Kia’s pulled the covers off the all-new Kia Ceed before it makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Program in March. It will go up against the likes of the Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and Hyundai i30 when it goes on sale in mid-2018.
2019 Kia Ceed Styling
The new Ceed might have dropped the old car’s errant apostrophe but its gotten some stylish styling influenced by Kia’s new Stinger GT. The pinched grille (Kia calls it a tiger nose) in between the headlights looks similar to the old car but large consumptions and sharp creases make the new model appearance much more aggressive.
It’s a comparable story when you take a look at the new Ceed from the side. The old car’s windows flicked up towards the bootlid however the new model features a flatter style that simulates the latest Hyundai i30 and recently exposed Mercedes A-Class. This makes it look longer, in spite of being the same size as the outbound model.
Walk around to the new Ceed’s boot and you’ll observe its brake lights are much narrower and larger than those on the older model. These, combined with the raised number plate, assistance stress the new car’s width making it look lower and sportier than the old car.
2019 Kia Ceed Interior
To enhance its wise new exterior, the new Ceed gets a totally different cabin to the old model. You get a pared-back dashboard style and sporty new dials alongside a new infotainment display that sits above the control panel instead of tucked under the air vents.
Entry-level cars get a rather little five-inch screen while mid-range cars get a bigger seven-inch screen. Fancy something a little bit more high-tech? Hand over for a high-spec car and you’ll get an eight-inch touchscreen with built-in satellite navigation. All models feature Bluetooth connectivity as requirement while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart device mirroring are available throughout the range.
The new Ceed is 20mm larger than the old car so there’s more elbow and shoulder room for carrying 3 guests in the back. You can likewise decrease the front seats closer to the floor than in the old model to give you more headroom in the front if you’re very tall.
Regardless of being no longer than the old model, boot area has also been given a boost– the Ceed will now swallow 395 litres of travel luggage compared to the old car’s 380-litre capacity. 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 features the choice of 4 new engines. There’s a 1.0-litre gas with 120hp that’ll be ideal if you live and work in the city and a sportier 1.4-litre fuel model with 140hp. You can likewise get a set of 1.6-litre diesels producing 115hp and 136hp that’ll be more suitable if you do lots of long freeway journeys.
Whichever engine you pick, the new Ceed features a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. You can, nevertheless, get a seven-speed automated transmission in 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre models that’ll provide 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 additional and you can get the new car fitted with systems that’ll brake, accelerate as well as steer for you on motorways at accelerate to 81mph. You also get automated emergency situation braking as basic in mid-range models that’ll assist avoid low-speed crashes by using the brakes if an obstacle is found ahead.
2019 Kia Ceed Price and Release Date
Kia hasn’t announced just how much the new Ceed will cost however it should set you back somewhat more throughout the range than the outgoing car when it goes on sale in mid-2018. As an outcome, you can expect 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.