It's a straight choice between the five-door Cee'd, the three-door Pro_cee'd. The three-door model is more sporty to drive, but the ride is too harsh and there’s excessive road noise. The boot is slightly smaller than the five-door version's, too.
The 105bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine is willing and easy, but the 124bhp 1.6-litre is the better option overall. The 1.6-litre diesel comes with either 89bhp or 113bhp, but we'd recommend the more-powerful version because it offers decent performance, without big fuel bills. There's also a rare 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which is fast but not substantially better.
The entry-level Cee'd S comes with air-con, front electric windows and a CD player, while the GS gets alloy wheels, remote central locking and a stereo upgrade. The LS (available with the 1.6-litre petrol and 113bhp diesel only) comes with climate control, rear electric windows and half-leather seats. There was also a Sport version of the 2.0-litre diesel available until the face-lift, with larger alloys, tinted windows and stability control as standard.
Kia face-lifted the Cee’d in October 2009, with new front- and rear styling, an upgraded cabin and different wheels. Kia also renamed the trims 1, 2 or 3, but kept the specification as before. The slow-selling 2.0-litre diesel was retired and the 1.6-litre Ecodynamics edition, with engine stop-start technology, was introduced. The Pro_ceed had to wait until early 2011 for a face-lift and a 126bhp version of the 1.6-litre diesel engine.