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Since the first-generation Kia cee’d started production at Kia’s new Slovakian manufacturing facility in December 2006, more than 1.3 million units have been built. More than 660,000 of the second-generation model have been built since production began in 2012. A new naming format for the latest generation car – cee’d becomes Ceed – consolidates its reputation as a car for the Community of Europe, with European Design. As it enters its third iteration, the Ceed is expected to account for an even greater proportion of Kia’s European sales.
Like its predecessors, the Ceed has been designed, developed and engineered in Frankfurt by Kia’s European design, product development and R&D teams. It will be manufactured at the brand’s production facility in Žilina, Slovakia, alongside the Sportage and Venga models.
In 2017, the C-segment accounted for 22 per cent of all European vehicle sales and is consistently one of the two largest segments by volume. The outgoing cee’d accounted for 16 per cent of Kia’s total European sales in 2017 and has regularly ranked alongside the Sportage as one of the brand’s best-selling models in Europe in recent years.
Since the introduction of the cee’d, Kia’s annual European sales have more than doubled, from 225,000 in 2006 to more than 472,000 in 2017. In the medium term, Kia is targeting annual sales of more than 500,000 vehicles. The Ceed model family will therefore continue to underpin the sustained growth of the Kia brand for years to come, remaining one of Kia’s best-selling product lines. The Ceed occupies a unique position in the Kia line-up, perceived by buyers as the most dynamic and sporty volume car to drive, while also being one of the most reliable, practical and recognisable.
DESIGN AND PACKAGING
The Ceed has been designed at the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, European Head of Design, and Peter Schreyer, President of Design and Chief Design Officer. Carrying over the sporty, emotional design character of the Stinger, the Ceed conveys a more self-confident new look – one that is both emotive and precise in its execution.
Lower, wider, and with a longer rear overhang than the car it replaces, the Ceed’s cab-rearward silhouette exhibits a more mature sense of athleticism. Straight lines replace the rounded-off edges of its predecessor, evolving the front of the car with a wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille and lower air intake, and precise, linear shapes framing its ‘face’. The new model features ‘ice cube’ LED daytime running lights as standard, echoing the appearance of earlier cee’d ‘GT’ and ‘GT-Line’ models.
In profile, the sharp, straight lines visually lengthen the bonnet. A greater sense of maturity and strength is created in its shoulder line, which now runs along a more horizontal plane. The model adopts the wide C-pillar that has become a hallmark of Kia design in recent years, enhancing its cab-rearward stance. This also gives the upper window-line a sleek new ‘half-moon’ shape. At the rear, new LED daytime running lights give the Ceed greater visibility – and recognition – on the road. Paired with straight lines in the bodywork and a subtle rear boot spoiler, the Ceed presents a more stable overall appearance.
Constructed on Kia’s new ‘K2’ platform, the Ceed is 20mm wider (1,800mm) and 23mm lower (1,447mm) than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase remains the same at 2,650mm, with the front overhang shortened by 20mm (to 880mm), and rear overhang extended by 20mm (now 780mm). The new platform supports the Ceed’s more efficient packaging. The model boasts a larger, 395-litre boot, as well as greater shoulder room for rear passengers, more headroom in the front row, and a lower driving position.
Inside the cabin, the Ceed is more ergonomic than ever, and with higher-quality materials used throughout. The cabin architecture from the most recent Kia vehicles has been adapted for the Ceed, with the dashboard laid out horizontally for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. This design also creates greater space and a sense of openness for the front passenger, creating more room in the footwell and a clearer view ahead.
For all models, the dash is split into an upper area – for the ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system – and lower area, housing controls for audio and heating and ventilation. Driver-centric in its layout, the centre console is angled slightly towards the driver’s seat for ease of use on the move. The interior is finished in a higher proportion of sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, subtly intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin. Surfaces are finished with metallic or satin chrome trim. Cloth, cloth with faux leather bolsters or genuine leather upholstery are available depending on trim. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearstick are standard on all grades.
The new platform supports the Ceed’s more efficient packaging, with a more spacious cabin than before. The wider body creates greater shoulder room for rear passengers (increased by 34mm to 1,406mm), while a 16mm-lower seating position in the rear creates sufficient knee and leg room for passengers in the second row. Despite the lower roofline, the platform and lowered front seating position create greater front-row headroom than before (now 987mm). The lower rear bench also ensures similar levels of headroom for rear passengers.
