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I have owned a Kia C'eed now for just over 3 years and to be honest I am struggling to fault it. Yes of course there are faster cars out there, yes of course there are more stylish cars out there, yes of course there are better handling cars out there and there are also cars out there with longer warranties.... Hold a minute ! There are no manufacturers out there with longer warranties ! One of the main selling points of the Kia is the amazing 7 year warranty, yes that's right 7 years. Now to make a car with a 7 year warranty, you have to be confident in its build quality. Having done approaching 50 000 miles, up and down the country, driven in muddy fields, deep snow, rutted ice, not to mention the myriad of passengers of all ages getting in and out of the car I can certainly vouch for its build quality. The car is dealer serviced and apart from the regular service it has been into the garage once to fix a sticky rear brake (under warranty of course without quibble). The 1.6 diesel engine is punchy enough for overtaking and can fairly shift if that's the way you want to drive it. The handling is excellent too and while maybe not being on a par with the likes of a Focus you can throw it into a corner with gusto without worrying about the car not holding its line. The boot is excellent and can easily take a full load of shopping, a couple of sets of golf clubs or a couple of suitcases plus smaller bags. All in all the Kia is a great all rounder which won't let you down and if something does go wrong then there is the all encompassing 7 year warranty. If you are looking for a reasonably priced family car then the Kia C'eed is worth serious consideration.
Whilst searching the market for the next new car for the family, I called into the local car sales showroom looking for the best value whilst keeping in mind the required space for my wheelchair. I was in undated with 'this car has..' but then I spotted it on the forecourt. It looked modern, it had alloy wheels, it had everything I was looking for. From the front, it has a beautiful streamline shape. The window screen wipers are tucked under the bonnet until needed giving a unobstructed streamline for air flow. The driver has all the controls at their finger tips. They can operate their blue tooth devices with a touch of the button. Answering telephone calls are safe as there is no need to take their hands off the steering wheel. All blue tooth music systems are easily connected giving an all around music system. Again at a touch of a button on the steering wheel. The system comes with a cable which allows the user to link up manually an ipod or iphone, leaving the blue tooth free for a 'paired' mobile phone. Yes it sounds a little complicated, but if like me you need a 'script and verse' when it comes to technology, then check out the manual. Yes, I said the manual, unlike other manuals this is so easy to use. The audio has a little booklet to itself. Easy!! Moving on... the car has dual heating and air conditioning controls. In laymen terms, the driver can be as hot as they want to be, whilst the passenger can be as cool as they want to be....all at the same time. Great stuff! Leg space is very good too. I need extra leg space to allow for the movement of my body into the car. As the front seats have controls to move the seat up and down as well as back and forward, it has a lot of options to giving the taller person room to move, whilst the shorter person can move the chair closer to the pedals and wheel whilst maintaining a high or low level chair seat. Windows are electric and can be operated by the driver, locking them in position to ensure passengers are safe from trapped fingers. The windows also have an AUTO button so the driver and passengers can flick the button and let go. The window then automatically fully closes or fully opens without hanging onto the window button. Your fingers are so happy! All doors can be locked by using a single click to a button positioned in the centre of the front panel. Ideal for the single occupant when they need to take high valued goods with them. The doors can only be operated from the inside until the door has been locked and unlocked using the central locking remote control. The child locks are also controlled by the button. The remote control also allows for the rear hatch door to be opened whilst keeping all other doors locked. The rear passengers have limited controls. They can control the windows independently only if the driver has not used the safety button. Thus you can ensure the rear passengers are safe. Bottle/cup holders are situated in the front door panels but the central compartment needs to be fully opened for the rear passengers to access theirs. This, for me, is definitely an inconvenience as the driver looses the arm rest!!! However, the selling point for me was that whilst having five people in the vehicle, I could put my wheelchair in the boot space whilst the rear chairs where still upright. Using a wheelchair is vital to my independence and with the installation (arranged by the garage) of a wheel chair lift, I don't need to struggle with collapsing the chair or relying on my passenger to get the chair in and out of the boot. Wonderfully spacious, would be ideal for any family with dogs. Economy is also on many people's mind. I have the diesel model and get a great 'miles to gallon' whilst making both short and long journeys.
