Kia cee’d hatchback can compete with the best of hatchbacks in many aspects. The 3-door sporty looking hatchback is powered by a range of efficient diesel and gasoline engines. You will get great value for money here , lots of kit, generous space, and a high quality cabin and all at a very competitive price as compared to its rivals. Kia Cee’d might only be in its 2nd generation but it is already winning he trust of customers and is already a worry for its rivals.
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Exterior and Interiors
Kia cee’d hatchback looks great both form outside as well as the insides. Although the precise dimensions have not been announced, expect Kia to be longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, but it will retain the same wheelbase. The back end of the model is certainly borrowed from the wide rear stance of the Volkswagen Scirocco. You will find the same nose treatment in the front. One look inside and you will find the touch of class everywhere. The dashboard layout supports a driver-orientated facade and the main switchgear is located for more convenience of the driver. You will find the car equipped with the standard air conditioning, heated door mirrors, daytime running lights, front electric windows, and iPod-compatible audio system with CD player, radio. There is Bluetooth connectivity and USB port as well. See many amenities like LED daytime lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear combination lamps etc.
Engine and Performance
In European mark, Kia cee’d hatchback offers choice of four engines, and one can opt for 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual. The 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine offers .9sec 0-62mph sprint time but still lacks the punch. 126bhp 1.6-litre diesel seems to be a much safer bet that revs sweetly, pulls strongly and seems relaxed at higher speeds. However, the suspension is just a bit limp and you can feel the bonnet to bobbing up and down too over rolling surfaces. However, the gearshifter and handbrake along with the cruise control and all-round electric windows make for a smoother ride. The stronger torque in the diesel engine allows you stroke it along while demanding less throttle pressure. The updated engines offers 4% improvement in fuel consumption.
Kia cee’d hatchback is rich in safety features. You get anti-lock brakes, drivers air bag, headlamp adjustment, adjustable steering wheel, front fog lamps, power steering, electronic stability program, etc. When it comes to safety, you will it given the due importance in Kia. You will find Kia, front, side and curtain airbags and sensing auto door unlocking for added safety. There is also speed sensing door locking, -built alarm system and child safety door locks.
- Great value for money
- Lots of space
- High quality cabin
- lots of features for a very competitive price
- Comfortable and easy to drive
- European rivals offer better drive
- 1.6 petrol engine could be more refined
- Depreciation will be higher
- Steering is overly light
Kia cee’d hatchback offers a perfect blend of styling with the functionality and space of a five-door hatch. The spacious and stylish family car carries lots of equipment but the ride loses its edge on those rough surfaces. The biggest frustration is the overly light steering. However, there were lots to celebrate this Christmas for Kia as there were booming sales and the number of new Kias on the road was up by 20% in 2011. One can expect well-respected cars from Kia that come with 7 year warranties.