While the Ceed five-door hatchback occupies a similar on-road footprint to its predecessor, it boasts a larger 395-litre boot – increased in size by 15-litres. The boot lip is also substantially lower than before – the lift-over height is reduced by 87mm compared to the outgoing cee’d, making it easier to load heavier items into the boot. A split-level boot floor allows owners to lower or raise the height of the boot floor, to accommodate larger cargo or create a hidden compartment beneath.
Grade ‘2’ and ‘2 Nav’ models feature black premium cloth seat upholstery, with grade ‘3’ versions boasting black cloth seat trim with black faux leather bolsters.
The fascia trim is either metallic effect on grades ‘2’ and ‘2 Nav’ or high-gloss black on all other versions, with satin chrome finish interior door handles for ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’, ‘GT-Line S’ and ‘GT’ variants. Stainless-steel pedals feature on ‘GT-Line’, ‘GT-Line S’ and ‘GT’ versions. All Ceed models feature a handy centre console armrest with storage box, with sliding functionality on the ‘GT-Line S’ and ‘GT’ versions.
New ‘GT-Line’ variants inspiration from the Ceed ‘GT’ performance flagship
The Ceed ‘GT-Line’ exterior introduces a range of distinct ‘GT’-inspired design features. These include a satin chrome and gloss black ‘tiger-nose’ grille surround, unique 17- or 18-inch ‘GT-Line’ alloy wheels, and newly designed front and rear bumpers which echo those of the Ceed and ProCeed ‘GT’. The fog lamp surround also incorporates horizontal metallic ‘blades’, similar to those found on the new ‘GT’ models and the Kia Stinger. The range of Kia Ceed ‘GT-Line’ variants is available in a choice of 6 paint finishes.
Inside, Ceed ‘GT-Line’ variants distinguish themselves with a series of changes designed to introduce a sportier ambience to the cabin. The grey roof lining of the Ceed is replaced with black cloth to cocoon occupants, and the door sills feature metallic scuff plates. ‘GT-Line’ variants are fitted with a sporty leather trimmed D-shaped steering wheel as standard, and – for models equipped with Kia’s dual-clutch auto transmission – drivers can change gear with stainless steel steering wheel paddles.
The Kia Ceed ‘GT-Line’ is fitted with new sports seats for front passengers, featuring larger side bolsters than those found in conventional Ceed models and are trimmed in black cloth and light grey faux leather, while ‘GT-Line S’ versions feature black leather and faux suede upholstery with grey stitching.
GT offers unique performance-inspired design with standard 18-inch wheels
The Ceed ‘GT’ features a sporty exterior design to differentiate it visually from other models in the Ceed range. Where the design of the Ceed range is characterised by its blend of taut creases and curvaceous sheet metal, the ‘GT’ variant presents a more athletic proposition than conventional versions of the car.
At the front, the Ceed ‘GT’ has a new front bumper design, incorporating larger air intakes and gloss black trim with red accents along the base. Like the standard Ceed, the ‘GT’ features a modern interpretation of Kia’s four-lamp ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights, integrated into the main headlamp unit. Kia’s tiger-nose grille is also adapted for the new model, with a dark chrome surround and a subtle ‘GT’ logo. The honeycomb grille pattern is also embedded with subtle red highlights.
In profile, it is finished with a glossy chrome window surround and features more substantial side sills, finished in gloss black and red. The standard 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels feature a new castellated centre cap finished in red, and house red brake calipers. At 135mm, the ride height is reduced by 5mm over other Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon variants, making it appear more planted on the road and reducing the overall centre of gravity.
Unique ‘GT’ bumpers at the rear complement those found at the front, housing a subtle gloss black rear diffuser, as well as ‘GT’ badging. A small roof spoiler helps channel air cleanly off the top of the car.
The Kia Ceed ‘GT’ will be available in a choice of four paint finishes, with its own unique 18-inch alloy wheel design.
Sports-focused ‘GT’ interior with everyday versatility
The Ceed ‘GT’ features a series of changes to its cabin to separate it from ‘non-GT’ models in the Ceed family line-up, with a sportier interior ambience.
The ‘GT’ variant is built around the same ergonomic cabin architecture as other models in the Ceed line-up. Surfaces are finished in high-quality soft-touch materials and metallic trim, while the dashboard is angled towards the driver, making it easier to use on the move. At the centre of the dashboard is Kia’s ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system – 8.0-inches wide – with audio and heating and ventilation controls situated below.
