Kia cee'd Review

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The LS specification cars where well equipped with climate control as standard plus there are all round electric windows, electric mirrors, cloth and leather seat trim, front fog lamps,  seat back pockets, illuminated vanity mirrors, a front map lamp and sunglasses holder.

The LS model features an integral tailor-made audio system with a single slot CD player and RDS radio which was developed in conjunction with Siemens with speakers by Blaupunkt. There is a USB and a 3.5 mm auxiliary connection which enables the connection of most MP3 players, iPods and USB memory sticks. Most of the audio controls are thoughtfully duplicated on the steering wheel.

The Kia cee’d is one of safest cars in its class on sale scoring five-star result in EuroNCAP testing - standard features include all-disc anti-lock braking with electronic brake force distribution, ensuring the stopping power is distributed to the wheels with most grip.  It is a pity to see that Electronic Stability Control (ESP) is an option on LS models –it should be standard throughout the range.

ESP detects potential loss of grip at either the front or rear and returns the car to a safe course by braking a wheel, reducing engine power or both thus preventing a skid

Twin front and front-side airbags plus full-length curtain airbags are standard across the range. The front passenger airbag has a cut-off switch so that a rear-facing child seat can be safely mounted.  Intelligent active headrests are standard across the range for the two front seats and help to minimise the risk of whiplash injury if cee’d is shunted from the rear.  In a rear-end collision they move forwards to restrain the rearward movement of occupants' necks. Two ISOFIX child-seat mounting points are also fitted the two outside rear seats – they do have top tether points but on the hatchback these are strangely fitted across the rear load area.

To ensure cee’d is as secure against theft as it is in an accident, deadlocks are fitted to the doors and an engine immobiliser is standard.  On-the-move security it taken care of with speed sensing auto-locking which is selectable at the time of the PDI (pre-delivery inspection).

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