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The Top Gear car review:Kia Cee’d

Overall verdict
Second-gen Kia Cee’d aims to move the game on further and present a compelling VW Golf alternative.


Fresh new styling, better quality cabin


Higher prices pitch it against able rivals


What is it?

Kia launched this second generation Cee’d in the UK last year. The oily bits may not be all new but there was nothing wrong with them to start with, and the new body and interior on top give it much more appeal against the likes of the Golf and Focus. It isn’t as cheap as it was but Kia hasn’t forgotten we expect it to offer more than the mainstream for less. This one still does.

So, clever Kia, huh. Retaining all the talents of the original, enhancing its weak points yet still playing the value card well. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6T GDi GT 5dr
7.3s 170g/km 38.2 201 £23,455
The cheapest
1.4 1 5dr
12.3s 138g/km 47.1 98 £15,110
The greenest
1.6 CRDi ISG 1 5dr
9.5s 94g/km 78.5 134 £17,130
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