safety Assist Rating from 68% to 73%.

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Kia Ceed has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP, and only a few cars have do far been assessed.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia Ceed has received

2022

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Small Hatch

2019

  • Intelligent Instructor Awards – Car of the Year
  • Red Dot Awards – Product Design
  • iF Awards – Product Design
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car under £20K

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Kia CeedThe Kia Ceed has received positive scores from the UK media, with the top-spec GT model generally scoring better than the rest of the range.