A black roofliner, enveloping and cocooning occupants, replaces the grey cloth found in standard Ceed models. Every ‘GT’ model features a D-shaped steering wheel bearing the ‘GT’ logo, as well as aluminium driver pedals. Models equipped with Kia’s dual-clutch auto transmission feature new stainless-steel shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
Front passengers in the Ceed ‘GT’ are held in place by Kia’s new sports seats. Created exclusively for the model, these seats provide larger, firmer side and thigh bolsters compared to the original cee’d ‘GT’. Seats are trimmed in black leather and suede and finished with red stitching and a red-stitched ‘GT’ logo in the seat back.
For many drivers, a performance hatchback has to be able to fit seamlessly into their daily lives – for many owners, it may be the only car they have access to. Practicality is therefore essential – and the Ceed ‘GT’ is more practical than most, featuring the same large 395-litre boot as ‘non-GT’ variants of the Ceed. Its low boot lip is 87mm lower compared to the previous-generation model, making it easier to load and unload heavy or bulky items. A split-level floor allows owners to lower or raise the height of the boot floor, to accommodate larger loads or create a hidden compartment beneath. 60:40 split-fold rear seats are fitted as standard.
The Ceed has been engineered with European buyers in mind. Tested exhaustively on European roads – including the UK – Kia’s test tracks in Korea and at the infamous Nürburgring race circuit in Germany, the Kia Ceed will provide relaxed and safe family motoring and easy, economical long-distance motorway cruising for those who use their cars for business or travel.
The ride and handling characteristics of the new model have been tuned to elevate the Ceed over its predecessor in terms of dynamism and driver engagement. At the same time, a focus throughout the new model’s development on eliminating noise and vibrations means the cabin of the Ceed is more refined than ever.
The new fully independent suspension system provides drivers with more agile and immediate handling responses, complemented by revised spring and damper rates. The ride has been developed on Europe’s wide variety of road surfaces, remaining comfortable while giving drivers the confidence of tighter body control under cornering and stability at higher speeds.
The front springs are now 40 per cent stiffer and the torsional rigidity of the front stabiliser is reduced by 22 per cent. In addition to accommodating the lighter range of engines, these modifications enable more immediate handling responses and a flatter ride under cornering, reducing understeer and producing greater mechanical grip. The front suspension is aided by a new damper valve system to absorb smaller vibrations. Conversely, the rear spring rate has been relaxed by ten per cent, absorbing small vibrations and giving the Ceed a relaxed gait at a cruise or over broken road surfaces. The adoption of a newly designed rear stabiliser, new trailing arm bushings, and optimised shock absorber bushings ensures maximum body control under cornering.
The Ceed sports a 17 per cent more direct steering rack than its predecessor, with a 12.7:1 ratio from its electric motor-driven power steering system. Requiring just 2.44 turns of the wheel from lock-to-lock, the new model provides a more incisive response to drivers’ steering inputs.
Technology in the Ceed also plays a role in enhancing driver enjoyment, as well as safety. The front-wheel drive Ceed features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system as standard. This enables the inclusion of Torque Vectoring by Braking technology, an additional electronic driver support feature which intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer around corners – making the Ceed more enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive.
Refinement and the suppression of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) was a principal focus during the Ceed’s development. Engineers analysed every element of cabin, engine and suspension insulation and ‘transfer paths’ for NVH. Compared to the outgoing cee’d, the new model features thicker, more insulating dashboard padding, new, more sound-absorbent insulation around the rear wheel arches, and a new insulation layer beneath the cabin carpet, reducing engine and road noise. Reshaped windscreen side mouldings and new, more comprehensive sealing around the doors have led to a reduction in wind noise. The Ceed is therefore quieter than its predecessor at every engine speed, with road noise at 37.5mph (60kph) reduced from 67.5 to 66.5dB. Wind noise is also reduced, with 63dB registering in the cabin at 68.75mph (110kph), compared to 64dB in the second-generation model.
The chassis and bodyshell also contribute to lower levels of vibration from poor road surfaces. A thicker rear crossmember and additional reinforcement beneath the rear cabin and boot floors reduce the effect of vibrations from the rear axle. New anti-vibration pads are also fitted to the upper cowl, at the base of the windshield, reducing the effect of engine vibrations on the cabin.
The Ceed’s 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine features a range of additional components designed to improve sound insulation and refinement. These include a timing belt cover and more insulated cylinder block cover, engine undercover, and oil pan cover.
Accomplished, engaging and agile – ‘GT’ has European-developed ride and handling
Home of the performance hatch, Europe is characterised by its diverse driving conditions: high speed motorways, zig-zagging alpine routes, congested city centres and winding country lanes. The Kia Ceed ‘GT’ has been developed to master all these environments.
