The KIA Ceed 3rd Generation: What's New?
Added: 19 March 2018
This month Kia revealed full details of its most striking Ceed hatchback yet at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The third generation Ceed has been designed and developed in Europe as an intention to challenge the top selling hatchbacks.
Kia certainly have high hopes for the new Ceed then, which is also reflected in its sales ambitions as they exceed its former counterparts by some margin.
The biggest news however comes to the miniscule change to the name. Kia have decided to change the name from cee’d to Ceed - a small change that could potentially have a significant impact (particularly for the spell checkers!).
With Kia’s hopes for success set firmly sky high, let’s take a look at some of the other new features on the Ceed that are making them so optimistic!
What’s New on the Kia Ceed Exterior and Interior?
The name isn’t the only thing that’s been simplified on the new Ceed, Kia have toiled away at the lines of the car to give them a sharper look with the intention of making it look sportier. A wider edition of Kia’s renowned ‘tiger-nose’ grille has been applied to the front and the air intake is now set lower down which also adds to the ‘sporty’ edge Kia seem to be going for. The LED daytime running lights (named ‘ice cube’ lights) from the older GT and GT-line models also come as standard on all new Ceed models.
On the inside, it’s clear that the focus has been to raise the overall quality of the cabin, however it does remain typically Kia like with the dashboard effectively split into two. The top half of the dashboard accommodates a touchscreen infotainment system while the lower half has the controls for the stereo and climate control.
The driving position in the new Ceed is lower too so you get more headroom in the front while in the rear passengers will have more shoulder room. At 395-litres the boot is also larger than a Volkswagen Golf’s!
Kia Ceed Performance and Specifications
Kia have introduced a new suspension system that is fully independent – this makes the car’s steering much more quicker so the car feels a lot more agile. They say it will also give a smooth ride, more body control and better stability at higher speeds so overall comfort hasn’t been sacrificed.
The Ceed comes in a wide variety pf engines ranging from an entry level 100PS 1.4 to a revised 140PS 1.4-litre which replaces the old 1.6 version. Additionally, there are two versions of the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine available, with 115PS and 136PS. All engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission gearbox is available as an option on all models except for the two least powerful petrol engines.
The Drive Mode Select system will also help you tailor the responses of the car, with normal mode having an emphasis on fuel economy and easy manoeuvrability, while Sport mode unleashes faster acceleration, throttle response and adds weight to the steering.
Kia Ceed Technology and Safety
The Ceed will be the most technologically advanced car in its class according to Kia with Bluetooth connectivity, automatic lights and keyless entry coming as standard. A heated windscreen option is also available for the first on a Kia and a Lane Following Assist system also makes its debut on a Kia. Buyers can also treat themselves to a number of options if they wish such as adaptive cruise control, parking assist, blind spot warning and pedestrian recognition for the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system.
If you’d like to find out more about the New Kia Ceed then you can speak to one of our expert advisors using our online contact form here.