Review

Kia Cee'd hatchback

£14,605 - £24,000

Kia Cee'd hatchback owner reviews

77%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
David from Carluke
3
3
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
Eco Dynamic (2), 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2010
Average annual mileage 
15,000 – 19,999
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
New
Review 
The car is comfortable to drive, more so than i thought. I really don't think the car should have 6 gears, with only 89bhp it really does struggle. I have even looked at getting an ecu chip for it as it really does not pull well in gears. Although we were needing something that would do more mpg than our 2005 civic vtec sport (old shape) it just isn't pokey enough and really isn't any fun to drive.I Don't expect blistering speeds just a bit of go would be nice from time to time! I do however like the look of the car and heating is great and seating is comfortable both front and rear. Mpg so far is good 54mpg can't complain at that am sure this will improve as the miles go on - only 1200 so far! The boot, i feel is very spacious and is more than ample for the size of car and especially for what we use it for. Window washers are situated under the top of the bonnet and even in these temperatures rarely freeze which is great! Overall slightly less than average in my eyes it really is just the 89bhp that lets it down i think kia have really tried to go over the top eco with this car it just doesnt quite come off for them!
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
2
2
Running costs:
5
5
Gwynedd from Cheltenham
5
5
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
SR-7, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
0 – 4,999
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
Used
Review 
This is the first time since 1974 that i have not bought a british/ mg rover car(british built. By chance we went to a kia agent following alot of good reports on kia cars. The one i have now was offered at the right price,at the right time. I am very pleased with it, it runs so quietly you strain to hear the engine, it copes with my shopping etc, and the sitting position for driving is the first time i have not driven on the steering wheel. After twelve months it is still a good looking car, mileage within range of 30-40 miles per gallon and other than the colour (which i was personally disappointed about ) i love it......
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
5
5
Problems 
Gearbox / clutch
Dan
2
2
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.6 petrol 3 trim
Year of registration 
2013
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
New
Review 
My dad had this on hire while he waited for his company car to be built. A decent car very comfortable and quiet with lots of space inside. Pretty good looking too. Why the terrible rating then? Well its all because of the auto box, it really was the worst gearbox i have ever used. Wouldnt kick down quickly enough and even in sport mode changed up too early at times. It also stayed in second gear coming up to junctions so would have to wait a few seconds for it to realise we have stopped. My mums c4 egs gearbox is better thats how bad the kia box is. Wouldnt reconmend the car with this gearbox to anyone
Gerald Bearman from London
4
4
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.6 crdi auto
Year of registration 
2012
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
Cee'd 2 1.6 CRDi auto 8500 miles only 32.5 mpg Poor ride with 16" wheels on rough roads, ok on motorway. better with 15" higher profile tyres. Not fit for purpose jacking system, No permanent engine temp gauge or easy view trip odometer, have to use hard to read menu. Pointless & feel less Flex steer. Headlights not strong enough. Would prefer rear lights to illuminate with DRL. Best feature excellent autobox/engine combo No turbo lag. Like powered foldback door mirrors, rear parking sensors. Space saver wheel. Do not like omission of drivers knee air bag, & auto dip rear view mirror.
Problems 
Other
Steven from Lisburn
3
3
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
LS, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2007
Average annual mileage 
15,000 – 19,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Quite a good car for the money and more reliable than previous cars i have owned. The long warranty is a godsend! Fuel economy is nowhere near the official figures and servicing costs are more expensive than average. Gearbox is clunky when cold and brakes make a grinding noise when cold. The design and layout suits me perfectly and insurance and road tax are very reasonable. This is my first kia and probably won`t be my last.
Reliability:
3
3
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
3
3
Problems 
Electrics
Engine
Other
Peter
5
5
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
TDI, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2007
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Owned for 
3 - 5 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
Kia ceed is a brilliant car. Was able to cope in the recent deep snow and cold no problem whilst other cars same size where left stranded. Have driven kia many thousands miles over 1 weekend from country to country, ie often drove kia over 3 countries (running 3 marathons in 3 consecutive days in 3 different countres). Kia and i kept up well. Can you sponsor me for south pole marathon. Have run 360 marathons, irish record
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
4
4
Matt from Didcot
5
5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
3 SW, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2010
Average annual mileage 
More than 20,000
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
New
Review 
Exceeds all expectations. Very high build quality on facelift ceed - better than focus and in many ways better than the golf. Performance is amazing from a 1.6 diesel. A little noisy at high motorway speeds, but still quieter than a focus. It looks classy and only let down by the kia badge on the front! In the past i've owned £50k cars (like new range rover sport) and i'm just as happy in my ceed sw!!
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
4
4
Graham
5
5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
LS, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2007
Average annual mileage 
15,000 – 19,999
Owned for 
Less than a year
Bought car 
Used
Review 
Despite the lack of a major brand badge my kia ceed has met my expectations of matching a similar vw/audi model. The audio and steering controls work brilliantly, the dash and dials look great, the ipod connection is a great bonus too. Dealer experience has been good so far and 7 year warranty is another bonus. The only real item i miss is a bluetooth phone connection that is available on later models
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
5
5
Problems 
Engine
Gerald Bearman from Edgware NW London
4
4
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.6 CRDI auto
Year of registration 
2012