The Ceed ‘GT’ has been engineered and developed exclusively for European roads and European drivers. At the direction of Albert Biermann, Head of Research & Development Division for Hyundai Motor Group, the car has undergone six months of additional testing, above and beyond the standard Ceed model line-up. The brief was to enhance cornering agility and yaw behaviour, increase traction and responsiveness, and retain the ‘gran turismo’ spirit of everyday usability that defines all Kia performance cars.
The ‘GT’ model is fitted with the same fully independent suspension hardware as the Ceed. However, the half-year of additional fine-tuning to the suspension geometry has rendered it more agile and more engaging to drive.
The performance hatchback sits 5mm lower than the standard Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon, reducing the centre of gravity. Stiffer front and rear springs reduce body roll, improve responses to steering inputs, and give the car a firmer, more assured ride in all conditions – crucially, without rendering the car uncomfortable on longer drives or over broken surfaces. Furthermore, softer front and rear anti-roll bars ensure the inside tyre remains in contact with the road under heavy cornering, enhancing traction and grip. These changes to the suspension enable ‘GT’ drivers to enjoy faster cornering speeds than they might in a number of more powerful front-wheel drive ‘hot hatches’.
In addition, the standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system has been carefully retuned to offer keener drivers more freedom to exploit the increased agility and enhance the yaw rate of the rear axle. Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system is also standard, as well as Torque Vectoring by Braking. This additional electronic driver support feature intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer around corners – making the Ceed ‘GT’ more enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive on the type of winding lanes and mountain passes on which it has been developed.
Consistent stopping power is provided by larger brakes, with the standard Ceed’s 288mm ventilated front disc brakes replaced with 320mm discs. The ‘GT’ brakes are also 3mm thicker, at 28mm, aiding kinetic heat absorption and braking performance with repeated use.
The model offers greater potential for comfortable motorway cruising than many other more extreme hot hatches. Kia’s engineers have been careful to retain much of the comfort and unwavering high-speed stability that characterises the standard Ceed and other Kia vehicles, such as the Stinger, when travelling at high speeds.
To coincide with the introduction of the Ceed, Kia is adding all-new petrol and diesel engines to the line-up. The company’s 138bhp 1.4-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) power unit makes its debut in the Ceed and joins the 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi from its predecessor. A 7DCT (seven-speed auto Dual-Clutch Transmission) gearbox is available on all 1.4 T-GDi and some 1.6 CRDi 114bhp and 134bhp models, alongside a six-speed manual transmission. The 1.4-litre T-GDi powerplant is available on ‘3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades.
An all-new 1.6-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine made its first appearance in the Ceed, before being rolled out to other models in the Kia range, including the Optima, Stonic and Sportage. Designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard, the ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-litre CRDi (common-rail direct injection) uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions.
The 114bhp 1.6-litre CRDi powerplants is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The more powerful 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi unit is available exclusively in ‘GT-Line’ trim and is paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Every engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.4-litre T-GDi and some 114bhp and 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi engines are available with Kia’s seven-speed auto Dual-Clutch Transmission.
Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures
|Max speed mph
|‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘2 Nav’ 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘2 Nav’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘3’ 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘3’ 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed DCT ISG
|‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘GT-Line’ 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘GT-Line’ 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘GT-Line’ 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed DCT ISG
|‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG
|‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCTISG
|‘GT-Line S’ 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed DCT ISG
|‘GT’ 1.6 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG
The petrol engines
The trio of petrol engines are turbocharged direct-injection (T-GDi) units from Kia’s Kappa family. The 1.0-litre engine has been joined by an all-new 138bhp 1.4-litre version, replacing the 1.6 GDi unit used in the Ceed’s predecessor. The sporting flagship, the ‘GT’ is equipped with a 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine that has been substantially uprated compared to its predecessor, the cee’d ‘GT’.
The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine fits in perfectly with Kia’s downsizing strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque from only three cylinders and a cubic capacity of just 998cc, thanks to turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi unit sprays a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure (up to 200 bar) injection system, resulting in highly efficient combustion. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.
The key targets were instantaneous response, high combustion efficiency and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. The 1.0-litre 12-valve T-GDi engine develops 118bhp at 6,000rpm and 172Nm of torque continuously from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm, and features a number of innovative technical solutions. There are laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread evenly throughout the cylinders. A straight air intake port ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking.
There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time, it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.
The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold in a one-piece casting, improving sealing, reducing weight and lowering exhaust gas temperatures. Lower temperatures result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88ºC to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105ºC to reduce friction and improve efficiency.