After originally taking a shine to the Mazda 3, we saw the Kia C'eed on an advert - "CSI sponsored by the Kia C'eed" on FiveUSA. We both imediately fell in love with this curvey little car and traded our renault for a 1.6 diesel c'eed. I'm not much use at the stats (check www.kia.co.uk for those) but I do know it's WAY more economical than my old car (1.6 petrol Renault Megane Sports Tourer) and so nippy I can actually give silly BMW drivers a run for their money!!! All safe in the knowledge that I paid less than £10,000 for a 58 plate that was only 17 months old back in June 2010. The controls are easy to use without getting out the owners handbook. I find the extra 12volt charging socket really useful as it means we can run / charge 2 items while still playing music from an ipod through the ingeniously installed usb socket or other player through the minijack socket. Gadgets a-go-go! It seems to warm up really quickly in the winter, has heated mirrors and the fastest working heated rear windscreen I've ever seen! The air-con is amazingly cool, but I dont get much cause to use it in the UK ;) You only get electric windows in the front, and I'd prefer all of them to be, but when that's the only bad point I've found it's hardly worth mentioning! There's plenty of space in the cabin for 4 people and 5 will probably fit comfortably (although I haven't tried yet). The boot holds a lot more than you'd think. We've gone from an estate sized car to this medium sized family car, so it's a considerable difference, but we can still get a month's shopping in there or pack for a holiday. If nothing else convinces you this will: £30 A YEAR ROAD TAX FOR THE DIESEL MODEL. YES I DO MEAN PER YEAR!!!
We have owned our Kia cee'd 1.6 crdi SW for two years now, and to be quite honest we couldn't be happier. The car still manages to surprise us now and again with the way it performs and the amount of space the Cee'd has to offer. The car will carry five adults in reasonable comfort and with enough room in the back for all their day to day luggage. If you fold the rear seats flat it has almost van like proportions swallowing almost anything that you would like to throw at it within reason. The interior is well laid out and all the controls are easy to use and it also boasts an excellent sound system. The engine in the Kia Cee'd is one of its strong points, it pulls strongly from low to the mid rev range, where most of us average drivers use it. In everyday use the car is more than adequate, with a smoothness and quietness of a much more expensive car. It's not the quickest thing off the line but then I can't see any boy racers buying a family car like the Cee'd, one things for sure when you catch up with them at the next lights, you will have got there using less fuel, in more comfort, and your sound system will not have to be on full blast to be able to hear it. I am finding it difficult to pick holes in our Kia Cee'd, but if I was to be pickie the first thing I would mention is that it is not cheap for a Kia, but then the 7 year warranty says alot about it's build quality, 100% better than the Kia of old. The Kia Cee'd is not for every one but if you are looking for a good reasonably priced family car, then look past the badge and take it for a test drive then ask yourself if the other cars in it's class are worth the extra money... I think you might be suprised.
This reasonably priced car is a great family car. It comfortably fits 5 people and offers a smooth ride, fairly good fuel economy, and a comfortable interior. The seven year warranty reflects the quality of the build and you get a great car for your money. The visibility is great in this car as it has essentially no blind spots and it is easy to negotiate in tight spaces. The boot is pretty spacious and with the back seats down it is capable of carrying a lot of stuff. In terms of appearance it is quite a good looking car, though not perhaps as stylish as other similar cars, the interior is comfortable but obviously not made from high quality materials. The USB connection has proved useful, and the quality of the sound system is good. The engine could do with a little more power, but is comfortable both in the city and on the motorway.