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Typical MPG 
34.00
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
Ride uncomfortable, better on 15" wheels. Steering vastly improves with Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance tyres. Fuel consumption brim to brim over 14000 miles 34 mpg. Best feature is the excellent auto box turbo diesel combo, no turbo lag. All versions require auto lights. Diabolical menu. Not fit for purpose jacking system, overlarge fuel dial, Requires permanent temp gauge & trip odometer.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
4
4
David
5
5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
GSi, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
0 – 4,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
My is fantastic to drive, it is very deceiving as the interior is bigger than what it seems like from the outside. It is a comfortable drive whether it is a trip to do the shopping or a camping/caravan uk holiday in cornwall (i live in manchester). All in all i am very happy with it. I get a new car in july 2012, the only difference will be that i am going for the estate version of the cee'd.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
5
5
Alexander
4
4
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
With 7-year warranty exceptional value for the £8,000 price i paid (under the scrappage scheme with extra discount). Most annoying feature is very poor torque at low revs. Functional, but does not inspire same affection as previous car (blue peugeot 306) which after ten years was still receiving unsolicited praise for its good looks and comfortable ride and was a pleasure to drive.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
2
2
Running costs:
3
3
Robert from Durham
5
5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
SW GS, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2008
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
The most reliable car i have ever owned. Clever design (ceed sw) gives much more load space than most competitors which i need for family holidays. Comfortable, economical and looks good. Test drove lots of cars before buying this one (including upmarket brands) and was particularly impressed by how good the diesel version is. Drives with the ease and smoothness of a petrol engine.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
4
4
Robert from Lanarkshire
4
4
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
GS, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2008
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
Performs generally well with good economy. has a few unidentified interior rattles but nothing serious. Biggest gripe is play on drive shafts which although apparently within tolerance requires changing down a gear whenyou do not really wish to, eg can not drop below 40 mph in top gear without the transmission beginning to "judder". Otherwise pleased.
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
4
4
Problems 
Electrics
Other
Colin
4
4
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
gs, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2008
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
A really good car. Gives you the feeling that it's well designed and built and that the 7 year warranty won't be needed to be used much. It has a few rough edges but is great value for money. Passengers are pleasantly surprised at the room and comfort. Engine oil level never moves and it averages well over 50 mpg so really inexpensive motoring.
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
5
5
Problems 
Engine
Paul from Halifax
4
4
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
SR-7, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
Very comfortable and reliable to date (9000 miles). Car is too low geared (20 mph /1000 revs in 5th) and fuel economy much worse than official figures despite driving economically . With previous cars i have always bettered official figures. Claimed 46.3 mpg impossible to achieve. 36 -38 is as good as it gets - not good enough!
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
2
2
Running costs:
2
2
Peter from Berks
1
1
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
SW Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
More than 20,000
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
The car was one of the best i have ever owned, however it had an injection fault and neither the kia garages or the kia technical dept. could cure it. I could have cured it at a specialist for £250 but that would invalidate the warranty. Kia would not download the software change, or modify the injectors to cure the miss-fire.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
2
2
Problems 
Electrics
Engine
Eric from Middlesbrough
5
5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
Ceed 3, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
The kia ceed is a well designed and well built car ideal for journeys i do the engine is quiet for a diesel and a strong performer the car is very comfortable on long journeys and very easy to drive and very economical i have recommended it to my friends and several have also purchased one and been very happy with it.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
5
5
Chris from Nottingham
4
4
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
GL, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2008
Average annual mileage 
More than 20,000
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
Does everyting that could reasonably be expected of a car. Rides and handles as well, if not better than more "established" models from major european manufacturers. The amount of kit that comes as standard is a bonus (as is a 7 year warrenty), but means that it is around 25% cheaper than simalarly specced rivals.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
3
3
Running costs:
4
4
kenneth from Hants
3.7
3.7
I wouldn't recommend this car to a friend
Version 
1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
10,000 – 14,999
Typical MPG 
50.00
Owned for 
3 - 5 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
suffered 1 small electrical earth fault. brake master cylinder replaced and the drivers sunvisor replaced twice but still does not stay up properly. the ICE had to be replaced due to a fault
Reliability:
4
4
Performance:
4
4
Running costs:
3
3
No way does the economy come close to matching the published figure or what I have achieved from higher powered diesels
Adrian from Grantham
5
5
I would recommend this car to a friend
Version 
SW 3, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual
Year of registration 
2009
Average annual mileage 
5,000 – 9,999
Owned for 
1 - 2 years
Bought car 
New
Review 
Excellent value for money. High spec. Surprisingly good performance for a 1.6 diesel. Feels like a 2.0 or 2.2 litre. Very economical, if right foot is restrained. Plenty of legroom front and back, and excellent load carrying capabilities. This is my second new kia cee'd sw estate in 3 years.
Reliability:
5
5
Performance:
5
5
Running costs:
4
4

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