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The Kia Ceed family has had a facelift

Kia’s likable Ceed range has been updated for the 2022 model year

Published: 18 Oct 2021
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The current-generation Kia Cee-no-more-apostrophe-d was introduced in 2018, and almost three-and-a-half years into its lifecycle it’s due a facelift. Right on cue, here it is.

The Korean firm hasn’t interfered with the car’s lines and creases in any significant way, but various features have been updated: the headlights, taillights, grille and numerous bits of trim have been changed to give the Ceed a fresh look, and Kia - perhaps struggling for things to say - points out that the Ceed now wears the company’s new badge for the first time.

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More significant are the alterations made to the engine menu: the entry-level Ceed hatch gets either a 1.0-litre turbo petrol producing 118bhp for 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds, or a 1.6-litre diesel with mild-hybrid assistance and 134bhp.

They cost from £20,105 and £22,275 respectively, and in bog-standard ‘2’ trim you get 16-inch alloy wheels, electric and heated door mirrors, a leather steering wheel, cruise control with a speed limited function, an eight-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, a reversing camera, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Meanwhile the Sportswagon gets all of that in the same trim for £700 more, except if you want diesel power you’ll need to step up to the estate-only ‘2 Nav’ trim for £24,045, which throws in a USB charger, a bigger screen and Kia Connect services for good measure.

Step up to ‘3’ trim and you’ll unlock the option of a 1.5-litre turbo petrol with 158bhp, coupled with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto. You can get diesel power here in the hatch, too, but only with the manual ‘box. Prices range from £23,795 to £27,410, bolstering the Ceed with larger alloys, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing front wipers, dual automatic air con, rear parking sensors and a few other trinkets besides.

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GT-Line rounds off the line-up but the extra kit is largely cosmetic stuff, like gloss alloys and aluminium pedals.

The ProCeed lives in its own little bubble, with three trim levels - GT-Line, GT-Line S and GT - priced from £25,480 to £30,280. The first two make do with 1.5-litre turbo petrol power, but the top-spec car gets a 1.6-litre petrol (also turbocharged) that generates 201bhp. Naturally it’s the fastest Ceed in the range, capable of 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds, but as the red accents inside and out suggest, it’s more about looking quick than being quick.

Order books are open now and Kia says the first deliveries are already taking place.

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