I don't own a car any more. I used to, when I was about 21 and living in Northern Ireland, where my car was parked on the street. Those three factors contributed to a third-party-only insurance premium that was more than the value of my car. So I got into the habit of renting whenever I needed a vehicle. Living in the city, it's the absolute way forward for me. Because not only can I chose precisely what size and sort of vehicle I need for whatever journey or task in hand (a van for Ikea, or a efficient diesel for a long trip) I don't have to worry about the menial day to day running costs and practicalities of owning a car. It also means I get the modest rental counter excitement of wondering what sort of car I'm going to get this time. At Hertz in a large Scottish city this month, I was handed the keys to a brand new gunmetal grey Kia C'eed 1.6 (which rents in their class C, comparable to a Focus or Astra). This was a first time for me, and I was prepared to put my preconceptions of Korean cars asides to give it a punt. Boy, was I impressed. In the couple of decades since I saw my first Kia on British roads (a thinly veiled reworking of an older generation Mitsubishi) this company has come a long way. The C'eed (and it's three door sporting brother, the Proc'eed) is a compelling alternative to the European and Japanese benchmark family hatchbacks. Built on the same platform (and with many shared components) as the Hyundai i30, the C'eed sells on comfort and reliability (compared to the i30's keen price point). But perhaps most interestingly to a private customer is the standard 7 year warranty this car comes with. That displays real confidence in this car's build quality and design. Outside: the styling is forgettable but entirely attractive. Access and egress through the four passenger doors is easy, and there's a big boot (and an estate version if you want more). Inside, the seats are supportive and comfortable, front and back. The driver has a sporty position which positive tactile materials throughout the cabin. The audio and ventilation/heating controls were relatively straightforward, and stalk controls are now standardised on the European format (indicator left of the wheel, wipers etc on the right). That reflects the European design team who came up with this car; to complete the picture that this is a serious competitor for European models, it's also built at a brand new environmentally-sensitive factory in Slovakia. Driving around town (I didn't get a chance to use it for longer jaunts) was a doddle, with precise but light steering and a relatively smooth gearbox. A few weeks later I rented a diesel Ford Focus and found the Kia to be much lighter around town, especially when parking in tight corners. So, only a brief test drive, but an impressive one. I'm not in the market for a new hatchback, but if I were that seven year warranty and the remarkable build quality would certainly endear me to the Kia C'eed.
A true story: ********** The excited Chinese lady knocked on my window, "Very nice car Kia, German is it? How much is it?" I had to think a minute as I only had the car on hire but I thought I'd seen a list price mentioned on the hire agreement (in case I had to pay for it I suppose). "No it's Korean. And about £13,000". "Really! Expensive though. Can you get cheaper?" I hazarded a guess. I knew mine had a 1.6 litre engine so probably there is a smaller engine version. "You can probably get a basic one for £12,000, or £11,000". She shook her head, "Expensive! Not German!", and waved goodbye. As it turned out I was right about the price, you can get a Kia Cee'd for £10,995 with a 1.4 litre engine. However, we were both wrong about its country of origin. Although Kia is a South Korean manufacturer, the car is made in Slovakia alongside its sister model the Hyundai i30. Why the name? ************* First thing to understand about this car is its name: according to Kia it stands for something like "Community of Europe European Design" (what a mouthful!) and is pronounced like "seed". Aside from being a tacit admission that the Koreans think Europeans design a better car it shows what Kia were aiming for: a car to rival the best European compacts such as the VW Golf and the Ford Focus. Have they "suc-cee'd-ed"? Well, in some respects their car is as good or better than the competition (engine, standard equipment and warranty) but as a package its not quite there. And really it only took a few minutes driving the car for me to find out. So why didn't Kia? First impressions: ************** Visually very much like a Toyota Corolla with perhaps a hint of Vauxhall Astra. The colour was very nice though, a kind of silvery-copper metallic. But why are there no rubbing strips anywhere to protect its pretty bodywork? In what European country are there no supermarket car parks? (Slovakia perhaps). Inside the car: ************ I find the indicators are on the right, just like an old Japanese car or an even older British one. So far not very European then. Having the indicators on the "wrong" side is something you'd get used to if it was your only car but if you regularly drive another car it could drive you mad or even be dangerous; flicking the wipers is not the best way to inform other drivers of your intention to change lanes or make a turn. Another obvious and garish feature was the bright orange high intensity instrument lighting - more Kia-Ora than Kia I thought. Once again Kia seem to have tried something new (orange instrument lighting) for its own sake. It is horrible and close to dazzling on the open road at night (there was no dimmer). It might possibly work in town where the ambient lighting level is high, and also orange. The general interior ambience