Kia cee'd Review (2013)
Kia cee'd Review (2013)

The Kia cee’d was first introduced in 2007 selling just under 55,000 units in the UK. We have now moved onto the new second generation model, which was launched on the 1st June 2012.

Although Kia is based in Korea the cee’d is targeted at the European market, from both a design perspective and driving dynamics. It is also built in Europe at Kia’s Žilina plant in Slovakia.

We tested the Kia cee'd '2' 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual ISG with an on the road price of £18,295.


There is a choice of four engines the: 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and the1.4- and 1.6-litre turbodiesel units. All engines feature a six-speed gearbox with the choice of an automatic on 1.6 CRDi cee’d ‘2’ and DCT (twin-clutch automatic) box on the 1.6 petrol models above the ‘2’ trim level.

Our test car was fitted with the 1.6-litre 126bhp diesel CRDi engine; it is capable of 0-62 mph in a respectable 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 122 mph. This car features Kia’s ISG (Intelligent Stop and Go) technology which can save up to 12% more fuel. With this system the engine is switched off when the car comes to a stop and the gearbox is in neutral and the clutch pedal is not pressed. As soon as the driver puts their foot on the clutch to select a gear the engine is started and you can drive off.

According to Kia the official combined fuel consumption figure is 76.3 mpg and the CO2 emissions are 100 g/km. Which currently means the 1.6-litre 126bhp diesel CRDi is road tax exempt and is able to enter the London Congestion Charge Zone without payment.

As with all official fuel consumption figures they can be a little optimistic and we achieved on average 46 mpg and with a little care this increased to 61 mpg on a ‘B’ road test route.

We were perfectly happy with the diesel engine and if the fuel consumption increases as the engine is run in then maybe the official fuel figures are not too wrong. The engine never felt lacking in power and pulled well across the rev band.

Kia cee'd Review | Part Two

Published : 14/02/13 Author : Melanie Carter

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