There are two trim levels and three engine options with prices ranging from £12,995 to £14,995 in a fairly simple price structure, in between. The S, which is entry-level on the 5-door has been dropped leaving the GS and LS. The specification list, for these two, is similar to those of the 5-door but with a few extras, including luggage net hooks and a 12v outlet in the boot.
With the omission of the entry-level S, the GS starts the trim levels at a higher point than normal but not by much. Standard features include; air-conditioning with glovebox cooler, rake- and reach-adjustable steering column, driver’s seat height adjustment; front, electric windows; electric, heated door mirrors and leather trims to the steering wheel and gearshift gaiter.
The LS adds climate-control, power for the rear windows, rear parking sensors, fabric- and leather-clad seats and front fog-lights, amongst other things. The LS also has a metallic-effect surround to the centre console, rather than the black of the GS. It doesn’t seem too dramatic a difference but in combination with the part-leather seats, it gives the car a completely different ambience. While the GS tends towards practical efficiency, the LS is more upmarket.
The fascia is very focused with the centre console (in either trim), as the centre of attention. It is bold but sensibly laid out with a narrow screen at the top. Below this sits the integrated RDS radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and secondary controls on the steering wheel. Such is the prevalence of the iPod, that more and more cars are being equipped with iPod connectors. The cee’d is one of these and also has a USB and AUX socket between the front seats. There are some optional extras but Satellite-Navigation was not on the list, neither was Bluetooth, hands-free connectivity.
The steering wheel is nice and chunky and sits well in the hands. Behind it, is a compact instrument nacelle featuring three white dials that glow orange/red at night.
All in all, the cabin is very comfortable. The semi-bucket, front seats offer support for all sizes, while those in the back provide a fair bit of legroom and occupants don’t feel squashed.
The test car housed the only petrol choice, which is a 1.6-litre, 16-valve, CVVT engine, specifically designed for the cee’d. It produces 120bhp at 6,200rpm and 154Nm of torque at 4,200rpm. In combination with the 5-speed, manual gearbox, it takes 11.1 seconds for the cee’d SW to reach 62mph from standstill and the top speed is 119mph.
The fuel consumption figures for the test car are 34.9 mpg for the urban cycle, 50.4 mpg for the extra-urban and the combined is 40.9 mpg and the CO2 emissions are 165g/km.
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