Ride and Handling
The Kia cee’d handles very well and features multi-link rear suspension but lacks the finesse of its rivals such as the new Volkswagen Golf.
Our cee’d featured the Flex Steer function which works with the Motor Driven Power Steering which offers three settings – Comfort, Normal and Sport. When parking the comfort mode increases the assistance level, which would be very welcome to those with mobility problems. Personally I kept it in Sport mode all the time, as it gave the best weighting otherwise the steering felt a little numb.
Overall the ride is good but it does verge a little on the soft side, although body roll is kept fairly well in check the car does tend to pitch a little more than I would like.
In summary the Kia cee'd ride is good on all roads but it is not going to set the world on fire with its handling but it is agile enough to satisfy the majority of drivers.
Ease of Use
The new cee’d is 50mm longer and 10mm narrower and as a result of a 10mm reduction in ride height is 10mm lower than the previous model. The overall foot print is 4310mm (l) x 1780mm (w) x 1470mm (h) which compares to the new VW Golf which is 4255mm (l) x 1799 mm (w) x 1452 mm (h).
Getting in and out of the Kia cee’d is fairly easy, although some may need to duck under the front ‘a’ pillar. Getting into the rear is easy and the rear doors open quite wide, so getting a child in and out of their seat should not present a problem. There is plenty of room in the rear and the outer two rear seats have Isofix.
Front passengers benefit from 9mm more legroom and 15mm more headroom and there is more shoulder room all round – 2mm at the front and 5mm in the rear.
We found the front seats easy to adjust with their rotary dial controls for recline. The steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach, so getting into the ideal driving position shouldn’t present a problem for most people.
All round vision is very good and the door mirrors are quite large – parking shouldn’t be a problem on the model we were testing as it was equipped with rear parking sensors. Higher grade models get a reversing camera with the cee’d 4 Tech model getting Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) with Front & Reversing Sensors as standard.
We found the switchgear functional, a little basic but well laid out, although the controls on the steering wheel are a little fussy, but as with most cars you get used to the functionality and location of the switches.
The boot will accommodate 380 litres with the rear-seats up and 1318 litres with them down, this compares to a Golf which can accommodate 380 litres (seats up and 1270 litres (seats down). The rear seats split on a 60/40 basis and will fold down completely flat. There is a useful storage tray under the boot floor, ideal for things that you wish to keep out of sight and the boot lip is relatively low.