2019 Kia Ceed - Improved Compact Family Hatchback

The Kia Ceed is a compact family hatchback which has proved to be a popular choice over the past 10 years. The new Ceed is the 3rd generation and is built on an all-new platform, to improve both styling and handling.

Kia has introduced a couple of new engines to their line-up and fitted the Ceed with a new All Independent Suspension system to improve the ride, handling and comfort.


There are a staggering eight trim levels to choose from when selecting a Kia Ceed, and these are; 2, 2 NAV, 3, First Edition, GT-Line, GT-Line Lunar Edition, GT-Line S and GT.

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Engines, Power and Performance

The Kia Ceed is available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with no hybrid or electric versions currently available. Kia does have plans to release a hybrid in late 2019-early 2020 which could prove to be popular.

There is only one diesel engine to choose from but with two power outputs, either 114hp or 134hp. The engine is a new 1.6-litre turbocharged unit, which can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The 114hp version generates 280Nm of torque with the manual gearbox and 300Nm of torque when mated to the automatic gearbox. Both manual and automatic transmissions will get the Kia from 0-60mph in 10.5secs and on to a top speed of 119mph. The 134hp variation develops 280Nm of torque with either manual or automatic transmission and will hit 0-60mph in 9.8secs and reach a top speed of 124mph.


There are now 3 petrol engines, all of which are turbocharged. To kick-off, there's a 1-litre unit, with 118hp and 172Nm of torque which will hit 0-60mph in 10.7secs and go on to a top speed of 118mph. The 1-litre unit is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, no automatic option. Next up is a 1.4-litre unit which develops 138hp and 242Nm of torque and is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic (DCT) transmission. It will hit 0-60mph in 8.6secs and a top speed of 130mph with the manual transmission and 8.9secs and 127mph with the automatic transmission. Finally, there's a 1.6-litre unit which, like the 1-litre engine, is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, no automatic option. The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine is the most powerful of all the engines, developing 201hp and 265Nm of torque. It will hit 0-60mph in 7.2secs and climb to a top speed of 143mph.

The Kia Ceed handles and rides better than the previous version and fills you with more confidence when being a little more aggressive into corners. The ride is also pleasant and comfortable, and there is little noise or rattling when on uneven ground. The engines are smooth, and transition through the gears is good, although at times can need more revs to get going.

Interior Quality and Technology

The interior of the Ceed is pretty much in keeping with the new Kia range, with more soft-touch materials and a better quality finish throughout the cabin. The dashboard is set-up in a clean, crisp and simple to use format, with controls angled towards the driver for added comfort and ease when using. It is a simple yet effective design, which is quite appealing.


The entry-level '2' comes with an 8-inch colour touchscreen supporting the infotainment system. This includes; Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with other standard features such as a reversing camera, DAB radio and 6-speaker sound system.

Some of the features included with higher-spec models include an 8-inch touchscreen with a built-in sat-nav or a 10.25-inch screen with a built-in sat-nav, Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom Live and wireless mobile phone charging. Opt for the GT-Line S, and you get Kia's new 12.3-inch TFT Supervision Cluster Display (digital), in place of the analogue dials behind the steering wheel.

Kia doesn't offer many optional extra's, so if you want a better sound system or features, then you have to select a higher trim model. Some may not like this approach of limited optional extra's but others will, you know exactly what you get for a set price and don't need to worry too much about being upsold.

Space, Practicality and Safety

The Kia Ceed is a generously spacious family hatchback, both in the cabin and in the boot. In the front, there is ample space, especially if you choose a model which doesn't come with the electrically adjustable seats, due to a lower seating position. The front seats are fully adjustable, with some higher spec models offering lumbar support. The steering wheel is adjustable up and down, and side to side, so finding a good driving position is not a problem.


In the rear, as with the previous Kia Ceed, space is good and is slightly up on the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. The transmission tunnel running up the centre of the car, so even the passenger in the middle seat gets pretty good legroom and foot space.

The boot has more capacity than previous models and now comes in at 395 litres, which increases to 1291 litres with the rear seats folded down. Again this trumps the capacity of the Focus and Golf, which come in at 375 and 380 litres respectively.


The Ceed has a wide range of safety features and assists as standard across its range. Some of these features include; Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), multiple airbags, high beam assist (HBA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to name just a few. Some optional features include; Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) – City/pedestrian. As the spec level increases, the more safety features come as standard.

Is the Kia as good as the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf, which have long been the class leaders? The simple answer is no. However, Kia is bridging that gap and is now not far behind. The Kia certainly is worth considering when choosing your next family hatchback, with good all-round versatility, practicality and value for money, it is deserving of a test drive.

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