was black plastic, the seat fabric was nondescript and my seat was hard and flat with little support. It was easy to find a suitable driving position though as the seat is adjustable for height, reach and rake. Unfortunately I found the seat back uncomfortable and the crude adjuster fitted only made it worse: it worked in the small of your back and not the lumbar region. Interior room was fine for this class of car and there were handy door pockets, a front central armrest cum cubby hole and cup-holders in the front and back. The (air-conditioned) glove-box was rather small and mainly occupied by the owner's handbook. Electric windows only fitted in the front though. A large central console houses the radio, CD and MP3 player together with the onboard computer display. The steering wheel is leather bound and has clearly-marked controls for the radio-CD player. A manual air conditioning system was fitted which was simple to use and effective. Remote central locking with alarm was also standard, as were alloy wheels. (My own view, however, is that alloy wheels are unnecessary, difficult to clean and easy to damage on kerbs. The money would have been better spent on a panel light dimmer and some rear electric windows.) All in all though quite well equipped (this was the GS model, one up from the base). On the move: *********** I noticed the steering was very light and direct, too light for me, and had no "feel". Excellent for manoeuvring or parking but at motorway speeds it remained just as light (obviously not variable power assistance) which combined with its directness made the car feel a bit twitchy at first. Again, you could get used to it but others do it better. A shame because the directional stability was basically very good. It was also immediately apparent that the ride was firm or even harsh with lots of bump-thump coming through and tyre roar on some surfaces. The pay off was very tidy point and go handling. I had the impression that Kia must have been trying to emulate the MINI's ride and handling rather than the obvious competition. Under the bonnet: *************** And what about the engine I hear you cry, no? As I mentioned above I had a 1.6 litre (petrol) and a look under the bonnet showed it was a DOHC (double overhead camshaft) design. Kia claim a surprising 124 bhp for this unit (more than Golf GTI's used to have until they went turbocharged) and there was always something in hand for overtaking or hills. It felt smooth and flexible rather than fast. Unfortunately it wasn't especially quiet. Revving the engine produces a bit of a din and I noticed an exhaust boom at 60 mph in top gear (fifth). The clutch and gears are light and quite precise if nothing unusual. On the other hand the gearing was strange: first seemed very low (good for Alpine hairpins perhaps) and top gear also seemed too short leading to more engine noise than necessary. It wasn't bad but it could have been a bit more refined, perhaps a 6th gear would help. Keeping to a steady 70 mph needed a very light foot (all that power I suppose) so I would have liked cruise control. Fuel consumption was computed at 6.2 litres/100 km by the onboard computer (about 45 mpg) in five days and 350 miles of mixed town, motorway and general open road driving. I was keeping to speed limits but didn't try especially hard so it does seem an economical car. Putting the boot in: **************** The boot is an average to decent size (340 litres) with a flat floor which lifts to reveal the compact spare wheel, jack and basic tool kit. There would be room under this floor to store a warning triangle, tow rope and a few other odds and ends too. The asymmetrically split rear seats fold forward to give a useful load area while the luggage cover lifts out of the way as you open the tailgate to make loading easier. Insurance & Warranty: ****************** Insurance is a reasonable group 5 (1.6 GS model) and Kia offer an excellent 7-years or 100,000 mile warranty as standard. This helps to make up for the fact that Kias no longer have bargain basement prices (as remarked by that Chinese lady). Or is it just a way to get you to use the dealer for servicing for the next 7 years (cynical I'm not). Passive safety seems impressive with six airbags and a 5 star NCAP score. But these days anything less would be considered poor. Home on the range: **************** The Kia Cee'd comprises a wide range of options with two petrol engines (1.4 and 1.6 litres), three diesel engines (1.6, 1.6 high output and 2.0 litres), 5-speed manual gearboxes (6-speed on 2.0 litre diesel) with optional 4-speed automatic on the 1.6 litre petrol AND diesel models - this last combination is extremely unusual at this engine size. There are five different trim levels, depending on your engine choice. Apart from the hatchback there is also an estate known as the "SW" (shamelessly copying both its name and styling from Peugeot) and a three-door coupé known as the Pro_Cee'd, which has its own slightly plusher levels of trim. It costs a bit more too. If the Cee'd is not quite your thing, have a look at the near-identical Hyundai i30 which has a different styling and interior treatment. Personal Verdict: ************** Quite good but I think they could do better. I suspect the diesel would be a nicer drive as well as even more economical. Unfortunately depreciation can be very high on any non-mainstream car so I would expect to lose money on it, especially compared to the VW Golf. I say that as someone who once bought a new Proton... Nb. I have not been able to assess reliability (though nothing went wrong in the five days I had the car). The general verdict on Kia seems satisfactory however. This review also on Ciao under my "TrueVision" moniker.