REVIEW DATE: 26 Oct 2010
June Neary is surprised by Kia's impressive family hatchback offering, the cee'd
With the cee'd, it's time to start looking at this Korean brand in a different way. Here is a car that is at least as good as the Family Hatchback class favourites - your Astras, Focus's and Meganes - but costs less to buy and to own. That works for me.
There's plenty of space in the rear and I had no problem lumping child seats in and out - or with the weekly Tesco shop. The plastics seem pretty hard-wearing and the design seems as child-proof as it's possible to get at this price point.
Conspicuously lacking the higher performance options offered by its rivals, the cee'd concentrates on keeping costs manageable with a choice of this 1.4, plus a larger 1.6-litre petrol engine, along with a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. The petrol units are badged CVVT which stands for Continuously-Variable Valve Timing and means that they can adapt their combustion cycles to optimise performance or economy as required. The 1.4-litre unit manages 89bhp and a 11.2s 0-60mph time, while the 1.6 has 124bhp getting it to 60mph in 10.4s. The diesel is the best cee'd engine with its common-rail injection system and is available in 89bhp or 113bhp guises. The higher powered model benefits from a variable geometry turbocharger and can cover the 0-60mph increment in 11.1s.
Here is a Kia that needs no apologies - a car that sells on quality as well as price. If you're buying a car in this sector, it's an alternative you can't afford to ignore.
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