There is continuously variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness. As a result of these detailed engineering measures, the T-GDi engine exhibits minimal throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost. The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold.
For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened.
The 1.0 T-GDi engine accelerates the Ceed from standstill to 60mph in 10.7 seconds (10.9 seconds for Sportswagon), on the way to a top speed of 118mph. CO2 emissions are from 128g/km, depending on version, with 50.4mpg possible using the combined economy cycle.
An all-new ‘Kappa’ 1.4-litre T-GDi power unit replaces the earlier 1.6-litre GDi engine and produces 138bhp, four per cent more than its predecessor despite its lower displacement. The engine’s turbocharger ensures a wider torque band than the earlier 1.6-litre engine, making it more responsive in a wider range of driving conditions – while also reducing emissions. 242Nm torque is available from 1,500 to 3,200rpm, with emissions (on the WLTP cycle) as low as 140g/km when fitted with the seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission. Manual models emit 141g/km. Acceleration to 62mph is completed in just 8.6 seconds (8.9 seconds on DCT versions), with a top speed of 130mph for manual derivatives and 128mph on DCT versions.
Both 1.0- and 1.4-litre T-GDi engines are fitted with a gasoline particulate filter to further reduce tailpipe emissions, ensuring the Ceed goes beyond the requirements of the Euro 6d TEMP standard.
All-new ‘Smartstream’ diesel engines
The Ceed is also available with Kia’s all-new ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine. Designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard, the 114bhp 1.6-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. The 1.6-litre diesel powerplant produces 280Nm or 300Nm of torque in its lower state of tune when paired with manual or Dual-Clutch Transmissions respectively.
With a six-speed manual transmission, the 114bhp engine emits 122g/km on the combined cycle.
The Ceed’s 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine features a range of components designed to improve sound insulation and refinement. These include a timing belt cover and more insulated cylinder block cover, engine undercover, and oil pan cover.
Available exclusively with the ‘GT-Line’ model, a more powerful 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi engine is available, paired with a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed DCT automatic on hatchback editions.
In 2020, the Ceed family will be available with Kia’s all-new ‘EcoDynamics+’ 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, to further reduce CO2emissions. The ‘EcoDynamics+’ powertrain supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, while a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit extends engine ‘off time’ with a ‘Moving Stop & Start’ function. The technology makes its debut on the latest Sportage.
Apart from the 1.0-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre T-GDi powerplants, where a six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, buyers of the Ceed have the option of a six-speed manual or Kia’s seven-speed auto dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission.
This transmission has been developed in-house with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gear changes.
The manual gearboxes in the Ceed are six-speed units with a wide spread of ratios and long final drives to help bring down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. They are light and compact with a short, slick shift.
Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG)
All versions of the Ceed are fitted with Kia’s Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in traffic. As the name implies, this switches off the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear stick into neutral and releases the clutch pedal, or brings the car to a stop with automatic transmission. The engine restarts instantly as soon as the clutch pedal is partially engaged again, or the driver releases the brake pedal in automatics. This feature means the car is not using fuel and no emissions are released when it is at rest.
ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.
The crankshaft position sensor measures the crankshaft angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.
A new heavy-duty maintenance-free Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery during coasting and braking. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up after a cold start or if the air conditioning is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off ISG through a switch next to the gear stick.
Powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi engine
When the first cee’d ‘GT’ and pro_cee’d ‘GT’ were revealed in 2013, they were powered by a newly-developed 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine. Downsized, turbocharged and quick to respond to driver inputs across the rev range, the new engine came to define the car’s effortless approach to power delivery in all conditions. The Kia Ceed ‘GT’ retains this approach, with a 1.6-litre T-GDi engine that has been updated for the new model.
Producing 201bhp at a 6,000rpm peak, the 1.6-litre T-GDi engine continues to provide effortless acceleration and easily-accessible torque. The engine’s maximum torque of 265Nm is available across a wide 1,500-to-4,500 rpm rev range. The result is an engine which delivers as much of its performance as possible across all driving conditions.
On the ‘GT’ variant the Ceed reaches 60 mph in 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 143mph. The CO2 emissions are 169g/km (WLTP) with 38.2mpg (WLTP combined) possible.
Innovation sits at the heart of the Kia Ceed, which will become one of the most high-tech cars in its class.
The cabin features a wide range of new technologies to enhance comfort and convenience for occupants. The ‘floating’ infotainment system is available as either an 8.0-inch touchscreen audio system or an 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, with UVO telematics and Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®.
