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Kia Ceed Hatchback full 9 point review

  • Performance

    3 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadWith 133bhp on tap, you’d think the 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine would have sufficient shove to move things along at a brisk rate, but it doesn’t feel nearly as punchy as its 9.9sec 0-62mph sprint time would suggest. A much better bet is the 126bhp 1.6-litre diesel, which pulls strongly, revs sweetly and is relaxed at motorway speeds. The 201bhp GT version is swift without ever feeling properly rapid.

  • Ride & Handling

    3 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadThe Ceed’s underpinnings are as sophisticated as the best European hatches and, for the most part, it’s comfortably controlled. If anything, the suspension is just a tad slack, allowing the bonnet to bob up and down too much over undulating surfaces. There’s also too much delay between steering inputs and the nose of the car changing direction.

  • Refinement

    3 out of 5 stars

    Review-OnRoadYou need to rev the petrol engine quite hard to exact any kind of performance, and when you do, it becomes pretty vocal. The stronger torque of the diesel engine means it demands less throttle pressure, allowing you to stroke it along, short-shifting through the gears, minimising revs and mechanical clatter. Wind and road noise are pretty well isolated, too.