The outgoing Kia Cee’d nameplate has had a pretty huge success since it was first revealed in 2012, with sales figures of around 640,000 units. However, the segment has become more challenging for the Korean automakers because of how its rivals have improved their offerings, including the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf, and the upcoming 2018 Ford Focus. And this is why Kia decided to raise the model’s game as it revealed their all new model ahead of its debut at Geneva next month.
Now, the automaker made a slight change to its name, now turning it into “Ceed”, by taking out the apostrophe. The reason for this is for it to appeal to the worldwide market. Ceed actually stands for “Community of Europe, with European Design”.
Similar to its predecessor, the 2018 Kia Ceed still has the automaker’s signature “Tiger Nose” grille tradition, flanked with ice cube daytime running lights that are pretty standard for them. This model gets more straight lines instead of creases and tapering lines like that of the previous model.
The new taillights with intricate lighting signature are quite an obvious upgrade. As for the wheels, the automaker has a choice between 15-inch steel wheels on the base car and 17-inch diamond cut alloys. We will have you decide whether or not it is less adventurous than its predecessor.
When looking into the cabin, the interior seems a bit more functional. The center console is angled towards the driver to make it easier for him to use. There are also a number of soft touch materials. Customers will be able to choose from an array of trims that will dress the cabin - from faux leather, real leather, aluminum and glossy plastics. As for the trunk capacity, it offers a generous space of over 395 liters.
Standard features that come with the model include automatic lights and keyless entry, though you could opt for a touchscreen that is larger than the 8-inch one. JLB sound system is available too for you to enjoy your music, and of course, a Wi-Fi hotspot so you could stream your videos. One thing that Kia can boast is their “level two autonomy” which features lane keeping assistance and active cruise control. This ensures that your car remains at a certain distance from other traffic, while making sure that it keeps to its lane.
There are several petrol and diesel options for you to choose to put under the hood. This includes a 1.6 liter diesel with output of either 113 horsepower or a more powerful 134 horsepower model.
As for the gasoline option, there is a turbocharged three cylinder 1.0 liter with 118 horsepower, a naturally aspirated 1.4 liter with 99 horsepower, and a turbocharged 1.4 liter that carries out 138 horsepower, while also replacing the 1.6 liter unit. They all come with a six speed manual transmission, except for the 1.4 liter gasoline and 1.6 liter engine that are paired with a seven speed double clutch transmission.