The 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system available on grades ‘2 Nav’ and above features Bluetooth® multi-connection as standard, enabling occupants to connect two mobile devices at once, as well as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Its advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast. An 8.0-inch audio display touchscreen system is standard on ‘2’ models, offering Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™ and infotainment functionalities. Android Auto™ is designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. The Ceed’s Apple CarPlay™ system is compatible with the iPhone 5 and every iPhone released since.
UVO Connect links drivers to the world around by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen, the system uses its own eSIM chip to retrieve and update live data during a drive. This includes live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). The second element of the UVO Connect diagnostic data about owners’ cars and the trips they take, enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and enables them to check the location of their vehicle at any time.
A Drive Mode Select system on DCT versions will enable owners to tailor their driving experience, with Normal and Sport mode. Drivers can use Drive Mode Select to alter the level of effort required to steer the car, while each mode subtly changes the character of the engine. Normal mode maximises the potential for greater fuel efficiency and offers more relaxed steering inputs. Sport mode enhances throttle responses, enables faster acceleration – from a standstill and at speed – and adapts the steering to offer additional weight and more decisive responses to driver inputs.
Available on ‘GT-Line S’ versions is a fully digital 12.3-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster, designed to deliver information as clearly as possible. With a high-definition display, the digital cluster replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found currently in the brand’s passenger cars. Its single, seamless display incorporates pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds. A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies.
Standard technologies include full Bluetooth® smartphone integration, Android Auto™ and Apple Carplay ™, as well as automatic lights on all versions. A wireless smartphone charger, heated front and outer rear seats are featured on the ‘GT-Line S’ grade.
On the outside, the Ceed is fitted with newly-designed ‘ice cube’ style LED daytime running lights (DRL) as standard. Previously, these were only featured on Kia ‘GT’ and ‘GT Line’ models, embedded into the front bumper – the ‘ice cube’ DRLs are now integrated into the headlamp units on every model in the Ceed range.
In addition to the car’s seven standard airbags, advanced driver assistance technologies further enhance occupant protection, using active safety systems to mitigate the risk of collisions. Standard safety technologies include High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City (FCA). Pedestrian detection is available on all manual versions from ‘3’ grades and upwards and as part of an optional Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (ADAP) on ‘2’, ‘2 Nav’ and DCT versions of ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line’.
A first for any Kia sold in Europe, the Ceed is available with Lane Following Assist (LFA). Fitted as standard to ‘GT-Line S’ DCT models, Lane Following Assist detects road markings to keep the Ceed in the centre of its lane on the motorway, and controls acceleration, braking and steering. The system uses external sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, operating between 0 and 81mph.
Additional available technologies include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), and pedestrian recognition with haptic steering wheel warnings for the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system (FCA). These features are standard equipment on the ‘GT-Line S’.
Every Ceed is equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). VSM ensures stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if it detects a loss of traction.
All versions of the Ceed are comprehensively equipped and feature an extensive package of comfort, convenience and safety items which becomes progressively more luxurious with every step up the range.
Grade ‘2’ are fitted with many features that are usually a cost option on rivals, including cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, an alarm system, front wiper de-icer, electric windows all-round and automatic headlight control. Other features include 16-inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts, front fog lights, projection headlights and cornering lights, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors in body colour, a high gloss black front grille, chrome window surrounds and LED rear lights. Moving inside, there’s black premium cloth seat trim, a leather trimmed steering wheel, gearshift and hand brake and a rear centre armrest. An 8.0-inch touchscreen audio display is provided, along with a reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines, DAB radio, Bluetooth® with voice recognition and music streaming Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility with voice control. Safety has been given a high priority with Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City (FCA) all included as standard.
The newly introduced ‘2 Nav’ models feature all of this equipment plus a 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with telematics, European mapping and traffic messaging channel is standard, along with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live.
Grade ‘3’ builds on the comprehensive equipment levels you’ll find on grade ‘2 Nav’, with the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rain sensing front wipers, in addition to black cloth seat trim with black faux leather bolsters and power lumbar support for the front seats. Other equipment includes dual-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors, in addition to a 4.2-inch supervision colour cluster display, a USB fast charger in the front centre console and a dual-tone horn. The central fascia is in high gloss black, while the interior door handles have a chrome finish. Manual gearbox variants have the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system upgraded to include pedestrian detection.
‘GT-Line’ variants have a lengthy list of equipment as standard, including 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, front projection headlights, LED daytime running lights both front and rear, front fog lights, rain sensing front wipers, front wiper de-icer, automatic headlight control, electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with LED indicators, exterior front door handle illumination and LED rear lights. The ‘tiger nose’ front grille is finished in high gloss black with satin chrome, with matching high gloss black door mirrors and side sill mouldings. The air intake has a lower lip with black accent, and the rear spoiler is body coloured with high gloss black trim.
