Kia’s pulled the covers off the brand new Kia Ceed before it makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Program in March. It will take on the similarity the Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and Hyundai i30 when it goes on sale in mid-2018.
2019 Kia Ceed Styling
The new Ceed may have dropped the old car’s errant apostrophe however its acquired some sporty styling influenced by Kia’s new Stinger GT. The pinched grille (Kia calls it a tiger nose) between the headlights looks similar to the old car however large intakes and sharp creases make the new model appearance a lot more aggressive.
It’s a comparable story when you look at the new Ceed from the side. The old car’s windows snapped up towards the bootlid but the new model comes with a flatter style that mimics the most recent Hyundai i30 and recently exposed Mercedes A-Class. This makes it look longer, regardless of being the same size as the outbound model.
Walk around to the new Ceed’s boot and you’ll discover its brake lights are much narrower and larger than those on the older model. These, combined with the raised number plate, help emphasise the new car’s width making it look lower and sportier than the old car.
2019 Kia Ceed Interior
To compliment its clever new exterior, the new Ceed gets a totally various cabin to the old model. You get a pared-back dashboard style and sporty new dials together with a new infotainment display screen that sits above the dashboard instead of tucked under the air vents.
Entry-level cars get a rather little five-inch screen while mid-range cars get a larger seven-inch screen. Fancy something a little bit more state-of-the-art? Hand over for a high-spec car and you’ll get an eight-inch touchscreen with integrated satellite navigation. All models feature Bluetooth connectivity as standard while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart device matching are available throughout the range.
The new Ceed is 20mm wider than the old car so there’s more elbow and shoulder space for carrying 3 passengers in the back. You can likewise lower the front seats closer to the floor than in the old model to offer you more headroom in the front if you’re really high.
In spite of being no longer than the old model, boot space has likewise been offered an increase– the Ceed will now swallow 395 litres of luggage compared to the old car’s 380-litre capability. That suggests the new Ceed can hold 25 litres more than a Vauxhall Astra and 15 litres more than a VW Golf.
2019 Kia Ceed Engines and Driving
The new Ceed comes with the choice of 4 new engines. There’s a 1.0-litre petrol with 120hp that’ll be ideal if you live and work in the city and a sportier 1.4-litre petrol model with 140hp. You can also get a set of 1.6-litre diesels producing 115hp and 136hp that’ll be more suitable if you do lots of long motorway journeys.
Whichever engine you select, the new Ceed comes with a six-speed handbook transmission as standard. You can, however, get a seven-speed automatic transmission in 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre models that’ll give your left leg a rest in stop-start traffic.
Another feature that’ll help make the Ceed more relaxing to drive is Kia’s new semi-autonomous driving tech. Pay a little extra and you can get the new car fitted with systems that’ll brake, accelerate as well as steer for you on freeways at speeds up to 81mph. You also get automatic emergency braking as standard in mid-range models that’ll help prevent low-speed collisions by using the brakes if a barrier is spotted ahead.
2019 Kia Ceed Price and Release Date
Kia hasn’t announced what does it cost? the new Ceed will cost however it must set you back slightly more throughout the range than the outgoing car when it goes on sale in mid-2018. As a result, you can anticipate to pay from around ₤ 15,500 for an entry-level car and around ₤ 24,500 for a top-spec model with all the bells and whistles.