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The new Kia Ceed loses an apostrophe - but gains new tech and engines

The all-new Ceed goes on sale in Ireland next month.

Image: Kia

MUCH HAS CHANGED with Kia’s new C-segment hatchback, including the name. The new Ceed loses the apostrophe in its name to help its search engine rankings, but that isn’t the only aspect that improves.

The design is sharper, and most will agree it’s better looking than its predecessor. Interior space is improved thanks to its new shape that benefits boot space, which is now 395 litres, making it the second-best in class. Rear passenger legroom is good, and up front, the cabin quality is much better.

A trip of engines will be available, starting with a turbocharged 1.0-litre triple delivering 120hp. Kia will also offer a new range-topping 1.4-litre petrol engine with 140hp, and this will also be available with a slick-shifting seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. However, this engine will only be available to buy in the top-tier K5 specification grade.

Source: Kia

There will still be a diesel offering in the range, in the form of a new 1.6-litre four-cylinder. Although available in two power outputs, only the lesser 115hp engine makes it to Ireland. With emissions of 101g/km, it won’t cost much to tax either.

Pricing for the new Ceed will start at €22,695 for the 1.0-litre petrol in the K2 specification. This equipment level provides 16-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, leather-covered steering wheel, cloth upholstery, 7-inch touchscreen display, reversing camera and Bluetooth with voice recognition.

Source: Kia

The K3 grade costs €24,295 and adds LED front and rear lights, wireless phone charging pad, electric parking brake, and parking sensors. The diesel engine will also be offered in these grades at a price of €24,995 for the K2 and €26,595 for the K3.

A more upmarket K4 grade is available in the 1.0-litre petrol, adding 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth and artificial leather seats, 8-inch display, rain sensing wipers and auto temperature control.

If you want to opt for the 1.4-litre petrol in the K5 grade, you’ll need to stump up €28,595. With that, you do get leather seats that are heated both front and rear, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, smart key with a push-button start and blindspot collision warning.

Source: Kia

All models will also feature forward collision assist, lane keep assist, high beam assist and a driver attention warning system as standard.

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Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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