Inside the sporty appearance is defined by black cloth and light grey faux leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated leather trimmed D-cut steering wheel with grey stitching, dual automatic air conditioning, all-round electric windows with front auto up and down functionality, cruise control with speed limiter, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and engine start/stop button with smart entry system. Both the driver and front passenger have a seat height adjuster, together with power lumbar support. The steering wheel features both tilt and telescopic adjustment, the headlining is in black and the front console garnish and door trim are finished in black high gloss trim. Both the fascia trim and interior door handles are satin chrome, and the pedals stand out thanks to the sporty stainless-steel appearance. Paddle Shifters are fitted to DCT versions, as is a Drive Mode Select system, offering the choice of Normal and Sport driving characteristics.
The rear seats fold down in a 60:40 fashion, there’s a dual height luggage area floor with parcel shelf to hide luggage and valuables, and all ‘GT-Line’ variants come fitted with a temporary space saver spare wheel as standard. A USB fast charger is provided on the front centre console and is illuminated to make it easier to use at night. Cupholders are additionally provided in the rear armrest for added convenience for rear seat occupants, as well as at the front, in the centre console with cupholder.
As standard, Ceed ‘GT-Line’ comes with a six-speaker audio system, with DAB radio and MP3 compatibility and USB and AUX ports for connection of a media device. Bluetooth® with voice recognition and music streaming is provided, too, along with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM for easy smartphone connection. An 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and traffic messaging channel (TMC), as well as Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live is included and is combined with a 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster display and trip computer. A reversing camera with dynamic guidelines is integrated into the centre fascia screen, as well the fitment of rear parking sensors.
The Ceed is comprehensively kitted out with both active and passive safety devices, including Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City (FCA). Pedestrian detection is available as standard on all manual versions. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS) are included on all versions, with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). All versions come with six airbags, with the ability to switch the front passenger airbag off when carrying a baby in a car seat. ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchor fixings are provided for the rear outer chairs.
Move up to ‘GT-Line S’ specification and the alloy wheels are enlarged to 18-inches with grey centre caps and the headlights are upgraded to LED with bi-functionality. A wide sunroof with tilt/slide functions and an automatic electric sunblind is included, the driver’s seat features 10-way power adjustment with memory functionality, and the upholstery is upgraded to black leather and faux suede with grey stitching. Heated outer rear seats, smart cruise control with stop and go are both included with ‘GT-Line S’ trim.
Particularly handy in an urban environment is Smart Park Assist System (SPAS), which allows the car to park automatically in a parallel, perpendicular or reverse scenario, and also includes the fitment of front parking sensors. Upgrades to the audio setup include a JBL® premium sound system with a pair of additional speakers, as well as wireless mobile phone charging.
Additional active safety features include Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with both city and pedestrian detection.
The Ceed ‘GT’ features all of the equipment that you’ll find with the ‘GT-Line’ versions, with the addition of 18-inch alloy wheels with red centre caps, a high gloss black and chrome ‘tiger nose’ grille with red insert, an air intake with a red accent on the lower lip, high gloss red side sill mouldings, red brake calipers and an uprated rear bumper with diffuser and dual exhausts. The sporty exterior look is completed by the fitment of LED bi-function headlights.
The cabin is uprated with black leather and faux suede upholstery and faux leather door centre trim with red accents. The seats, door cards and steering wheel all feature red contrasting stitching to deliver a sporting ambience, while a GT Performance mode has been added to the 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster display. Completing the list of additional equipment is a Smart Park Assist System (SPAS).
WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee’d with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.
A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.
The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.
Servicing is required every 20,000 miles (10,000 miles for the T-GDi engines) or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Ceed is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.
The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.
The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.
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Currently it is our third best-selling model in the UK, accounting for around 10 per cent of our sales. Globally, the first- and second-generation cee’d has sold more than 1.28 million units in its relatively short 11-year life, and we anticipate that the new Ceed will sell at an even quicker rate.
We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the five-door hatchback and Sportswagon models to outsell their predecessors.
Until there is some certainty around what the split from Europe means for the UK, it’s likely to continue to be turbulent in the new car market. Last year was once again another record year for Kia in the UK, with 97,323 cars delivered to customers during 2019. That represents an increase of 1.6 per cent, in a market that was down by 2.4 per cent and saw the lowest number of new vehicles registered since 2013. Last year, Kia moved up one place to number eight in the overall UK sales charts, which is a significant achievement in a sales environment that has been exceptionally tough.
