Kia’s pulled the covers off the all-new Kia Ceed before 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.
2019 Kia Ceed Styling
The brand-new Ceed might have dropped the old car’s errant apostrophe however its gotten some sporty styling motivated by Kia’s new Stinger GT. The pinched grille (Kia calls it a tiger nose) in between the headlights looks similar to the old car but big consumptions and sharp creases make the new model look a lot more aggressive.
It’s a similar story when you take a look at the new Ceed from the side. The old car’s windows flicked up towards the bootlid but the brand-new model comes with a flatter style that mimics the most recent Hyundai i30 and recently exposed Mercedes A-Class. This makes it look longer, despite being the exact same size as the outgoing model. Take a walk around to the new Ceed’s boot and you’ll discover its brake lights are much narrower and broader than those on the older model. These, integrated with the raised number plate, help stress the new car’s width making it look lower and sportier than the old car.
2019 Kia Ceed Interior
To compliment its smart new exterior, the brand-new Ceed gets a totally different cabin to the old model. You get a pared-back dashboard style and stylish new dials alongside a brand-new infotainment display screen that sits above the control panel rather than tucked under the air vents.
Entry-level cars get a rather little five-inch display screen while mid-range cars get a bigger seven-inch screen. Fancy something a little bit more modern? Hand over for a high-spec car and you’ll get an eight-inch touchscreen with built-in satellite navigation. All models feature Bluetooth connectivity as standard while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart device mirroring are readily available across the range.
The brand-new Ceed is 20mm larger than the old car so there’s more elbow and shoulder room for carrying 3 guests in the back. You can also decrease the front seats closer to the floor than in the old model to provide you more headroom in the front if you’re really tall.
In spite of being not than the old model, boot area has actually also been offered a boost– the Ceed will now swallow 395 litres of luggage compared to the old car’s 380-litre capacity. That implies the new Ceed can hold 25 litres more than a Vauxhall Astra and 15 litres more than a VW Golf.
2019 Kia Ceed Engines and Driving
The new Ceed comes with the choice of four new engines. There’s a 1.0-litre fuel with 120hp that’ll be perfect if you live and operate in the city and a sportier 1.4-litre petrol model with 140hp. You can also get a set of 1.6-litre diesels producing 115hp and 136hp that’ll be more suitable if you do lots of long motorway journeys.
Whichever engine you select, the brand-new Ceed features a six-speed manual transmission as standard. You can, nevertheless, get a seven-speed automated transmission 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 brand-new semi-autonomous driving tech. Pay a little extra and you can get the new car fitted with systems that’ll brake, accelerate and even guide for you on motorways at speeds up to 81mph. You likewise get automated emergency situation braking as basic in mid-range models that’ll assist avoid low-speed crashes by applying the brakes if an obstacle is spotted ahead.
2019 Kia Ceed Price and Release Date
Kia hasn’t revealed just how much the brand-new Ceed will cost but it must set you back a little more across the range than the outbound car when it goes on sale in mid-2018. As a result, you can expect 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.