The 1.6 Diesel (113 bhp) – tested in the hatchback.
The 1.6 Diesel (113 bhp) – tested in the hatchback
The Kia cee'd hatchback we tested was fitted with Kia’s 1.6-litre higher output diesel engine producing 113bhp compared to the lower output’s 89bhp. The diesel engine produces 113bhp at 4000rpm, while delivering maximum torque across a wide band, in this case 1900-2750rpm. The 0-62mph time is quoted at 11.7 seconds, with a top speed of 117mph. Kia quotes a combined fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg while producing just 128 g/km of CO2.
Initially when you start the engine from cold there is some ‘chatter’ but it quickly warms and quietens down. Overall the sound deadening is quite good and it is quite refined. On the road the 1.6 diesel feels a lot quicker than the quoted 0-62 mph figure would suggest.
We averaged a realistic 44 mpg which included mixed urban driving and some motorway travel – careful ‘B’ road cruising at one point was returning 66 mpg over a distance of some 9 miles, which is exceptionally good.
The 1.6 Petrol - tested in the SW
The Kia cee’d SW has been fitted with Kia’s 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 120 bhp at 6200 rpm and 154 Nm at 4200 rpm. It was fitted with the standard five-speed manual gearbox and completes the 0-62 mph sprint in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 119 mph. Kia quotes a combined fuel cycle figure of 44.1 mpg - producing 152 g/km of CO2.
Over the same 9 mile section that the diesel engine was achieving 66 mpg we could only achieve 51 mpg with the petrol engine. It has to be worked much harder than the diesel powered cee’d, to gain little more performance.
Both engines can be specified in either the hatchback or the SW model. overall we preferred the diesel engine for its low down torque delivery and fuel economy with little difference in performance over the petrol engine.
Electric power steering is standard on the Kia cee’d which helps a little with fuel economy (3% over engine powered steering) whilst delivering maximum low-speed assistance. The steering is OK but not amongst the best, the ride quality was as expected not exceptional but it coped well on poor British roads. Both body styles handled fairly well but the diesel hatchback felt the better of the two on the road which could have been due to the extra weight of the diesel engine. There was also less road noise and the ride was also better, the suspension being softer on the SW.
The 5-speed gearbox on both cars was notchy and with the petrol estate we felt like it needed a sixth gear, where the diesel is suited to the five speed box.