The first year of the new decade is going to present a number of challenges – none more so than the switch from NEDC to WLTP CO2 emissions figures in April 2020. At a time when consumers expect to see ever-improving data, the change in regime means that all cars will see an increase to their emissions, meaning most owners will be paying more for their motoring each year. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for many and will take a lot of explaining in the showrooms. It will mean, however, that the fuel economy and CO2 emissions are more realistic in real-world driving and gives Kia the opportunity to fully leverage their range of highly efficient eco cars.
Mandatory CO2 standards for passenger cars were first introduced in 2009 by the European Union, and in 2020 a new, more stringent set of standards means that an average of 95g/km across the product range must be achieved. Failing to do so will result in significant fines, and therefore the primary focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km across the line-up.
There is a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Niro, XCeed, Soul EV, Sportage and Sorento.
2019 was very much the year of the Ceed, with replacements for the hatchback and Sportswagon and new entrants into the market thanks to the all-new XCeed and ProCeed. Every Ceed derivative posted an increase on the year before, and it was a similar story for many models in the Kia range, which saw a rise compared to 2018. Highlights include the Niro, with a 44 per cent increase, a rise of more than 6 per cent for the Picanto and 44 per cent growth in Stinger sales. Sorento registrations rose, too, while the most popular model in the Kia range, the Sportage remained broadly static but still the highest selling and most popular model.
Alternative fuel vehicles are continually hitting the headlines, and here at Kia we are very well placed to provide customers with a wide range of different solutions to suit individual needs. In 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.
The Ceed continues the remarkable trend established by our first European design, engineered and built version launches in 2007. It has played a significant role in the growth of the Kia brand both in the UK and across Europe and I believe the new car will continue that performance. This latest version answers every challenge that has been levelled at cee’d in the past. Vehicle dynamics are transformed. Refinement reaches a new level. Safety and driver assistance technology sets new standards in the class. Plus the Ceed has stand-out styling in a segment where many contenders are somewhat anonymous.
Yes of course we are concerned, but we think the launch of our new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine is quite timely, as it’s very clean and efficient. It exceeds the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations, including Euro 6d TEMP, and it is one of the most efficient diesel engines in the C-segment. Diesel power has traditionally been very popular in the Ceed’s predecessor, however if buyers want to opt for petrol, we have a range of highly efficient, cutting-edge turbocharged petrol engines that will exceed their expectations.
With the introduction of the latest emissions regulations, specifically the upcoming Euro 6d TEMP standards, Kia diesel engines have never been cleaner. They are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. For higher mileage users, diesel cars make total sense, delivering low running costs and exceptional fuel economy figures.
Previous generations have always been essential in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and I am certain that the Ceed will continue that trend. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver sensible choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. Ceed delivers the technology, safety, reliability and appeal that the fleet market demands in a stylish, comfortable and satisfying package.
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The Ceed’s 1.4-litre T-GDi and 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engines meet the needs of the majority of buyers. Combined, we expect the T-GDi petrol engines to account for the highest proportion of sales. Our new 1.6-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine will also account for a significant proportion of sales, particularly for fleet customers looking to reduce total running costs.
There are no plans at this time to offer a Ceed saloon in Europe.
We have the technology for a range of electrified powertrains and can confirm that the Ceed family will get our 48V mild-hybrid technology early in 2020. A plug-in hybrid drivetrain has been added to the Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed ranges already. We are evaluating electric powertrains for all of our future products, but we have no immediate plans for an electric Ceed at this time
Q Which C-segment cars has Kia identified as the Ceed development benchmarks?
The segment has a number of very strong contenders, with the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus the key benchmark models for the Ceed, particularly in terms of packaging and driving performance.
Q Has Albert Biermann played a role in the development of the new Ceed?
The dynamic development programme for the new Ceed ‘GT’ model has been overseen by Albert Biermann, with intensive development over the past six months. The development of the car has taken place in Europe, with significant input from engineers both here in Europe and at Kia’s Namyang research and development centre in Korea.
Q Does the new diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank?
Like many of its rivals, the Ceed’s new diesel engine requires urea for its Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control system. The SCR system enables the Ceed to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations – it is fully compliant with the 6d TEMP regulations. Depending on use, buyers will need to top-up the 12-litre tank after around 5,000 miles, though that varies from model to model. The car alerts the driver when the tank gets low and, if ignored, will eventually prevent the car from starting.
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